On the second day, at a dinner held on the eve of the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, congress granted World Athletics Service Awards. The Plaque of Merit (one per area) and Veteran Pins (three per area) were awarded to 24 individuals who had been recommended by their respective Area Associations.
Due to the pandemic, on 17-18 November 2021 the 53rd World Athletics Congress – a biennial gathering of athletics officials that includes the Council, Honorary Members, and up to three representatives from each of the Member Federations – was held virtually, online.
In Eugene, Coe took the opportunity to present those awards in person to nine of the awardees who are attending the World Athletics Championships Oregon22.
Dame Valerie Adams (New Zealand) – WORLD ATHLETICS VETERAN PIN
Brian Roe (Australia) – WORLD ATHLETICS Plaque of Merit