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London WC 2017 - How Much This Time?[edit]

As it is Armistice Day (11/11/2011), and UK Taxpayers learned earlier that they have 'won' the the burden of paying for the 2017 World Championships, are there any links to the cost estimates made BEFORE the bid was forwarded? There is criticism that this was this just a 'legacy' bid to save Sebastian Coe's face, as he was responsible for the massive overspend on the 2012 Olympics - do the figures back this up, given the prevailing long term economic climate. It appears to many , particularly on Armistice Day, that taxpayer's money could be better spent assisting those who have actually served this country in a uniform (unlike Coe and Boris Johnson) - particularly people like former soldier Mark Mullins and his disabled wife, who the Daily Mail reported commited suicide today [<>] after 18 months of struggling to survive on the £57.50 Jobseeker's Allowance payments. Mr Mullins, a 48-year-old former Army physical training instructor, was unable to cope on this paltry sum, had not served sufficient length of time to claim his pension, and was forced to walk 12 miles each day to eat free soup at a Salvation Army soup kitchen. How many ex-forces personnel could the cost of the 2017 Championships keep from this level of destitution? (talk) 17:49, 11 November 2011 (UTC)twl 11/11/2011 We Shall Remember Them (talk) 17:49, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Do you think it would be possible to include more history on this page? Comapred to the general page for the the Indoor World Championship there is very little here. The sorts of things I mean are like who decided to set the competition up, the presnet list of events and any changed to the events (if any have been dropped and when new ones added, like I think this year womens steeplechase is added for the first time). I'd try to do this myslef, but I don't know enough for a starting point and sadly don't have enough time to start researching the topics from scratch. Evil Eye 22:34, 30 July 2005 (UTC)

I came across this link when I was looking for something else. I agree there seems to be a lot of interesting history short history of world championships. David D. 18:56, 1 August 2005 (UTC)

Requested move 22 August 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: No consensus. I think some good arguments were made on both sides, and this probably boils down to a battle between WP:CONCISE/WP:CONSISTENT (the short IAAF World Championships version, which also matches FIFA World Cup), and WP:COMMONNAME, which may be "World Championships in Athletics". The Ghit results show a slight leaning towards the "World Championships in Athletics", in common usage, so it's a valid reason to keep the status quo, but the supporters make some good arguments too.

Given that it's no consensus, this means the pages should retain their longstanding stable titles. This includes this page, which was moved from IAAF World Championships in Athletics to World Championships in Athletics while the request was still ongoing. I am therefore reverting that back to IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which I think is fair since (a) the move was out of process while this request was going on, and (b) all the opposition !votes came in before the move was made, so nobody was under the illusion that the current title was the stable one, and actually nobody presented "World Championships in Athletics" as an alternative option during the discussion at all. Since this is a no consensus close, there is no prejudice against a follow up RM, should someonbody wish to make the csae for moving IAAF World Championships in Athletics[// World Championships in Athletics. Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 09:01, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

– Looking at how the IAAF branded the last several editions, it seems that the exact name for the event that they use is IAAF World Championships (it doesn't mention athletics in its title, and even if it did it probably wouldn't use the somewhat clumsy "championship in athletics" vs "athletics championship"). But since this event is akin to some other large sports events like the FIFA World Cup, the sport does not need to be added to the title (much like the IAAF Continental Cup). And since all editions since 1983 have been organized by the IAAF, why not just simplify the naming scheme and rename all events in the category in the form "XXXX IAAF World Championships"? InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 13:54, 22 August 2016 (UTC) --The Athletics WikiProject was apparently notified only yesterday. Give more time — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 17:54, 29 August 2016 (UTC)--Relisting. Regards, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk • mail) 06:49, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Oppose as nominated. The policy of en.wp is that articles are titled according to their WP:COMMONNAME, but the nominator offers no evidence that the proposed titles are the common names.
    The evidence offered is of official usage, but per the essay WP:OFFICIAL, that is not of itself the basis for naming an article. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 15:22, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
It's a generic name to begin with ("World Championships") so I don't know how to find evidence for it. Where would one find evidence that say "World Cup in Football" is less common than "FIFA World Cup", the title Wikipedia uses? Likewise, there is no evidence that ""World Championship in Athletics" is the most common form either (if anything, "World Athletics Championship" would be closer in line with existing sports articles already on Wikipedia, per consistency requirement at WP:COMMONNAME). In fact we already have both patterns in use - the least used pattern across Wikipedia is the one with "–in sports" phrase affixed. See European Athletics Championships and Asian Athletics Championships. InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 18:44, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment I did some Google searches for the 2015 Championships in Beijing. I searched specifically for 2015 "iaaf world championships" and 2015 "world championships in athletics", both times excluding Wikipedia and the IAAF official website to try to isolate third-party use as much as possible. It appears that the proposed title is much more common than the current title (463k vs. 186k). Using the News search, the margin is even greater, 19,800 vs. 2,490. -happy5214 19:33, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Evidence of usage. Following my reply to Happy5214, I did a little more searching, and here is a consolidated table of search results, without a year qualifier:
Search type "iaaf world championships" "world championships in athletics"
Google News 798 hits 401 hits
Google Books 72 hits 71 hits
Google Scholar 731 hits 779 hits
JSTOR 4 hits 4 hits
That shows the two terms level-pegging in Gbooks and Gscholar searches, but "iaaf world championships" leading by about 2:1 in Gnews. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 21:01, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
@BrownHairedGirl: Does that mean that the evidence shows that "IAAF World Championships" is the common name based on the Google News hit count, or that there is really no significant difference in usage between the two terms? We have to consider which of those sources we would consider "reliable" as well. -happy5214 22:44, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Note It appears that the IAAF branding changed starting with the 2011 edition, based on the logos on their articles. -happy5214 22:44, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
@Happy5214: Per WP:AT, we attach most weight to the most reliable sources, and WP:RS says "when available, academic and peer-reviewed publications, scholarly monographs, and textbooks are usually the most reliable sources". So that says means we should attach most weight to Gscholar and JSTOR, where the two terms are roughly equally used.
Given that the similarity in usage, I suggest considering another WP:AT principle, that of recognizability. It seems to me that for the general, non-specialist reader for whom en.wp is written, "World Championships in Athletics" is much more recognizable and self-explanatory than "IAAF World Championships". Unless the reader is already very familiar with the administration of the sport, the initialism IAAF will be uninformative. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 23:13, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Makes sense. I also feel that "IAAF World Championships" by itself could be ambiguous, given that the IAAF holds several World Championships in different disciplines. That's the reason the target page title currently acts as a disambiguation page. For those reasons and the issue that there seems to be no obvious common name in reliable sources, I oppose the proposed moves. -happy5214 23:29, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
FWIW, I think I'm responsible for starting this move proposal. Yesterday, I reverted two page moves similar to the ones proposed here. -happy5214 23:29, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
FWIW I haven't noticed your reverts so no, this proposal is unrelated. InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 00:15, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose and procedural note. You are perhaps also proposing moves for pages such as 2007 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 100 metres, etc. I estimate there to be several hundred pages if not four-digits. Also note that there are templates and categories with the naming scheme "World Championships in Athletics". Does WikiProject Sports know about this change? Does WikiProject Athletics know about this change?? — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 23:27, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I don't know if they know, perhaps you could notify them if they don't. I could have been bold and moved these articles myself but I thought starting a discussion here at the main article would be a better route. The number of sub-articles requiring move is irrelevant. In any case, the consensus seems to be building against the move proposal, even though the current format is against consistency with other similarly themed articles - we have IAAF Continental Cup which used to be called IAAF World Cup (doesn't mention sport in title), and we have IAAF World U20 Championships and IAAF World U18 Championships (likewise). On the other hand, we also have IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics (a Wikipedia invention), but every single related article in its category and 19 sub-categories doesn't have "athletics" in its title. I understand the need to make titles as concise and precise as possible for readers and that perhaps many people don't know what IAAF stands for - but then we've got FIFA World Cup, FIFA Club World Cup etc. If we really need to modify the title then the format European Athletics Championships or Asian Athletics Championships is much more common and logical (see FINA World Aquatics Championships which are also officially called just FINA World Championships). Looking for answers by comparing Google results is irrelevant here, as sample sizes are just too small and news articles will always take the descriptive route while scholarly journals will go with whatever is the official name. Therefore we have to go with consistency across our own articles, which in my view trumps analyzing double-digit Google Books hits vs single-digit JSTOR results. This isn't paleontology we are talking about. InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 00:15, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment on ambiguity. Thanks to @Happy5214: for pointing out above that IAAF World Championships is a disambiguation page. I hadn't spotted that, but since the IAAF organises six separate sets of world championships (in difft branches of sport), the proposed renamings would create massive ambiguity. I presume that the nominator @InflatableSupertrooper was unaware of this ... but now that it is pointed out, would they consider withdrawing this proposal? