IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere on 10-15 July
Tampere will host the IAAF World U20 Championships on 10-15 July 2018. It will be the first time a Scandinavian city has hosted a global age-group athletics championships and it looks set to be one of the biggest yet. World U20 Championships gathers over 170 nationalities to Tampere Stadium.
Finland’s leading U20 athletes expressed their heightened anticipation for the championships at a recent press conference.
“I’m very excited," said sprinter Samuel Purola. “It’s such an amazing experience to run in a world championships in front of my home audience."
“With 49 Olympic track and field champions to date from a population of only five million, Finland punches above its athletics weight and is arguably the modern spiritual home of athletics," said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
Finland was one of the 17 founding members of the IAAF in 1912 and has since developed a world-renowned reputation for successfully hosting major athletics events, including one Olympic Games, two World Championships and three European Championships.
“The combination of an unrivalled national athletics culture, vast hosting experience and an athletics-loving city will ensure that the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 this July will be an athletics meeting to savour."