Tampere, Valencia to host 2018 IAAF World Athletics series events
During the International Association of Athletics Federations Council Meeting yesterday, it was decided that Tampere, Finland, and Valencia, Spain, would host two 2018 IAAF World Athletics Series events.
Tampere will host the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships.
The Finnish city was the sole bidder and Council fully endorsed its bid to host this event. With Helsinki having twice staged the IAAF World Championships, this will be the first time that Finland has played host to an age-group IAAF championship event.
Tampere's delegation included Tampere's Deputy Mayor Anna-Kaisa Heinamaki, Perttu Pesa, Elisa Hakanen and Pasi Oksanen.
"Of course we are happy and proud," said Deputy Mayor Anna-Kaisa Heinamaki. "Organising major events is part of our strategy to develop our city area and to provide healthier life from the babies to the elderly. It is also a great opportunity for us to invest in sport venues and sport clubs. Organising major events is a great way to combine everyday life exercising and elite sport."
Valencia will stage the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Ten years after hosting the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and 37 years after hosting the IAAF World Race Walking Cup, Valencia will stage its third IAAF World Athletics Series event. It will be the second time Spain has hosted the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships, 22 years after Palma de Mallorca staged the event.
"I am delighted to congratulate Tampere and Valencia, who have won the right to host the World U20 and World Half Marathon Championships in 2018. They each delivered impressive presentations and documents befitting the IAAF World Athletics Series, and we are assured of successful competitions in two years' time," said IAAF president, Sebastian Coe.