IAAF set to discuss scrapping formal bidding for World Championships

2017/2/6 16:12:34

<Discussions could take place between representatives from both sides, for instance, and then the IAAF could rule a city may be most suited to a particular event, such as the IAAF World Indoor Championships or an age group event.

 


By Nick Butler in Monte Carlo for Inside the Games website, Feb 5, 2017:

 

Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe is expected to propose a move away from formal bidding procedures for major events during a Council meeting here.

 

Under possible plans, the IAAF could abolish any sort of bidding system for major events, including their flagship World Championships, and instead prioritise informal consultations with cities before announcing a chosen host.

 

The Briton first raised these plans to insidethegames at November's Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Doha before vowing to raise them at the next Council meeting.

 

The current process [for selecting host cities] is sub-optimal, Coe said.

 

We have five major opportunities in a decade to showcase athletics.

 

We therefore need to be in places that can help us grow our sport.

 

We need to create the right partnerships from the outset.

 

Ones where you are working together to ensure a Championships which is great for sport but is also great for the city.

 

I want to talk with Council at our next meeting about the best process by which to deliver this.

 

Exactly how this proposal will be put forward remains unclear, and it is possible that it could be rejected completely by the ruling body.

 

But the change is considered a means by which to tailor events more around the desires of a specific city and to ensure the most mutually compatible host.

 

This is thought to be particularly important today due to the growing difficulty in many Western countries to justify bidding for major events.

 

Discussions could take place between representatives from both sides, for instance, and then the IAAF could rule a city may be most suited to a particular event, such as the IAAF World Indoor Championships or an age group event.

 

 

 

Others may be more suitable to a different style of event such as the Nitro Athletics Series currently taking place in Melbourne.

 

Every outdoor edition of the IAAF World Championships has already been awarded up to 2021, meaning the 2023 edition is the earliest which could benefit from these changes.

 

But other earlier events such as the 2020 and 2022 IAAF World Indoor Championships could also potentially be affected.

 

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