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News20 Apr 2021

Opportunities available for cities to host future World Athletics Series events


The heptathlon 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships (© Getty Images)

World Athletics is now inviting potential hosts for six World Athletics Series events to register their interest by 1 June.

Bid guides for the 2024 and 2026 editions of the World Athletics Indoor Championships, World Athletics Cross Country Championships and World Athletics U20 Championships are now available to download.

The World Athletics Indoor Championships is an immersive experience like none other in the sport, placing spectators close to the action. The world’s best track and field athletes compete in 26 championship events over three days of non-stop action. The 2024 edition will be the final global championships in the lead-up to the Paris Olympic Games.

The World Athletics Cross Country Championships is the premier footrace for the world’s toughest runners. The event features five championship races – three for seniors and two for U20 athletes – while the World Masters Championships will also be incorporated into the programme for the upcoming editions.

The World Athletics U20 Championships is a festival of track and field for the youth. Held over six days, it gives the world an opportunity to see the next generation of athletics stars in action.

Through its globally appealing and accessible events, World Athletics aims to attract the world’s best athletes to the world’s greatest places to inspire people on and off the field. For host cities, World Athletics Series events help to boost the local economy, drive sport tourism, promote active lifestyles, inspire youth, and put existing infrastructure to good use.

“By partnering with World Athletics, a host city takes on a global spotlight, driving the elite profile of athletics both locally and internationally, and encouraging more active communities through legacy programmes that we can help our host cities to develop,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said.

The bid documents contain pages of useful information for prospective host cities of World Athletics Series events, outlining the benefits for hosts, the social and environmental impact, and the revenue potential. Bidding requirements, processes and timelines are also included in each bid guide.

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