Britain bids to host the 2029 World Athletics Championships

Britain is in the running to host the 2029 World Athletics Championships, UK Athletics chief executive Jack Buckner said on Monday.

World Indoor Athletics Championship 2024, Glasgow (image credits- twitter@WorldAthletics)
By Soumya | Mar 5, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Britain is in the running to host the 2029 World Athletics Championships, UK Athletics chief executive Jack Buckner said on Monday. London staged the event in 2017, while Glasgow hosted the World Indoor Championships last weekend.

After three thrilling days of competition, the curtain came down on the 19th edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Sunday. Some 650 athletes from more than 130 countries fought hard to claim the 26 world indoor championship titles with the USA topping the table with an impressive 20 medals and two new world records set.

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With 20 reigning world champions and seven gold medallists from the Tokyo Olympics, the calibre of competition lived up to the hype for the 22,000 spectators who attended across the six action-packed sessions.

“We’d love to have another crack at 2029 and a world championships,” Buckner told the BBC. “We just do a great job. Everyone talks about the atmosphere at every event we’ve done. “I think London (2017) was transformational and it built off 2012 (the Olympic Games). It was transformational in all sorts of ways.”

“We first of all have to do a feasibility study and look at what the various options are.” London is expected to be the preferred venue. West Ham’s 60,000-capacity London Stadium hosted the 2017 event and the 2012 Olympics.

“We can’t definitely say it’ll be London, but it would be in our mind given the success of it before,” Buckner added. The world championships will be in Tokyo next year, while Beijing will play host in 2027.

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