Representatives of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) are about to arrive in Kazan on November 4-5 to check the host city’s preparation for the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships. The delegation is composed of IAAF Events and Competitions Director Paul Hardy, IAAF Senior Competitions Manager Carlo de Angeli, IAAF Event Coordinator Véronique Marchal-Rejaud, technical delegates Helmut Digel and Chris Cohen, Secretary General of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) and IAAF Council member Mikhail Butov, Head of the ARAF Sports Programmes Department and Coordinator for the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships Elena Orlova and other officials.
It is expected that the IAAF delegates will hold discussions with functional area (FA) managers of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects who are responsible for the preparation of the upcoming sporting event. During the meetings, the parties will address such aspects as accreditation, medical service, doping control, ticketing programme, broadcasting, branding/event look, transportation, Opening/Closing Ceremonies, protocol (medals and flags), and event financing. The delegates will inspect the Universiade Village – the student campus that more than once has become an official place of accommodation for athletes coming to Kazan for international competitions – and city hotels.
Moreover, on November 4 the IAAF representatives will visit the Central Stadium where events of the upcoming IAAF World U20 Championships will be hosted. The delegates will mainly focus on the venue’s zoning: athletes’ arrival and departure areas, warm-up areas, field of play, mixed zone, post-competition area, event management area, competition offices, announcer positions.
The 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships are the world championships for junior aged athletes held under auspices of the International International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The tournament is organised biennially since 1986. Only athletes that are 19 years old or younger are eligible to enter the competition. The previous edition was held in Eugene (USA) in 2014. 1,645 athletes from 175 countries competed at the tournament. It is expected that up to 1,500 athletes and around 700 officials will take part in the Kazan Championships that are due to be held on July 19-24, 2016. 200 national technical officials and 50 international ones are about to officiate at the competitions. The track and field hall of the Central Stadium will serve as a pre-competition warm-up venue, while the Universiade Village Stadium and the Olymp Stadium’s throw sector will be used for practices.
Press Office of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects