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World Athletics Championships moved to 2022 in Oregon

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

14:27 8 Apr 2020

World Athletics have confirmed that their next World Athletics Championships in Eugene have been moved to 2022. 

A change of date was required as their planned dates for 2021 clashed with the rearranged Tokyo Olympic Games.

The 2022 edition of the World Athletics Championships will be held in the Oregon city of Eugene from July 15-24.

World Athletics say they agreed the new dates "after extensive discussions with the sport’s stakeholders", including organisers of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham (July 27 to August 7), and the 2022 European Athletics Championships in Munich (August 11-21).

It means three major championships will play out over the span of just six weeks.

"This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world," World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.

Coe doesn't think the back-to-back nature of the competitions will be to the detriment of athletes, "We believe we have found a solution that will allow athletes who are eligible for the other two events to compete in them with the Commonwealth Games Federation planning to stage the athletics programme towards the end of their event.

"This will showcase our sport to its best advantage in the circumstances and we will continue collaborating with all competitions on the detailed programming.

"We would not have chosen to have three major championships back-to-back but it will give us a unique opportunity to promote our sport and its stars around the globe over a six-week period."

Libor Vaharnik is the interim chair of the 2022 European Championships and appears happy with the solution, "I would like to thank World Athletics for working constructively and collaboratively with us in finding a new event date that respects the major events already scheduled in 2022.

"The international sports calendar has been hugely impacted as we battle this terrible global health crisis, and in discussions with World Athletics and the Commonwealth Games Federation our mutual goal has been to put the interest of our athletes at the forefront of our thoughts."

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