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Posted: April 8, 2013  

Athletics: 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics - Invitation to bid

Athletics Canada is pleased to announce that the domestic bid process is now open for the 2017 IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Youth Athletics Championships. The successful domestic bid candidate will advance to take part in the IAAF led international process.

The domestic selection process focuses on one primary objective; to select the best Canadian community to represent Athletics Canada on the international stage in order to win the right to host the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships.

  • Athletics Canada's deadline for receiving a Letter of Intent[1] is June 6, 2013.
  • Following the deadline for Letters of Intent[2], Athletics Canada will issue a media release listing interested bid communities. No later than June 13, 2013, Athletics Canada will provide all bid information including the Request for Proposal, Event Business Plan / Marketing plan and detailed budget information to all interested bid communities. The deadline to return completed bid documentation is October 9 2013;
  • Site visits to each bid community will be held before October 31, 2013 by representatives of Athletics Canada's bid evaluation committee. On November 12, 2013 Athletics Canada will make a public announcement identifying the short listed bid communities (up to 3) ;
  • Short listed communities are required to make a presentation to Athletics Canada's evaluation committee in early December 2013 in a location to be determined. Location and timing will be communicated as soon as it is available. Athletics Canada will officially announce the community which will represent Canada at the international bid stage before the close of the 2013 calendar year.

The IAAF will open the international process in early 2014 and is expected to select the host city for the 2017 World Youth Championships by the end of the same year (2014).

Bid communities must confirm by October 9, 2013 that they will have the following in place for the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships:

  • minimum population of 100,000
  • minimum 10,000 seat[3] stadium with class one IAAF Athletics Certificate: 8-lane 400m track with ability to stage all field events[4], including long throws, within lane 8;
  • Outdoor warm-up track[5] with separate long throw warm-up area within walking distance of the main stadium;
  • two 400m training tracks[6] and at least one separate long throws training area (one per event: javelin, discus, hammer) within 45 minutes of travel time to the team accommodations;
  • team accommodations of at least 2,000 beds, twin occupancy for 1,700 athletes/team officials and single occupancy for 300 team officials in a residence or hotel within 45 minutes of travel time from main stadium;
  • IAAF Family headquarter hotel, ideally 5 stars, of at least 120 rooms and at least 7 meeting rooms.
  • Athletics Canada Annual General Meeting hotel, 3-4 star hotel, for 30 single/twin rooms and 2 meeting rooms with one large enough to host up to 50 people;
  • Main Press accommodations, 4 stars, for 40 single/twin rooms;
  • Secondary Press accommodations, 2-3 stars, for 20 single/twin rooms;
  • Host Broadcaster accommodations, 3 stars, for 30 single/twin rooms;
  • Service provider accommodations, 3 stars, for 30 single/twin rooms;
  • Canadian Coaching seminar hotel, 3 stars, for 40 single/twin rooms and 1 meeting room large enough to host 60 people;
  • Competition officials' accommodations, 2-3 star hotel or residence with 65 twin rooms;
  • International airport within a 2 hour bus ride to team accommodations.

Under no circumstances should bid communities communicate directly with Sport Canada or the IAAF.

Any questions must be sent by email to Mathieu Gentès, Answers will immediately be forwarded to the potential bid communities and a compilation of all questions/answers will be provided to all bid communities once letters of intent have been received. Letters of intent[7] must also be addressed to Mathieu Gentès by email.

For more information please see event fact sheet or contact Mathieu Gentès at

[1] Letter can originate from a municipality, tourism office, sport commission, development agency, convention bureau, provincial athletics branch or club registered with a branch.
[2] Letter of Intent must include the following statement in order to be accepted: "The [organization name], acting on behalf of the potential bid community, understands and agrees that confidential information is defined as any document identified or marked "confidential" by Athletics Canada thus requiring secure storage and limited reproduction and distribution. As a potential bid community we adhere to only utilize information from Athletics Canada's bid package to prepare our own domestic bid for the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships, we will not transmit Athletics Canada bid package information to parties not directly involved in production of our bid".
[3] Seat configuration must be along the main straight, along the back straight and at least one of the two curves. Seats must have riser.
[4] Only horizontal jumps can be located outside lane 8 (between the track and seating area).
[5] Ideally an 8-lane outdoor 400m warm up track but can be shorter if two other 400m training tracks are available (e.g. for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton the IAAF requested one 400m training track and one 400m warm up track with a separate long throws area as land around the stadium was not available for a full 400m warm-up track. The IAAF agreed to modify their requirement and accepted warm-up track facilities consisting of a 130m 8-lane outdoor main straight with one curve (4-lanes), next to an existing 166m indoor track. The warm up facilities were in addition to 2 training tracks).
[6] The warm-up track can count towards this requirement.
[7] It is the responsibility of each bid candidate to ensure they have received a confirmation email from Athletics Canada confirming receipt of Letter of Intent before deadline of June 6.

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