Vesic writes to Coe, giving $2 million guarantee: Belgrade ready for World Athletics Championships
The deputy mayor wrote to the president of the IAAF regarding the organization of the 2022 world championship
Belgrade Deputy Mayor Goran Vesic said on Tuesday that the City of Belgrade has given full support to the organization of the 2022 Athletics World Indoor Championships, for which the Serbian Athletics Federation has submitted its candidature.
Vesic sent a letter to Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), stating that the City supports and guarantees the organization of such a competition in Belgrade and agrees with the date of the competition being from March 11 to March 13, 2022, Beoinfo reported.
"After successfully organizing the European Indoor Championships in March 2017, the next logical step in the development of athletics in Serbia is the organization of the World Championships. If the event is given to us, we are ready to support the organization within our competence and capabilities, as well as with a $2 million financial contribution toward the World Indoor Championships budget to be held in Belgrade at the Stark Arena. We inform the IAAF that the City of Belgrade has given its full support to the organization of this event," said Vesic.
The deputy mayor specified that the World Indoor Championships would be the largest athletics event ever held in our country. More than 200 countries are expected to participate with 1,000 athletes, 1,000 media representatives, and 50,000 spectators.