The first day of the 212th IAAF Council Meeting, chaired by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, was held today (25) at Le Meridien hotel, Monaco.
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2020
The Polish port city of Gdynia which is part of the urban ‘Tricity’ with Gdansk and Sopot, the latter held the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, was this afternoon awarded the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 2020.
Running in Poland has seen tremendous growth in the last ten years. 6 million Poles run and there are 4500 running events staged annually, of which the half marathon is the most popular distance. The annual Gdynia Half Marathon is a IAAF Bronze Label Road Race.
Sebastian Coe commented: “We are always honoured when experienced member federations with proven organisational credentials and a strong athletics culture and tradition wish to host our competitions. Poland is a regular, well trusted host of IAAF World Athletics Series events and Gdynia’s bid application was very comprehensive and to the highest technical standards. Their intention to hold kids (‘Athletics For Everyone’) and mass races which attract young Poles to the sport and in association with the championships was very exciting.”
Piotr Dlugosielski – POL MF International Director, commented: “We are very thankful to the IAAF for putting their trust in us, this is the first time this event has been awarded to Poland. The new format, combining a mass event with elite athletes will help and boost our running movement in Poland. Our new project Athletics For Everyone, involves more than 100,000 children and it will be a big part of the World Half Marathon Championships.”