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World Athletics U20 Championships

Youthful exuberance defines the U20 event. It provides the first platform for athletes to compete on a global stage for a major international title and gives the world a chance to see future stars emerge. Held over six days, it’s fun, vibrant and fresh as these athletes, often representing their countries for the first time, compete across 28 track and field disciplines. The U20 provides a brilliant platform for cross-cultural exchanges and experiences involving teenagers from diverse backgrounds through a series of youth programmes associated with the event.

Previous edition: Nairobi, KEN, 2021

Next editions: Cali, COL 1-6 August 2022 and Lima, PER 20-25 August 2024


Bid process stage

Official launch & Bid Guide shared

Pre-qualification deadline
& verification

Completed bid
application deadline

Council selection
& announcement

2026 World Athletics
U20 Championships

April 2022

1 September 2022

1 December 2022

March 2023


You can download the event Bid Guide and Pre-Qualification Form from the 'Bidding' section here.