The European Track and Field Championships will be held in Yugoslavia next week despite ethnic unrest in the region, the head of the meet’s governing body said today.
Carl-Olaf Homen, president of the European Athletics Assn., said that he was “very aware of developments in Yugoslavia” but that the situation did not warrant moving the championships from Split, where they are set to begin next Monday.
“At this point in time there is no alternative . . . and we have no reason to even consider a switch,” Homen said. He added that three association officials and scores of athletes were already in Split, with more arriving each day.
Tension increased this weekend in Croatia, the republic in which Split is located, after Serbians there held an autonomy referendum in defiance of a government order.