Lazaro Martinez on his way to gold in the triple jump at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 (Getty Images)

World Athletics U20 Championships

About the event

The IAAF World U20 Championships, formerly known as the IAAF World Junior Championships, brings together the best young athletes from around the world to compete against each other on the global stage. It gives 18 and 19-year-old competitors a valuable first experience of a world championships. Up to 2200 athletes and officials from 170 national federations can be expected to take part. The six-day event is generally staged in July, every even year.

History of host cities

2018 Tampere, Finland
2016 Bydgoszcz, Poland
2014 Eugene, USA
2012 Barcelona, Spain
2010 Moncton, Canada
2008 Bydgoszcz, Poland
2006 Beijing, China
2004 Grosseto, Italy
2002 Kingston, Jamaica
2000 Santiago, Chile
1998 Annecy, France
1996 Sydney, Australia
1994 Lisbon, Portugal
1992 Seoul, Korea
1990 Plovdiv, Bulgaria
1988 Sudbury, Canada
1986 Athens, Greece

Last event organised

IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018


Next event open for bid

World Athletics U20 Championships 2022 – Express your interest here  

Candidature process

Date of award 21/11/19
Consultation with the selected area and relevant MFs, to find potential host countries through M-Circular and Expression of Interest  
Deadline for Expressions of Interests received 15/03/19
Application Form, Budget, EOA, Risk Assessment and Guidelines sent to Bidding Cities 01/04/19
Calls between World Athletics and the bidding cities to clarify the documents, get update on process and highlight any issues April to June 2019 
Deadline for submission of draft application 01/07/19
Initial Assessment sent to Bidding Cities 01/08/19
Calls between World Athletics and the bidding cities to clarify the documents received and answer questions Aug 2019
Bid Evaluation Panel Site Visit  
Final application form sent back with signed EOA, CRA, Budget, Risk Assessment 01/10/19
Final assessment provided to World Athletics Council 15/10/19
Bid Candidates present to the World Athletics Council and Host City appointed 21/11/19


Host city rights


• Ticketing revenues (if relevant)

• Sale of official programmes

• Use of official event marks

• Use of VIK products/services for the organisation of the event where supplied by World Athletics partners

• Opportunity to secure national sponsors

• Opportunity to sell event-related merchandise


Host city requirements


• Minimum population of 100,000

• International airport within a two-hour bus ride of the host city


• Minimum 10,000 seat stadium with Class 1 World Athletics Facility certificate and eight-lane track

• All technical and functional areas, including call room(s), mixed zone, post event area, photo-finish control room, video recording room, results management room, doping control station, technical information centre, rest area for combined events athletes, and seats for coaches and teams

• Warm-up facility, including a separate area for long throws within easy walking distance of the stadium

• Two training venues

• Installation of event venue decoration, at least two state-of-the-art video screens and quality sound system at the main stadium

• Ensuring the main stadium is equipped with reliable and modern communication network, infrastructure and services

• Ensuring the venue is provided commercially clean

• Taking all available measures to minimise ambush marketing in association with the event

• First-class event presentation, including the services of the World Athletics event presentation team


• Securing rooms for athletes, officials, World Athletics Family and media:

  · Athletes and team officials: 2100 beds (300 single & 900 twin/double rooms);

  · World Athletics Family: 250 beds (150 single & 50 twin/double rooms);

  · Media: 100 beds;

  · Technical suppliers;

  · Accreditation staff.

• Payment of the difference between the cost of full board accommodation in a twin room and US$100 (US$75 in student lodging) for all quota athletes (max 500 for a maximum of 8 nights)

• Max US$75 charge per person per night for full board accommodation in a twin room at university facilities or US$100 per person per night for full board accommodation in a twin room for any non-quota athletes and all officials (max 8 nights)

• Full board accommodation for all World Athletics competition delegates (maximum 32 people) and accreditation staff

• Max US$120 charge per person per night for members of the World Athletics Family

• Negotiate a corporate rate with official hotels to be charged to additional World Athletics Family members

