Bu­dapest to host 2023 IAAF World Cham­pi­onships

Gulf Times Sport - - FRONT PAGE - Reuters, Monaco

Bu­dapest will host the 2023 ath­let­ics world cham­pi­onships, the gov­ern­ing IAAF an­nounced yes­ter­day.

The Hun­gar­ian cap­i­tal is the first host city to be named un­der a new bid­ding process an­nounced in Fe­bru­ary last year by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF).

IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe said af­ter a meet­ing of the IAAF Coun­cil in Monaco that Hun­gary boasted both ath­letic tra­di­tion and ex­pe­ri­ence in or­gan­is­ing world-class sports events.

“It has been the scene of some of our greatest mo­ments as a sport. We are ex­cited about their plans for a new sta­dium that will be­come a great legacy for ath­let­ics,” he said.

The new sta­dium will be built on the east­ern bank of the River Danube with a ca­pac­ity of 40,000 for the cham­pi­onships, re­duced to 15,000 for fu­ture events.

Bu­dapest has twice hosted the IAAF world in­door cham­pi­onships and the Euro­pean ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships.

The 2019 world cham­pi­onships will be held in Doha, Qatar, and the 2021 edi­tion in Eu­gene, Ore­gon.

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