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The World Athletics Championships are held every two years and this time go to Gothenburg, Sweden, where the Ullevi Stadium hosts the event from 4 to 13 August. Centresport Travel, the official tour operator of the British Athletics Supporters Club, and Track and Field Tours, of Ingatestone, specialise in athletics events and have accommodation to suit all pockets in central Gothenburg. Split and full packages are on offer, though Centresport has limited availability.

Seats, though, are not cheap, priced from pounds 515 to pounds 835 for the championships, but can be booked on a daily basis. Standing tickets are available, though these are not really an option.

World Athletics Championships, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4-13 August.

Tickets: Gothenburg Organising Committee (Tel: 00 46 31 19 95 95; fax 00 46 31 778 95 95).

Swedish Travel and Tourism Council, 73 Welbeck Street, London W1M 8AN. (Tel: 0171 935 9784).

Track and Field Tours, PO Box 800, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 0HE. (Tel: 01277 354377; fax 01277 355412). Tours: Five-night options: 4-9 August from pounds 409; 9-14 August from pounds 479; Championships from pounds 595.

Centresport Travel, National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, London SE19 2BB. (Tel: 0181 659 3841; fax 0181 676 9272). Tours: 10 nights: pounds 695 to pounds 1,155. Booking fee for tickets only service.

Details of forthcoming events with information on tickets and venues should be sent to: The Sports Desk, The Independent, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL. Fax: 0171 293 2894.

Compiled by Paul Maher