02 JUL 2013 Press Release Monaco

Record participation expected in Donetsk – IAAF World Youth Championships

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The IAAF World Youth Championships, which will take place from 10 to 14 July 2013 in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, is on course to become the biggest gathering of athletes in the history of the Championships.

With the deadline for the Entries now closed, we are proud to announce that no fewer than 1532 athletes have been entered, 840 boys and 713 girls.

The best attended World Youth Championships so far was two years ago in Lille, when 1322 athletes took part.

Even taking into account the fact that the final participation figure will be slightly lower than the entries, there is optimism that record numbers will be reached.

Athletes will represent 165 IAAF National Member Federations. The most attended edition in terms of different nationalities was Marrakech 2005, when 177 countries made the trip to Morocco.

Following a year where record participation figures were achieved at both the IAAF World Junior Championships and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, this year’s World Youth Championships in Donetsk is shaping up to be another incredible week of athletics.

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