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World Athletics Council announced Wednesday that Glasgow has been awarded the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships (WIC). The 2024 World Athletics U20 Championships have been awarded to Lima.

Glasgow 2024

Glasgow hosted the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Emirates Arena, which is where the 2024 indoor meet will be held.

Birmingham, UK hosted the latest edition in 2018. The next one will take place in Belgrade in 2022. The 2020 edition was to take place in Nanjing, CHN, but was postponed due to the pandemic and will happen in 2023. Neither Glasgow nor Lima have previously hosted the WIC.

The US has topped the medal table in the previous seven WICs and 11 of the past 12. Russia or the Soviet Union topped the medal table six times and East Germany during the inaugural year in 1985.

The meet ran every other odd year until 2004, where it switched to even years without interruption until the pandemic.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, said, “I’m delighted that Glasgow has been chosen to host the prestigious World Athletics Indoor Championships in 2024. This will underline Scotland’s global reputation as the Perfect Stage for events and is welcome news as we look to recover from the pandemic.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said, “We are delighted that Glasgow and Scotland have been chosen to host the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and securing the Championships reinforces our reputation as a global leader in the delivery of innovative and world-class events.

Lima U20 championships

“We look forward to working closely with World Athletics and our partners to deliver the truly memorable Championships, and to welcoming athletes and fans from around the world to Glasgow and Scotland in 2024.”

The President of the Peruvian Athletics Federation, Javier Chirinos Hoyos, said this was a big moment for athletics in Peru.

“We are very happy and proud to have been chosen for the first time ever, to host the 2024 World U20 Championships,” he said. “Rest assured that we will organise the best event of this category in history. We have the experience and a great team to give the best in Lima in 2024. Thanks all and we will be waiting with open arms for all of you in Lima.”

BBC to continue to broadcast world outdoor and indoor championships

The British public broadcaster will broadcast the next five editions of the World Athletics Championships.

The multi-year agreement with World Athletics also covers three World Indoor Championships, including Glasgow’s.

The 2022 edition of the World Championships will take place in Oregon in August.

“It’s fantastic news that the BBC will deliver these world-class athletics events, free to air to UK audiences,” said Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport.

“With so much UK talent emerging and athletes winning medals on the world and Olympics stage, the next few years are set to be an incredibly exciting time for the sport.”

BBC will also continue to broadcast the Diamond League series of meets for the next five years.

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