EUGENE, Ore. — Opening ceremonies of the IAAF World Junior Championships kicked off Tuesday.
The meet is the premiere track and field event for junior athletes around the world.
Track and field fans are pumped up for this international competition, it’s not just fans in Eugene who come to support but people as far as South Carolina and Wisconsin are in Eugene and also those who are coming from overseas.
This six-day event draws the best track and field athletes under 20 from around the globe.
A total of 177 national federations, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, will compete.
More than 1,700 athletes, under the age of 20 will compete.
“We train hard and work every day so, this is the time and the moment that we’ve been working for, so I guess we will stay focused,” said Saqukine Cameron, Jamaica athlete.
The event is a chance to watch the future stars of the sport, many of whom could compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.