The 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships is expected to have some interesting battles and the IAAF websites will bring live and extensive coverage from the meeting in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday.
The IAAF will be offering live radio coverage and live blog updates from the championships, in addition to providing live results, during and after the races.
Over 400 athletes from 40 countries have gathered in the Polish city to do battle and IAAF President Lamine Diack is delighted with the turn out for this year’s historic event.
“This is the 40th edition of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the oldest completion in the IAAF World Athletics Series,” Diack said.
“ It was first held under the IAAF banner in 1973 and then there were 21 countries and 287 athletes. Forty years later 44 countries have sent teams, comprising of 443 runners.
“This championship is also historic as it is the first in a two-yearly cycle. I am highly confident that it will be a well organised championship as Poland and, in particular, Bydgoszcz, has a lot of experience.”
He added: “This year, Bydgoszcz is the host for the first event in the 2013 World Athletics Series which will climax with the IAAF World Championships in Moscow this summer between 10-18 August.
“This presents athletics with a great opportunity to develop the sport in a fast-growing economic region; and with the World Youth Championships being held this year across the border in the Ukraine city of Donetsk from 10-14 July, for the first time ever, Eastern Europe monopolises all the World Athletics Series events.”