Rome, Bydgoszcz to host reallocated World Athletics events

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January 08, 2016
@Normal:Great Britain's Morgan Lake celebrates after clearing the bar in the finals of the women's high jump event at the IAAF World Junior Championships track and field competition in Eugene, Oregon on July 27, 2014. Lake won the women's high jump at 6"4' .

THE International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council yesterday decided the host cities for two 2016 IAAF World Athletics Series events:

The IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships will be held from May 7-8 in Rome, Italy, while the IAAF World U-20 Championships, will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from July 19-24.

Rome won with nine votes ahead of Guayaquil (Ecuador) four, Kiev (Ukraine) four, and Monterrey (Mexico) two.

Bydgoszcz's vote was unanimous as there were no other bidders.

Australia and India had expressed interest but did not submit bids

A total of 19 Council members took part in the two votes.

IAAF president Sebastian Coe, for the sake of neutrality as the head of the Council, did not participate and will also not vote in any future host city decisions.

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