27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

IAAF inspection team wraps up its visit to Kazan

IAAF's first inspection visit in the build-up to the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships concluded today in Kazan. Its main goal was to inspect the Central Stadium, the host venue for the athletic competition. "The most important thing for us at this stage is to check everything about the sports venue, its equipment, its preparation and further Class One Certification as required by the level of the competition since the junior championships are a major event in the IAAF calendar of events. We've already conducted a preliminary analysis and we don't see any obstacles; we plan to make maximum use of the Universiade infrastructure," said Secretary General of the All-Russian Athletics Federation Mikhail Butov.

As we previously reported, the dates of the competition were determined at the IAAF Council this July - the IAAF World Junior Championships will be staged between July 19 and 24. This competition is held biennally since 1986. It is an international event for junior aged athletes (19 years old or younger). In 2014, the tournament took place in Eugene (USA). 

The competition programme comprises 44 medal events in such disciplines as track, field (jumping and throwing) and multi event. 2,000 athletes from 180-185 countries and up to 1,000 officials are expected to take part in the tournament. Around 290 judges and 1,000 volunteers will be recruited for the championships. The Central Stadium was selected as the competition venue. Training sessions will be held in the football and field athletics arena of the Central Stadium, Universiade Village stadium and throwing zone of the Olymp Stadium.

Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects