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Toruń lands World Athletics Indoor Championships

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The Polish city of Toruń has been awarded hosting rights for the 2026 edition of the World Athletics Indoor Championships.

Toruń, which is located in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region of Poland, hosts the annual Copernicus Cup, a stop on the World Athletics Indoor Tour. It also hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2921.

The 2026 World Indoors event will be held at the Arena Toruń, which opened in 2014. World Athletics has also announced that Antalya in Turkey will host the 2024 World Race Walking Team Championships.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: “Both Turkey and Poland have established good records as hosts of international athletics events.

“Turkey most recently hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul this month, despite the hardships created by the recent earthquake, while Poland is a regular host of World Athletics Series events, having staged the World Athletics Relays in Silesia in 2021 and the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia in 2020, underlying their commitment to our sport on a global level.”

Piotr Calbecki, Marshall of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region, which will co-host the 2026 event alongside Toruń, added: “We’re very proud that the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region has been selected as the host of the 2026 World Athletics Indoor Championships. This will be the highlight of our long-term cooperation with the local authorities of Toruń, Bydgoszcz and the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Athletics Association.

“For us, the World Indoor Championships will be the cherry on top. The 2026 World Indoor Championships, held in Arena Toruń, will be an excellent opportunity to promote our region on an unprecedented scale.”

The World Indoor Athletics Championships are held every two years. The Serbian capital of Belgrade hosted the most recent edition in March 2022.

The Scottish city of Glasgow will host the next edition from March 1-3, 2024. Nanjing in China had been due to host this month, but in September it was announced that the event had been postponed until March 2025 due to the ongoing COVID-19 conditions in the country.

The Nanjing event has been postponed three times, having originally been due to take place in March 2020, then March 2021, then March 2023. An event could not be rescheduled for this year, but Glasgow’s Emirates Arena will host in 2024 as originally planned.