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 00:21, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Only one of these six is actually called IAAF World Championships. And what I hope to achieve is consistency across all IAAF articles, which is something we don't have at the moment. InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 00:26, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
@InflatableSupertrooper: I'll be blunt. That reply is plain daft, because IAAF World Championships is clearly ambiguous, which is why we have a disambiguation page of that name. What on earth is the point of creating avoidable ambiguity in all these article titles?
There might be some point in renaming these articles to 1983 IAAF World Championships in Athletics etc (per the head article IAAF World Championships in Athletics), if you feel that adding IAAF is helpful. But removing the word "athletics" creates avoidable ambiguity for no evident benefit. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 00:35, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Let me be blunter. IAAF World Championships is the only event which is actually called that way in the real world, precisely because it is the only one where no modifiers are necessary (it is not for juniors, it is not held indoors, it is not about cross-country racing, it is not a cup, there are no continents competing against each other, etc). All other events need to be descriptively described, but this one does not. That's the situation in the real world. Just like FIFA World Cup does not need to explain in title that it's about association football, featuring national teams (as opposed to clubs), who are all seniors (as opposed to juniors). As for Wikipedia, if one insists our readers are just too stupid to realise what IAAF stands for, then why do we have such a clumsy postmodifier ( Athletics) which barely any article outside athletics uses? Why can't it be called the same way FINA World Aquatics Championships are called? And if our readers are indeed that stupid, how come we have IAAF World Cup, IAAF World U18 Championships and dozens similarly titled articles? Then all those articles should get " Athletics" postmodifier. InflatableSupertrooper (talk) 00:47, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
InflatableSupertrooper, I urge to get a grip on yourself and on your manners, and to try to learn to distinguish between the concepts of a) stupidity, and b) lack of awareness of the meaning of a 4-letter initialism. If you really hold such deep contempt for non-specialists that you deride them as "stupid" because they don't know a particular piece of jargon, then I suggest that you look at the results of a Gbooks search for IAAF World Championships in Athletics. Presumably you will you now try to tell us that these books are written by or for stupid people, and similarly that the 36 scholarly papers which use the phrase "IAAF world championship in athletics" are written by or for stupid people. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 01:53, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
I agree that stupid was not an appropriate term to use in that case, but books and scholarly papers are not exempt from use of improper phrases, such as "FIFA Soccer World Cup". Infinite mission (talk) 03:40, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
The FIFA World Cup is a poor example IMHO. In the U.S. and Canada, at least, the "World Cup" is the FIFA World Cup. -happy5214 23:57, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
"World Championships in Athletics" redirects here. For other athletics championships sanctioned by the IAAF, see International Association of Athletics Federations § Competitions.
I am also in favor of moving the articles of the 2011 edition of the event and forward to coincide with the change in branding. The articles for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and editions of that event from 2014 (which similarly had a change in branding) and forward can be used as an examples. Infinite mission (talk) 04:36, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose. Please consider the descriptive value of a phrase "World Championships in Athletics". In the actual article title it is of lesser importance that the Championships were held under the auspices of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), a mere acronym of a company. "Athletics" is a key word here. Poeticbent talk 16:12, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Weak support. The proposed titles are more accurate indeed (they are the official championship titles, after all) and about as equally common as the alternatives. I don't think that readers would be confused by the title not containing "athletics", particularly as redirects are cheap. I also strongly reject the arguments about ambiguity – this is the IAAF World Championships (which should at minimum redirect here rather than be a dab page), as all other events are of lesser importance and qualified by an additional attribute ("indoor", "junior" etc.); the proposed title is equally (un)ambiguous as the World Championships in Athletics in this regard.
    That being said, I feel that benefit vs. cost ratio of such move is rather low: there are hundreds of individual event pages to be moved along, maybe even hundreds of categories, that it would probably require a bot to perform, or human editors with quite a lot of time to invest into. No such user (talk) 11:51, 25 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment Two edits, one each by Infinite mission and myself, resulted in a modified lead. The word "commonly" may be disputed, and I have no objections to replacing it with a more precise word or no word at all, but I believe the lead should briefly mention the former name and the fact that it can still be found in reliable sources. I am fine with the official name being used as the primary name in the lead. -happy5214 00:22, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Another comment If the official name of the FINA World Aquatics Championships is indeed the "FINA World Championships", then I believe that whatever result comes from this discussion ought to be applied to that event and all of its attendant articles. Same goes for any similar <governing body> World <sport> Championships/Cup and <governing body> <sport> World Championships/Cup articles listed below whose official names are simply <governing body> World Championships/Cup. In other words, I think this discussion needs to set a precedent. -happy5214 00:22, 26 August 2016 (UTC)


