Kazan, a growing sporting stronghold in Russia, has been named as the host city for athletics’ IAAF World Junior Championships in 2016.
The announcement was made this week following a meeting of the IAAF Council in the Senegalese capital Dakar at which Barcelona in Spain, Doha in Qatar and Eugene in Oregon, USA were confirmed as the bidders to host the IAAF World Championships in 2019.
The 2016 World Junior Championships will take place at Kazan’s 22,600-capacity Central Stadium, one of the venues for the 2013 Universiade, the university games, held in the city in the Tatarstan region.
Kazan, which promotes itself as the ‘sports capital of Russia’, is looking to develop a legacy from the Universiade by hosting other international sporting events, including this year’s World Fencing Championships, swimming’s 2015 FINA World Championships and matches at soccer’s 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The IAAF has also revealed the candidate cities interested in hosting events in the top-tier IAAF World Athletics Series between 2017 and 2019, with bids received from five of the six continents.
Doha is looking to bounce back from unsuccessful bids for the 2017 World Championships, which went to London, by landing the 2019 event and building on Qatar’s burgeoning profile in sport.
Barcelona has relatively recent experience of hosting a major international track and field event, having staged the European Athletics Championships in 2010, while Eugene, which stages the Prefontaine Classic, an annual IAAF Diamond League meeting, is seeking to become the first US city to host the World Championships.
The next edition of the IAAF’s showpiece event is in the Chinese capital Beijing in 2015.
Bids have also been received for the following World Athletics Series events:
2018 IAAF Continental Cup
Ostrava, Czech Republic
2017 IAAF World Youth Championships
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
The hosts of all these championships will decided at the next IAAF Council meeting in Monaco in November.Sportcal