Peru Withdraws as Host of the Under-20 World Championships

By: Gyang Dakwo

Peru has pulled out of hosting next year’s under-20 athletics World Championships after political instability and social unrest, as well as natural disasters left the country unable to stage the event, World Athletics said on Wednesday.

Peru’s northern region was hit by torrential rains last month during Cyclone Yaku, which buried houses and cars in mud and killed at least six people.

The championships were due to be held in Lima from Aug. 26-31, 2024.

“We would like to thank the Peruvian Federation and the Local Organising Committee for the time and effort they have already put into this event. World Athletics is in discussion with a replacement host for next year’s event and will provide more information in due course,” a statement from the world governing body read.

Earlier this week Soccer’s global governing body FIFA also announced that it was stripping the South American country of hosting rights for failing to meet infrastructure commitments ahead of the U-17 World Cup.