— Published 19 November 2021

World Athletics wants more of everything

The 53rd World Athletics Congress opened with the eternal Russian question on Wednesday 17 November and closed the next day with a more universal second day. The delegates, meeting in virtual mode, approved the strategic plan for the period 2022-2030 without a murmur. Its message is clear, as it is based on a fourfold objective: “More participation, more people, more fans and more partners”. The global plan for 2022-2030 was prepared after the largest consultation ever launched by World Athletics, in which more than 85% of the 214 member federations completed a detailed questionnaire on the state of athletics in their country and their priorities for its development. In parallel, the “Global Conversation” campaign gathered the opinions and recommendations of 25,000 people in 178 countries. World Athletics’ strategy to grow the plus over the next eight years will include an ambitious youth athletics development programme, Kids’ Athletics, to be rolled out worldwide in the coming months. On its second day, Thursday 18 November, the World Athletics Congress also heard the conclusions of the first report of the Human Rights Working Group. It identifies six recommendations that the body has committed to follow to ensure that human rights are protected and respected in its sport.