Fair play on the podium at IAAF World Junior Championships in Tampere

The World U20 Championships in Athletics will participate in the international challenge campaign for fair sports. The championships hosted by Tampere from 10 to 15 July is the world’s most international sports event of the year. The event will host athletes from over 170 countries.

The IAAF World Junior Championships opening ceremony features the Golden Baton that promotes the message of clean and fair sports. Twenty-eight international sports events organized in Finland have taken part in the challenge.

The Goalball European Championships challenged the Junior Championships as goalballer Susanna Halme passed on the Golden Baton to decathlete Juuso Toivonen.

“We had a great Goalball Championships in Pajulahti. The atmosphere was amazing. We are bringing the message of fair play and clean sports to you here in Tampere. Keep your spirits high and aim for great performances,” said goalballer Susanna Halme.

“Thank you for the message of the Golden Baton. It’s great to pass on the message of fair play. We promise to compete fairly and cleanly. We, the athletes, also invite the spectators to encourage us in the spirit of fair play,” says decathlete Juuso Toivonen.

The Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS) has an information stand for athletes together with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Integrity Unit. The stand provides information about clean sports and athletes can sign a statement of support for fair play. In a darts competition, the most skilled players can win a dartboard. FINCIS also encourages athletes to promote fair play in social media.

FINCIS has an information stand also for the public in the Expo Area during the evening competitions. Fun competitions and information about fair play are in store. You can also get a flag tattoo of your favourite country at the information stand.

Around 1,700 athletes will participate in Tampere World Junior Championships. The level of results is expected to be very high in the light of the summer’s statistics.


For more information, please contact:
Susanna Sokka
FINCIS – Information Manager
tel. +358 40 740 7477