World Athletics Championships heading to Beijing in 2027

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Beijing has been awarded hosting rights to the 2027 edition of the World Athletics Championships.

The event will take place at the National Stadium, which was built for the 2008 Olympic Games and also hosted the World Athletics Championships in 2015.

The 2027 event will mark the second consecutive World Athletics Championships in Asia, with Tokyo scheduled to host in 2025. The 2023 event was held in Budapest.

China was awarded hosting rights to the event after the Italian Athletics Federation announced that it had withdrawn a bid for the competition to be held in Rome due to a lack of financial support from the government.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: “Congratulations to Beijing on their successful bid to host the World Athletics Championships in 2027, 12 years after our athletes lit up the National Stadium for the 15th edition of our global showpiece.

“With a population of more than 1.4 billion, China is one of the biggest sports markets in the world. It was the top performer for Wanda Diamond League broadcast consumption in 2023 with a cumulative audience of 368.9 million. This poses a massive opportunity to grow our sport and fan base in one of the biggest commercial markets in the world.

“With the announcement of China as our next host, our last four World Athletics Championships have now been awarded to the world’s four largest economies; the USA (Oregon), the EU (Budapest), Japan (Tokyo) and China (Beijing).”

World Athletics made the announcement ahead of the start of the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow tomorrow (Friday). The Chinese city of Nanjing will also host next year’s World Indoor Championships.

Earlier this month, Beijing was awarded hosting rights for the 2029 World Aquatics Championships.