World Athletics has announced at its annual congress in Tokyo that Oman is the new host of the 2022 World Race Walking Team Championships.
The event will take place from March 1 to March 6, 2022 at Oman Convention &Exhibition Centre (OCEC) and will be organised in partnership between Oman Sail, the Oman Athletics Association and OCEC.
The event will be held in Oman for the first time in the Middle East and is expected to attract 1700 athletes.
The bid for the event came as an initiative by Oman Sail based on its expertise in hosting international events with world-class standards as well as its network with international federations of various sporting disciplines.
Muscat will provide a spectacular backdrop to the event, offering world-class accommodation and hospitality for athletes and race officials while also lending a rugged and rich cultural experience to the championships. Racing will centre around the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre in the heart of Muscat.
This will be the first time the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships has been held in the Middle East and the first time outside of China that an Asian nation has hosted the event. The championships were originally due to be held in Minsk, Belarus, but the ongoing travel restrictions caused by Covid-19 forced the event to be rescheduled. Oman now has the opportunity to make history and usher in a new era for athletics in the Sultanate.