Beijing to host 2027 World Athletics Championships

This will be the second time that the Chinese capital will be hosting the competition since 2015

World Athletics has announced that the 2027 hosts of the World Athletics Championships are Beijing, China. This comes following the 234th World Athletics Council Meeting, held in Glasgow ahead of the World Athletics Indoor Championships, which are set to take place from 1–3 March, 2024.

This will be the second time that the Chinese capital will be hosting the prestigious event, with the last time being 12 years ago in 2015.

Speaking on the decision, World Athletics President Sebastian 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).” He concluded.

Wang Nan, a World Athletics Council Member and Vice President of the Chinese Athletics Association (CAA), also spoke following the announcement, saying, “Thank you to World Athletics for the recognition and trust in China and Beijing. The CAA will work together with the Beijing organising committee to make every effort to prepare for the championships, ensure that the championships will be held to the highest quality standard, and strive to present a wonderful World Athletics Championships to make more contributions to the development of athletics across the world.”

The announcement of Beijing as the host for the 2027 World Athletics Championships follows closely on the heels of China’s upcoming hosting of the 2025 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing.

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