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Runners put pressure on European Athletics to drop Shell as sponsor

March 22 2023 - News Release News Editorial

Damian Hall and Jasmin Paris are among a number of runners to sign a letter asking the organisation to ‘discontinue any commercial relationship’ with the oil company

Runners put pressure on European Athletics to drop Shell as sponsor

A group of climate experts and high-profile runners, including Damian Hall and Jasmin Paris, are calling on European Athletics to drop Shell as a sponsor following the high profile branding at the European Indoor Championships.

An open letter with 100 signatories, from Olympians to everyday club runners, was yesterday sent to European Athletics asking for this change to be made.

The letter, created by New Weather Institute, Green Runners and Champions for Earth, states: ‘We were both surprised and disappointed to see the very high-profile sponsorship by Shell, the biggest European oil and gas producer and one of the 10 most climate-polluting companies in the world, of the recent European Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul. We are asking you to discontinue any commercial relationship with Shell, whether through advertising or sponsorship.’

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