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HISTORY OF THE WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
   The World Indoor Championships had a brief precedent in 1985 when the World indoor Games took place in Paris, barely two years after the inaugural World outdoor championships held in Helsinki 1983. Until then, the European Championships served as the main reference point at the indoor season. They first were celebrated in 1966 under the name of "European Indoor Games" to receive the current status of "European Indoor Championships" in 1970.


   The World Indoor Games was a successful dress-rehearsal with the attendance of over 300 athletes representing nearly 70 nations. Only two years later, the IAAF gave the event the current status of World Indoor Championships whose first edition was held in the North American city of Indianapolis. From then on, the event has been staged every two years although it was decided to celebrate the Championships on even years to not coincide with the World Outdoor Championships.


   ALL EDITIONS (Click on the city to see more information)

DATE VENUE EDITION Instalation Countries Athletes
18/19-01-1985 Paris (FRA) JM Palais Omnisports Paris-Bercy 69 319
06/08-03-1987 Indianapolis (USA) 1st Hoosier Dome 84 402
03/05-03-1989 Budapest (HUN) 2nd Budapest Sportcsárnok 61 378
08/10-03-1991 Sevilla (ESP) 3rd Palacio de los Deportes 82 531
12/14-03-1993 Toronto (CAN) 4th The SkyDome 93 537
10/12-03-1995 Barcelona (ESP) 5th Palau Sant Jordi 130 602
07/09-03-1997 Paris (FRA) 6th Palais Omnisports Bercy 118 712
05/07-03-1999 Maebashi (JPN) 7th Green Dome 115 487
09/11-03-2001 Lisboa (POR) 8th Atlantic Pavillion 136 510
14/16-03-2003 Birmingham (GBR) 9th National Indoor Arena 132 589
05/07-02-2004 Budapest (HUN) 10th Budapest Sportarena 139 677
10/12-03-2006 Moscow (RUS) 11th Olimpiysky Sport Palace 129 562
IAAF World Indoor records
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World records set in WIC
Athletes with most appearances
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