BBC secures IAAF World Championship rights for 2021 and 2023

07 Oct 2019

By: Sport Industry Group

The BBC has secured the media rights to the 2021 and 2023 IAAF World Athletics Championships.

The broadcaster has committed to covering the IAAF’s flagship event when it heads to Eugene, Oregon in the USA in 2021, and to Budapest in 2023, ensuring it will remain on free-to-air TV in the UK.

The news follows on from the corporation’s coverage of the Doha event, where IAAF President Sebastian Coe was critical of BBC presenter Gabby Logan, whom he accused of highlighting poor crowds in the Khalifa International Stadium during the opening days of the event. 

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, said: “After the medal-winning performances from Dina Asher-Smith, Katrina Johnson-Thompson and our relay teams, this is fantastic news for the BBC that we can continue to broadcast world-class athletics free-to-air and provide audiences across the country with the best coverage of our British athletes and world superstars.”

The BBC will also stream live coverage of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge on its digital channels, when Eliud Kipchoge attempts to break the two-hour barrier and set the fastest marathon time in history in Vienna. 

With event organisers keen to ensure optimal conditions, they have confirmed that the event will take place between 12th and 14th October, with an exact date confirmed three days before the record attempt. The exact time will also be confirmed a day before the event.