Europe destined to host 2022 WMA world outdoor championships?

Italy bid has a logo. (That’s the best you can do?)

An Italian Facebook page suggests that three cities are bidding to host the 2022 World Master Athletics Championships — aka outdoor worlds. The cities mentioned are Tampere (Finland), Gothenburg (Sweden) and L’Aquila (Italy). Of course, Toronto will host 2020 worlds, so forget about North America getting the meet two years later. I wrote to WMA President Stan Perkins and new WMA Secretary María Alfaro of Mexico, but haven’t heard back. (It’s possible the Italian report — by M60 sprinter and shot-putter Gianni Lolli — is wrong or leaves out potential bidders.) In any case, the pick will come at 2018 Malaga worlds. If you had to choose from the three listed, what would it be?

Here’s a rough translation of the FB post:

L’Aquila’s application to host the XXIII world championships in athletics in 2022 was confirmed by the Federation Federation / IAAF Federation. L’Aquila will see it with Tampere (Finland) and Gothenburg (Sweden) today a great step forward and win by the President-in-office of the Promoter (Loc) Gianni Lolli who ensures that L’Aquila is part of the pole position for the final allocation and is certainly the commitment of the municipal junta and the regional junta which strongly support the cadidatura. Counting all over town to support her.

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October 26, 2017

10 Responses

  1. ventsi - October 27, 2017

    I would vote for Gothenburg. More fair.
    Italy will organize two major masters competitions in 2019 – EMG and EMACS (it also organized EMACI 2016). Finland organized WMACS 2009 and WMACI 2012.
    Sweden (Gothenburg) hosted WMACS 1977. Toronto hosted WMACS 1975. So, the sequence can be the same – 45 years later.
    Of course, voting in Malaga will be based on many other factors (including political ones). And, without official information, nobody can be sure that the a/m cities are the (only) candidates.

  2. Weia Reinboud - October 27, 2017

    I vote for l’Aquila, but only because I would not attend the other two 😉

  3. Tom Phillips - October 27, 2017

    This is an extremely brave move on the part of L’Acquila, given that it’s at the heart of an area that has been devastated by two major earhquakes since 2009.

  4. Tardi - October 27, 2017

    i raced 3 times in Finland . It was always perfect . i prefer Tampere .

  5. Tommy Aunan - October 27, 2017

    I prefer Italy and Finland, been 3x to Italy and 4x to Finland, love both places

  6. Mary Harada - October 27, 2017

    Finland, Sweden, Italy – in that order or any order – all great places to visit. I have not been to a WMA meet in Sweden – so maybe I should say Sweden as my first choice – but the real issue is the condition of the stadiums, the distance between them, and all the rest of the issues that need to be addressed for a successful WMA outdoor meet. My preference does not matter as I do not have a vote.

  7. Ken Stone - October 27, 2017

    Mary, you have a vote via your voice.

  8. Herb Stein - November 5, 2017


  9. Stephen Gould - November 17, 2017

    Italy. Food. ‘Nuff said.

  10. Trevor Downward - September 7, 2018

    Proper and accessible warm up facilities are essential!

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