Flag bearers at the IAAF World Junior Championships Oregon 2014 (Getty Images)

Candidature process

Bringing a World Athletics Series event to your city begins with a candidature. The candidature process is a collaboration between the interested city, the relevant member federation and the IAAF.

IAAF’s World Athletics Series currently features nine events that member federations can candidate for. The portfolio includes biennial and quadrennial events.

Events open for candidature

Events highlighted in red are open for candidature

Event Frequency Next candidature process
IAAF World Championships Every two years - odd years 2023 in process
2025 will open in 2020
IAAF World Indoor Championships Every two years - even years 2022 will open in January 2019
IAAF World U20 Championships Every two years - even years 2020 in process
2022 will open in 2019
IAAF Continental Cup Every four years - even years 2022 will open in January 2019
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Every two years - odd years 2021 in process
2023 will open in 2020
IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships Every two years - even years 2022 will open in January 2019
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Every two years - even years 2022 will open in January 2019
IAAF World Relays Every two years - odd years 2021 in process
2023 will open in 2020

 

Candidature procedure

For the 2021 World Cross Country Championships, the candidature procedure will be running from January to November:

• March - Opening of the candidature process:
Every year a circular letter is sent out to all IAAF member federations, specifying which events are open for hosting and communicating the deadline for first element to be sent through, the letter of intent [English | French]

• April - Deadline to submit letter of intent:
The letter of intent should be signed by the relevant member federation. Even though it is not a binding document, it expresses the interest to go forward

• End of April - IAAF sends the 'candidature file':
Upon receipt of the letter of intent, the candidate member federation receives relevant bidding documents

• October - Deadline to submit candidature documents:
After the relevant bidding documents are submitted, all candidatures are evaluated by the IAAF

• October/November - Evaluation by IAAF of candidatures:
For some events, an Evaluation Commission visit will be part of the evaluation by the IAAF

• November/December - Final presentation to IAAF Council and announcement of the host city:
The final step is the presentation of the candidature to the IAAF Council to elect the host city


When there are multiple candidates bidding for an IAAF event, only the event year in question will be awarded and there is an open bidding procedure for the following event. Decisions on successive hosts for IAAF events can be made, but only if the bidding process states at the outset that host cities for more than one edition of an event are to be selected.

Related Documents

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Expression of Interest 2021 Hosting opportunities - English EN
Expression of Interest 2021 Hosting opportunities - French FR