Monaco - With the deadline for receiving the final bids to host the 2009
edition of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics expiring at midnight on 29
June, the IAAF can now confirm that this edition of the IAAF’s most
important competition will take place in Europe.
When IAAF Council meets in Helsinki on 4-5 December this year they
will consider presentations from Berlin (GER), Brussels (BEL), Valencia (ESP)
and Split (CRO) before selecting one winner.
Originally, when the IAAF sought letters of intent from its Member
Federations, there were eight contenders from six IAAF Areas, including
Brisbane (AUS), Casablanca (MAR) Daegu (KOR) and New Delhi (IND). But these
candidates have now withdrawn from the 2009 contest but all have indicated that
they will return with bids for future editions of the event.
The 2007 edition of the World Championships is scheduled to take place in
the Japanese city of Osaka.
2006 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
The deadline has also passed for receipt of letters of intent from Member
Federations interested in hosting the 2006 edition of the IAAF World Half
Marathon Championships, with Sydney (AUS), Rio de Janeiro (BRA) and Stuttgart
(GER) now in the frame. The decision on this venue will be taken at the IAAF
Council Meeting scheduled for spring of 2005. The 2004 edition of this
competition takes place in New Delhi on 3 October.