IAAF to implement area allocation across all World Athletics Series events
The IAAF Council, the ruling body of the international athletics federation, has approved new bidding rules which mean that future editions of the World Championships and World Indoor Championships, and ultimately of all of the top-tier World Athletics Series events, will be allocated after the Council first selects an area to host the event.
The new rules, which will take effect from 1 January, were trialled this year, resulting in the selection of Budapest in Hungary as the host of the 2023 World Championships.
The IAAF said: “This process, whereby the IAAF Council selects an area to host the event, and then a bid evaluation panel recommends a host city from interested candidates, will be adopted for World Athletics Championships and World Indoor Championships initially, and eventually for all World Athletics Series events.”
As expected, Budapest was last week selected to stage the IAAF World Championships in 2023, after it was named in July as the preferred European city to act as host.
Barcelona in Spain had also expressed interest.
The decision followed an announcement by the Hungarian government in October that it would provide all necessary financial guarantees to support the bid.
Budapest has never staged the biennial World Championships before. Doha in Qatar and Eugene in Oregon, USA will host the 2019 and 2021 editions, respectively.
Winning the right to stage the championships represents some consolation for erstwhile leaders of Budapest’s aborted bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games who were bitterly disappointed when the bid was abandoned in February 2017 following the complete breakdown of political support.
A youth political movement had been successful in a month-long campaign to garner enough signatures to force a referendum on the bid, but the government pulled the bid before a vote could be organised.