IAAF stops bidding process for World Athletics series

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The Council of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has resolved to jettison the competitive bidding process to win the right to stage the IAAF World Athletics Series competitions.

The council approved a proposal made by its president, Sebastian Coe, no longer to continue with the formal bidding process by which the IAAF had traditionally attracted applications from host nations, including the IAAF World Championships.

The decision reached at its meeting held in France that in future, the IAAF said it would now assess the strategic goals for growing the sport in relation to each IAAF competition, targeting cities from countries and regions which will best assist the delivery of those aims.

“The aim is to create a true partnership matching the hopes and ambitions of potential hosts with those of the IAAF.

“The new selection process will commence with the awarding of IAAF World Athletics Series events after 2021, until then the established bidding process will continue.”

They might have reached decision following controversies that dogged award of such events to Russia and Qatar. ##



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