• Providing team meeting rooms


• Local transportation system for the event between hotels, venues, city centre, airports, main train stations and event-related social functions

• Economy travel for World Athletics competition delegates (max 32) attending the event and preliminary site visits


• Ensuring that internal systems are compatible with the system of the World Athletics’s appointed ticketing provider

• Providing seats and hospitality boxes where available free of charge to World Athletics, Dentsu, commercial affiliates and broadcasters

• Providing seats free of charge to athletes and officials (min 500)


• The host will use the World Athletics’s accreditation system for the event, at a cost of US$2.50 per accreditation card to be paid to World Athletics

• Volunteers to staff the accreditation centre(s)


• Creation of all official event logos, mascot, poster and ‘event look’, in association with World Athletics and Dentsu

• Registration of event marks for the protection of intellectual property


• Payment for the host broadcaster (to be appointed by World Athletics) to broadcast the entire event

• Provision of all broadcast and media facilities, equipment and services, including media and press centres, telecommunication and other communication facilities, accommodation and transportation, press conference facilities (including simultaneous translation) and accreditation services


• Temporary event offices and storage facilities for World Athletics, Dentsu and commercial affiliates in the venue and official hotels

• Provision of free internet connection to the World Athletics Family

• Assistance to World Athletics and Dentsu with the recruitment of local staff and volunteers where required

• Providing hospitality areas to the World Athletics Family

• Providing space at the event site for Dentsu and commercial affiliates to exercise their franchising, display, demonstration and selling rights

• Providing sufficient and adequate space for Dentsu and commercial affiliates to set up their own hospitality programmes


• Development and implementation of a security plan including security personnel to protect and safeguard the event site and security and protection for members of the World Athletics Family


• Medical and doping control services for the event, including approximately 120 urine tests and approximately 50 EPO or other additional special analysis (e.g. IRMS), and approximately 120 blood tests

• Medical support for all accreditation holders for all incidents occurring during their stay in the host country

The following are the minimum requirements requested by World Athletics for the Doping Control Station but must be adapted to the anticipated number of doping tests to be conducted:

• An experienced Doping Control Staff including:

  · Experienced, authorised doping control officers;

  · Assistants to witness the urine collection; and

  · An appropriate number of escorts for the athletes’ notification.

• Facilities and materials:

  · A waiting room with adequate seating (15-20 people), a variety of refrigerated sealed drinks and, if possible, TV screens;

  · A working room equipped with the necessary furniture for four people attending the sampling procedure;

  · WCs adjoining the working room, at least two toilets (male and female);

  · Sampling material approved by the World Athletics Medical and Anti-Doping Commission and World Athletics Doping Control and Notification Forms;

  · Transportation for the athletes back to the hotel at the end of the control; and

  · Provision of facilities for blood testing at the athletes’ hotel(s) accommodation location before the competition.


• All social functions, opening and closing ceremonies, official receptions, and other official funactions and programmes


• The government of the host country must sign a declaration committing their support for hosting the World Athletics U20 Championships. This includes financial, visa, work permit, customs, and security commitments.


• Payment of all taxes, duties or other governmental levies imposed on World Athletics, Dentsu or commercial affiliates, including for the importation of products and equipment into the host country, airport taxes for accreditation holders, local taxes on tickets, and advertising in connection with the event

• Payment of any taxes that the host country’s government may levy on any prize money

• Ensuring that the World Athletics Family obtain all necessary public authorisations, such as work permits, visas and customs clearances


• Promotion and marketing of the event in coordination with World Athletics and Dentsu, and producing and implementing a promotion and communication plan in relation to the event, including city dressing, venue dressing, media communications, and digital strategy


• Obtaining the necessary insurance policies for the event, including cancellation, public liability, comprehensive business insurance, and any other necessary insurances, with such policy limits as approved by World Athletics


• Provision of regular progress reports to World Athletics and Dentsu

• Maintaining accurate and complete books of account in relation to all financial transactions, and provision of a final financial report post-event 


All rights and requirements outlined in this document are for indicative purposes only and are subject to change.