Arena Torun (© Adam Nurkiewicz)
The World Athletics Council has today (22) awarded the 2024 World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships to Antalya in Turkiye and the 2026 World Athletics Indoor Championships to Torun in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region of Poland.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “Both Turkiye and Poland have established good records as hosts of international athletics events. Turkiye 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.”
This will be the second time that Turkiye has hosted a World Athletics Series event, following the 2012 World Athletics Indoor Championships, held in Istanbul. Some 500 athletes from 50 countries are expected to compete in Antalya next year in what will be a qualifying event for the Paris Olympic Games.
Fatih Cintimar, President of the Turkish Athletics Federation, said: “The fact that a World Athletics Championships will be hosted in Antalya is very important in terms of raising awareness of athletics in Turkiye, gaining new athletics fans and increasing the popularity of athletics. We hope to gain great momentum for our sport by hosting the World Race Walking Team Championships.”
Torun, in the Kuyavian-Pomeranian region of Poland, is a well-known destination for leading international athletes as the host of the Copernicus Cup, a popular annual stop on the World Athletics Indoor Tour, where Mondo Duplantis set his first world pole vault record in 2020, and of the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2021.
Piotr Calbecki, Marshall of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Region, which will co-host the championships with Torun, said: “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 co-operation with the local authorities of Torun, 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 Torun, will be an excellent opportunity to promote our region on an unprecedented scale.”
Henryk Olszewski, President of the Polish Athletic Association, added: "I am pleased that Poland has been awarded another great athletics event. I am convinced that the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Region will be an exemplary host, and in 2026 in Arena Torun, they will organise the best World Athletics Indoor Championships in history.”
The Council also received updates on other upcoming World Athletics Series events. The Local Organising Committee for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 reported that their preparations were on track for August’s championships.