What are the World Athletics Championships?

World Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of track and field and contains 214 member federations (i.e. competing teams). World Athletics’ premier event is the World Athletics Championships, which takes place once every two years. The term ’athletics’ outside the U.S. means ’track and field.’ 


Due to COVID-19, World Athletics postponed the Championships from August 2021 to July 2022. The World Athletics Championships Oregon22 event will take place in Eugene, Oregon, at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field July 15-24, 2022. It will be the first time in history that the Championships will take place on U.S. soil. ‘WCH Oregon22’ is the official acronym for this event.


The event will be hosted in partnership with USA Track & Field (USATF), the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running, and race walking in the United States. 


This will be the third track and field championship event to be held in Oregon in the span of seven years. The IAAF World Junior Championships made its U.S. debut in TrackTown USA in the summer of 2014 and the IAAF World Indoor Championships was hosted in Portland in March of 2016.

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1. What are the World Athletics Championships?
2. When and where is the event?
3. How do I buy tickets to WCH Oregon22?
4. Who is organizing this event?
5. How many people will be involved in the WCH Oregon22 event?
6. What is the anticipated economic impact of this event and other large track and field meets?
7. Will athletes from Russia and Belarus be able to participate in WCH Oregon22?
8. How can I volunteer for the event?
9. How can I stay updated on WCH Oregon22?
10. How can I stay updated on what’s happening in Eugene during WCH Oregon22?
11. What is the City of Eugene’s role in this event?
12. What is the Eugene Riverfront Festival?
13. How do I rent my house (or part of it) during WCH Oregon22?
14. How can my business get involved in WCH Oregon22 or be prepared for the event?
15. How can youth get involved?
16. How will people get around during this big event?
17. Where will visitors and athletes stay during the event?
18. What is the 2,021 for 2021 tree planting?
19. What is the 20x21 Mural Project?
20. What is the City’s role in planning a sustainable event?
21. How do I learn more about Hayward Field at University of Oregon?