Beijing To Host 2027 World Athletics Championships

By Chris Chavez

February 28, 2024

World Athletics has announced Beijing has been chosen to host the 2027 World Athletics Championships, the global governing body announced on Wednesday.

Here’s what you need to know:

– Beijing previously hosted the 2015 World Championships in the Bird’s Nest national stadium, which saw Usain Bolt sweep the gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay and Kenya topped the medal table with 16 total medals. It was the same home of track and field at the 2008 Olympics.

– The 2027 decision was announced at the World Athletics Council Meeting in Glasgow ahead of the start of the World Indoor Championships.

– China will also host the 2025 World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, which was slated to host in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the event from being held in the country.

– The press release did not note whether any other cities were bidding for 2027. Beijing won the bidding in 2015 after London dropped out due to uncertainty about its funding.

Here’s what World Athletics President Seb Coe said:

“Congratulations to Beijing on their successful bid to host the World Athletics Championships in 2027, 12 years after our athletes lit up the National Stadium for the 15th edition of our global showpiece. With a population of more than 1.4 billion, China is one of the biggest sports markets in the world. It was the top performer for Wanda Diamond League broadcast consumption in 2023 with a cumulative audience of 368.9 million. This poses a massive opportunity to grow our sport and fan base in one of the biggest commercial markets in the world. With the announcement of China as our next host, our last four World Athletics Championships have now been awarded to the world’s four largest economies; the USA (Oregon), the EU (Budapest), Japan (Tokyo) and China (Beijing).

What major outdoor events will be held between then?

The 2024 Olympics will serve as this year’s global championship. We will have a world championships in 2025 in Tokyo and 2027 in Beijing. 2026 is the first “off-year” on the calendar since the COVID-19 pandemic but Coe has been teasing a “Best of The Best” event. The 2028 Olympics will be held in Los Angeles.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.