Copyright – 2022 – Athletics Illustrated

The organizing committee, Oregon22, of the 2022 Eugene World Athletics Championships announced that they have sold over 100,000 tickets to the meet. This is the first time that the event will have been held in the US and the second time in North America, iIt was held in Edmonton in 2001.

According to their news release, “this significant milestone comes with just over six months until the start of competition. Tickets have been secured by fans from six continents, over 30 countries, and all 50 states, reflecting the truly global nature of this massive event.”

The meet is made up of 16 sessions over 10 days with 147 gold medals to be won by over 2,000 athletes from over 200 countries.

The World Championships were to start in 1916 at the Berlin Olympics – the Olympics would serve as the World Championships – but the Games were cancelled due to the war. The first edition happened in 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1976, a version of the World Championships was created in Malmo, Sweden. And, they ran again in 1980 in Sittard, Netherlands. In 1983, the meet was officially adopted as the World Championships by the International Association of Athletics Federation. The IAAF is now called World Athletics.

Eugene boasts the new and slick Hayward Field, where most of the competition will take place. The marathon and racewalks will be competed on the roads on a spectator-friendly course.