News27 Mar 2007

Daegu and Moscow celebrate…President Diack acknowledges “Four great cities in the race from three different continents”


Kim Bum-il, Mayor, Daegu Metropolitan city (r) and Shin Pil-yul, President of the Korean Athletics Federation (l) and IAAF President Lamine Diack (c) celebrate after Daegu is announced as the host to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2011 (© Getty Images)

 Daegu and Moscow were proclaimed today in Mombasa as respectively the hosts of the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics, bringing closure to an election campaign that began in April 2006, when a record number of nine candidates submitted letters of intent to host the 2011 edition of the event.
After declaring the final results, IAAF President Lamine Diack addressed the press conference room, which was packed to the rafters with bid delegates, IAAF representatives and Media, who were waiting to hear his announcement:

“I am convinced that each of these cities is more than capable of hosting excellent editions of our World Championships, but in every competition we have to have winners and losers. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank each bidding city for becoming a candidate city for the 2011 and 2013 World Championships in Athletics – the IAAF’s most important competition.”

“The IAAF has been very pleased to have had four great cities in the race – from three different continents – and they have all showed outstanding professionalism and enthusiasm throughout the bid process. They have also demonstrated strong support from political and other authorities, and a glance at the list of VIPs who have made the long trip to Mombasa to support their bids, shows that they consider the World Championships to be more than just a sporting event.”

“By taking part in this race, the bidding cities have shown the best of themselves and have promoted Athletics as a major and universal sport. It should not be forgotten that when the Evaluation process began, we had interest from a record nine countries from five continents, so I consider that the final four candidates who arrived in Mombasa should be proud of getting this far. I sincerely hope that those who were not successful this time return with another bid in the future.”

The election of the winning host cities, was given a full day of the IAAF Council meeting in Mombasa, and took the form of excellent audiovisual presentations from each bidding city and discussion of the final report produced by the IAAF's evaluation team. Although the votes will not be publicised, each winning candidate achieved an absolute majority in the first rounds of voting (at least 13 votes).

Mayor of Daegu comments on award of 2011 World Championships

Isinbayeva comments on award of 2013 World Championships to Moscow

As well as the photographs published in the multimedia section of this website we have produced a brief Pictorial Record of the final bid presentations click here to download in pdf format 

The full list of candidates (by IAAF Member Federation, with cities listed when known) that submitted letters of intent to host the 2011 World Championships by 4 April 2006 were as follows:
Australia AUS (Brisbane)
Croatia CRO (Split)
Spain ESP (Madrid or Valencia)
Korea KOR (Daegu)
Morocco MAR (Casablanca)
Russia RUS (Moscow)
Sweden SWE
United Arab Emirates UAE

List of VIPs supporting the bidders for the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships:


Kim, Myung-gon Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism
Kim, Bum-il Mayor, Daegu Metropolitan city
Yoo, Chong-ha President, Bidding Committee, Former Ambassador
Kim, Sang-woo KOC, General Secretary, Former Ambassador
Park, Jong-keun Chairman, National Assembly, Special Committee
Joo, Ho-young Member, National Assembly, Special Committee
Kim, Jung-kil President, Korea Sports Council
Shin, Pil-yul President, KAF
Lee, Hwa-eon Chairman, Daegu Bank
Lee Ihn-joong President, Daegu Cham. of Commerce


Valery Vinogradov Vice – Mayor of Moscow, Government of Moscow
Valentin Balakhnichev President of the All – Russia Athletic Federation
Vladimir Vasin Vice President of the Olympic Committee of Russia
Yuri Nagornykh First Deputy Chairman, Sports Committee of Moscow
Aleksey Sorokin Deputy Chairman, Sports Committee of Moscow
Alexandr Polinsky   General Director, Agency for Sports
Yelena Isinbayeva World, Olympic and European Champion, and World Record Holder


Jordi Hereu - Mayor of Barcelona
Jaime Lissavetsky - Minister of Sport
Pere Alcober - Sports Councillor
Roma Cuyas - Local Federation President
Fermin Cacho - Olympic champion 1500m
Marta Dominguez - Double European Champion 5000m


Peter Beattie - Premier of Queensland
Campbell Newman - Lord Mayor of Brisbane
John Coates - President of National Olympic Committee
Des Power - Chairman of Bid Committee
Herb Elliot - Olympic Champion 1500m, World record holder 1500m/Mile
Sonia O’Sullivan - World Champion 5000m, Double World Cross Country Champion
Rob de Castella - World Champion, Marathon
Craig Mottram - Double World Cup winner 3000m


The 11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics will be held in Osaka, Japan in 2007, and the 12th edition of the championships will be hosted by Berlin, Germany in 2009.

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