Canada gets a double dose of major masters action starting soon — hosting the 2020 WMA world outdoor meet in Toronto and the 2021 world indoor meet in Edmonton, Alberta. It’ll be only the second indoor worlds in North America since Kamloops in 2010. See meet site here.
Edmonton was chosen at Saturday’s General Assembly in Malaga. I was busy covering some guy named Obama and overlooked the news. Also revealed: 2022 outdoor worlds will be in Gothenburg, Sweden — site of the second world WAVA meet in 1977. (Since Toronto was the first worlds in 1975, the pattern would suggest that 2024 worlds will go to Hanover, Germany, site of 1979 worlds.)
The losing candidates for 2022 were Tampere, Finland, and L’Aquila, Italy. I’m not sure who the other 2021 indoor bidders were. Or if any rivals showed up.
The 300-ring circus that is Malaga has seen some astonishing records and close finishes, especially in the 800s. I hope to highlight some later. But the M40 Gibraltar 800 guy didn’t make the finals, so his protest moment is over.
And WR notices are showing up in the running results, thank goodness. The WMA site is trying to keep up.
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Yay! Edmonton is driving distance from Portland.
Scratch that last comment. It’s 16 hours and not a fan of winter driving.
It’s in April…..SPRING 🙂
Presume will be a better programme than Torun. 400, 800, 1500 day after each other unacceptable. I realise that it is all over in a week but it doesn’t take much effort to provide a better programme. Would like to contact Edmonton organisers but can’t an email address.
Like with US nationals, LOC for WMA Championships has nothing at all to do with the competition schedule. That’s entirely in the hands of the WMA Competition Committee, headed by Brian Keaveney of Canada.
Re Ian’s question: The LOC Chair is James Rosnau at 780-405-2549 or