The Japanese Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF) has reportedly made a bid to host the 2025 World Athletics Championships.
Tokyo is one of the candidates to host the World Athletics Championships, according to Japan’s Kyodo News news agency. They plan to take it up after a successful Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.
Last year, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe told the JAAF that it would like Tokyo to host the World Cup in four years’ time. He hinted that the city will hold international competitions in the future.
“I have seen a stadium that will be a suitable venue for a future World Championships in Athletics. It is our ambition, with the support of the municipalities and the local federations, to return to this great city as soon as possible,” he said last October, according to the report Insidethegames.biz.
World Athletics is expected to select a candidate in March 2022.
It was previously expected that the National Stadium in Tokyo would become a football venue. However, it is now likely that it will remain a multi-sport facility.
The last time the World Athletics Championships were held in Japan was in 2007 in Osaka. Tokyo hosted the World Cup in 1991.
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The 2023 edition of the World Athletics Championships will be hosted by Budapest. Kenya, Morocco and South Africa had in the past expressed interest in hosting the 2025 World Athletics Championships. But these reports predate the COVID-19 pandemic.
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During the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, the National Stadium hosted athletic sessions as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.