The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) delegates have concluded today their inspection visit to Kazan. The purpose of their two-day visit was to inspect the host city’s progress in the build-up to the upcoming IAAF World U20 Championships. The IAAF 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-Russian 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.
On November 4, the delegates visited the Central Stadium, the competition venue of the future sporting event. “It’s not the first time that the IAAF representatives visit Kazan. In terms of events, the IAAF World Junior Championships are the same as the senior championships; there’s little difference between them: here we also have rising athletics stars and they achieve very high results. All competitions will be held here, at one venue. Our impression of visiting the venue and the city in general is very positive. The infrastructure is perfect. Of course, works need to be done to prepare the stadium, but everything goes according to plan,” Mikhail Butov said to reporters.
On November 4-5, the IAAF delegates held discussions with functional area (FA) managers of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects. During the meetings, the parties addressed 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 inspected the Universiade Village, the official place of accommodation for athletes of the upcoming sporting event.
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 20 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.