Tokyo lands 2025 World Athletics showcase


Tokyo to host 2025 World Athletics Championships Image: Tokyo 2020

Tokyo (Japan) has been selected as the Host City for the World Athletics Championships in 2025.

‘sky sports’ stated that Japan’s capital held a delayed Olympics last year behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2025 World Athletics Championships will be the 20th edition of the World Athletics Championships, and are scheduled to be held in Summer 2025 in Tokyo, Japan. The championships will use the 68,000-capacity National Stadium, rebuilt for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games.

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and also known as Tokyo 2020, was an international multisport event held from July 23rd to August 8th, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan, with few preliminary events that began on July 21st.

‘sky sports’ further stated that the above decision was rubber-stamped at the Council’s meeting in Eugene (US) ahead of the start of the 18th edition of the World Championships which began in Eugene, Oregon, US, on July 15th and will continue till July 24th, 2022, with Tokyo holding off competition from Nairobi (Kenya), Silesia (a historical region of Central Europe that lies mostly within Poland) and Singapore.

Said Lord Coe, World Athletics President, “Within an extremely strong field of candidates to host the World Athletics Championships 2025, Tokyo offered a compelling bid. I hope this will be a shining light for Japan as they celebrate 100 years of the Japanese Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) in 2025, by bringing world-class athletics back to the people in Tokyo.”

Budapest (Hungary) will host the 2023 World Championships, with this year’s event having been pushed back 12 months to accommodate the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Visa cases

Meanwhile, Coe has conceded not all outstanding visa cases will be resolved. He stated this ahead of this year’s World Championships which got off to a start on July 15th in Eugene, Oregon, US.

Almost 400 athletes and officials have suffered visa issues to enter the United States before the Championships started in Eugene on July 15th.

Ferdinand Omanyala, who has run the third fastest 100m time in the world this year, only had his travel visa approved on July 13th.

Earlier, Lord Coe stated, “We will work right up to the last minute but will we be able to resolve all those issues in time for the start of competition? No, we won’t be. The one thing which is clear to me as we battle to do as much as we possibly can is it is complicated. In relative percentage terms it’s a small number but it’s of no comfort if you are in that category. Of course, there are lessons to be learnt but the key learning is this is a very complicated landscape. There isn’t one thing which you can look at and say it’s the dominant problem.”

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Oregon22 and World Athletics have dealt with 374 cases with 255 resolved and 20 refused.

In some cases athletes have had delays in getting interviews or applications have either been late or suffered with incorrect information.

Said a World Athletics statement, “The Oregon 22 Organizing Committee and World Athletics are working closely with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee ( USOPC) to follow up on visa applications, the majority of which have been successfully resolved. We continue to follow up with those outstanding visa issues. International travel in general has become more challenging due to the pandemic and we are extremely grateful for the help and experience of the USOPC in helping to resolve issues that have come up in the last few weeks.”

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