Rome (Italy) and Bydgoszcz (Poland) have been selected to host the 2016 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Series events that were stripped from Russia. 

Rome will stage the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships after beating off competition from Guayaquil (Ecuador), Kiev (Ukraine) and Monterrey and Bydgoszcz will host the IAAF World U20 Championships.

 A total of 19 Council members took part in the two votes.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe, for the sake of neutrality as the head of the Council, did not participate and will also not vote in any future host city decisions.

Sebastian Coe commented: “Many congratulations to Rome and Bydgoszcz. The speed in which you assembled detailed applications and at such short notice has been inspiring. Your bids were impressive and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of the world’s best race walkers and under-20 aged athletes in your cities. I gratefully acknowledge the interest shown by all the member federations who took part in this process. Thank you on behalf of the athletes for helping us to ensure that these competitions will take place.” your social media marketing partner