Glasgow is set to host the World Athletics Indoor Championships in March 2024, and preparations for the event are in full swing. This premier championship event takes place every two years and will see more than 700 competitors from over 130 countries showcase their talents in an intimate arena.
The Emirates Arena, which successfully hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019, will once again play host to the world’s best athletes.
This championship holds added significance as it falls within the qualification period for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with athletes honing their preparations for this important year ahead. Up to 5000 passionate fans can be accommodated in the arena for each of the six sessions, and ticket preregistration is now open online to enable athletics supporters to book their seats for this must-see event next year.
Announced as the championship ambassador, Eilidh Doyle, a former GB & NI team captain, and one of Scotland’s most successful track and field athletes, competed in both the 400m hurdles and 400m. She also featured as a regular member of the GB & NI 4x400m relay team, amassing an overall tally of 17 major international podium places.
She memorably won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and won numerous World and European indoor medals, including silver at the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow.
Doyle said, “I am thrilled to be announced as ambassador for the championships, it is a real honour. I am excited that, as well as promoting the event, I will be contributing to the event steering group, ensuring that the operational plans put in place meet the needs of the athletes, creating the right environment to enable them to compete at their very best.”
The event’s new brand mark was also unveiled by Scottish design agency Brand Oath. Sitting within the World Athletics brand outline, it brings a Scottish flavour to the event with a contemporary twist to the nation’s iconic emblem, the thistle.
The World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 2024 will be delivered by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council, through a partnership with the Scottish Government, Event Scotland, UK Sport, and UK Athletics.
The event reaffirms Scotland’s and Glasgow’s position as a world-leading event destination. Glasgow has a proven track record of hosting world-class events, and the city has ambitious plans for the future, harnessing the power of sport and physical activity to change lives for the better. The championship is set to reinforce Scotland’s reputation as a world-leading destination and the perfect stage for events.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “What makes the World Athletics Indoor Championships unique is the intimacy of the competition. The fans really get up close to the world’s best athletes and can appreciate just how amazing their performances are. That creates an incredibly exciting atmosphere for athletes and fans alike.”
Esther Britten, Head of Events at UK Sport, expressed gratitude to The National Lottery, which enables the delivery of showpiece events like WAIC24 to communities across the UK.
She added that the championships were an incredible opportunity for Glasgow to showcase itself on the world stage and to build on the sporting, economic, and social legacy of the past decade.
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