January 07, 2016

MONACO (AP) Italy has been chosen to host the world race walking team championships while Poland has been awarded the world under-20 championships after Russia was stripped of both events which will be held this year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations announced Thursday that Rome will host the team walking event in May after beating off competition from Mexico, Ukraine and Ecuador. Bydgoszcz in Poland was the only bidder for the under-20 event which takes place in July.

The reallocation of the two competitions follows the suspension of Russia in November for widespread doping.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe did not participate in the decision to name the host cities and will not do so in future.

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