I compiled a list of world championships from a wide variety of sports, including all Olympic and select non-Olympic sports. I then sorted them by the format of their article titles. Here are the Olympic sport championships:

<governing body> World Cup/Chps
BWF World Championships
FIBT World Championships
FIFA World Cup
<governing body> <sport> World Cup/Chps
FIBA Basketball World Cup
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships
FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships
ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships
UCI BMX World Championships
UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships
UCI Road World Championships
UCI Track Cycling World Championships
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships
FIS Snowboard World Championships
<governing body> World <sport> Cup/Chps
FINA World Aquatics Championships
IHF World Men's Handball Championship
IAAF World Championships in Athletics
IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships
AIBA World Boxing Championships
FEI World Equestrian Games
FIL World Luge Championships
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships
ISSF World Shooting Championships
ITU World Triathlon Series
World <sport> Cup/Chps
World Archery Championships
World Curling Championships
World Fencing Championships
World Gymnastics Championships
World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
World Figure Skating Championships
World Speed Skating Championships
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships
World Judo Championships
World Modern Pentathlon Championships
World Rowing Championships
World Table Tennis Championships
World Taekwondo Championships
World Weightlifting Championships
World Wrestling Championships
<sport> World Cup/Chps
Biathlon World Championships
Hockey World Cup
Ice Hockey World Championships
Karate World Championships
Rugby World Cup Sevens
Trampoline World Championships
Here are selected non-Olympic sport championships:
<governing body> World Cup/Chps
IFAF World Championship
<governing body> <sport> World Cup/Chps
FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup
FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup
FIFA Futsal World Cup
UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
<governing body> World <sport> Cup/Chps
IAAF World Cross Country Championships
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
WTBA World Tenpin Bowling Championships
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m)
World <sport> Cup/Chps
World Armwrestling Championship
World Lacrosse Championship
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship
World Polo Championship
World Professional Darts Championship
World Squash Championships
<sport> World Cup/Chps
Bandy World Championship
Cricket World Cup
Racquetball World Championships
Rugby World Cup
Rugby League World Cup
Make of that what you will. -happy5214 01:11, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
IAAF doesn't include "Athletics", particularly in the newer editions.
It's also consistent with their naming for the U20 and U18 championship.
I don't see how it's any more ambiguous than FIBA World Championship was for naming. (FIBA opted to change that later themselves, but as World Championships "Basketball" was explicitly NOT included.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Inter DSM (talkcontribs) 15:50, 24 August 2016 (UTC)
This is not a list of official names. This is a list of existing article titles. I provided it in the event that it would be helpful, or perhaps inspire an RfC-type discussion for consistency across sports. Reply above, not here. -happy5214 00:01, 26 August 2016 (UTC)
  • I've Notified the Athletics Wikiproject. Not entirely sure why this wasn't done earlier given it is a top importance article. Thanks SFB 16:23, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Support a move to either "IAAF World Championships" or "World Championships in Athletics". The current title is deficient in that it's neither the official name (the former) nor a common term to refer to it (the latter). I think the move to the new official name has two problems: (a) the IAAF hosts multiple, top-level World Championships (Cross Country, Half Marathon, etc.) so the absence of qualification makes this title more ambiguous, and (b) in common parlance the event is not known as the IAAF World Championships – it makes it more difficult to locate when the sport is not in the title, as the federation is not so well known as, say, FIFA or FIBA. The main proposal here fails the first three points of Wikipedia:Article titles#Deciding on an article title in my opinion. SFB 17:20, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose all. There is no reason to depart from the common names. Nor is there any reason to see this as a precedent affecting other sports. We only need detailed naming conventions for those (relatively) rare subject areas where there is commonly an ambiguity problem, such as the names of kings. Andrewa (talk) 12:01, 7 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment Why are we moving pages already? This discussion is not yet closed. -happy5214 19:57, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.