Following a site visit from IAAF competitions and technical delegates, the IAAF has confirmed that they are pleased with the city’s preparations for the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.
On 2-4 March 2018, more than 400 athletes from about 150 countries will compete at Birmingham’s indoor arena over three action-packed days of athletics, as the IAAF World Indoor Championships come to the city.
Birmingham was the venue for the World Indoor Championships in 2003 and went on to hold the 2007 European Indoor Championships and 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The city also annually hosts an IAAF Diamond League meeting, an IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting and the British Championships.
The IAAF received updates from the local organising committee (made up of representatives from Birmingham City Council, British Athletics and the NEC Group) on all elements of the championships and visited the recently redeveloped indoor arena, which will play host to the championships in 2018.
“The IAAF delegation came with high expectations and we were not disappointed,” said IAAF Competitions Director Paul Hardy. “Knowing what the City of Birmingham and UK Athletics have delivered in the past already gave us confidence in the organisation and our two days in Birmingham confirmed these expectations.
“We were particularly impressed with the refurbishments to the indoor arena. With expected full crowds over the five competition sessions, the stunning arena will showcase to the world the best in global athletics. Together with the local organising committee, we discussed ideas to continue the innovations and momentum coming from the World Indoor Championships in Portland earlier this year. Birmingham is shaping up to be an extremely well organised and exciting World Indoor Championships.”
LOC for the IAAF