Tokyo plans to bid on the right to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, and the inspection team chairman from World Athletics, Antti Pihlakoski, appeared at a media conference on Wednesday. The team is visiting Tokyo’s $1.4 billion government-built National Stadium, which was built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The Games took place in 2021, delayed one year due to the pandemic. The stadium would be the primary venue for the championships.
In July 2022, the Eugene World Athletics Championships are taking place. Next year, the 2023 championships are scheduled to happen in Budapest, Hungary. Ordinarily, the meet is scheduled every two years, however, Eugene was delayed due to the Tokyo Olympic Games delay.
Pihlakoski praised Tokyo — currently the frontrunner to host.
President of World Athletics, Sebastian Coe, last year stated that he wanted Tokyo to host the World Athletics Championships.
Like London and Beijing, Tokyo hosting the championships would be viewed as a legacy event after the Olympic Games.
London held the 2012 Olympic Games and 2017 World Athletics Championships. Beijing held the 2008 Games and went on to host the 2015 meet.
The decision by the World Athletics Council is expected in July.
Eugene, Oregon is hosting the 2022 championships, which was also postponed from 2021 after the Budapest 2023 World championships.
Morocco and South Africa were to also bid however, have both backed out.