|Welcome from the President
Welcome to the Official web site of the 7th IAAF/Coca-Cola
World Junior Championships.
Since the IAAF introduced
the World Junior Championships in 1986, this event has become the showcase of aspiring
young champions from around the world. Many of the stars of today won their first laurels
in the IAAF World Junior Championships and we can look forward to seeing these senior
champions of tomorrow in action at the end of July beside the stunning backdrop of the Lac
What could be more refreshing after the frenzy of the
football World Cup, than the magnificent spectacle of these young athletes from all around
the world competing in the peaceful setting of Annecy.
In the last edition of the IAAF World Junior Championships,
which took place in Sydney in 1996, we counted the participation of 1080 athletes from 143
countries: as I write these few words, the preliminary entries exceed 1600 athletes from
no fewer than 161 Member Federations. I feel sure that the 7th IAAF/Coca-Cola World Junior
Championships will be one of the best ever in the history of this competition.
This web site will be expanded in the lead up to the
competition and, as usual, will provide the fullest coverage live from Annecy during the
Championships. Enjoy it with us then.