(ATR) An already busy athletics schedule for 2022 just got even more crowded.
The World Athletics Championships in Oregon are being moved to July 15-24, 2022. The original dates of August 6-15, 2021 conflicted with the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The new dates for the Oregon World Championships were approved by the World Athletics Council after what the federation described as "extensive discussions with the sport’s stakeholders" including the organizers of both the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the multi-sport European Championships.
Three days after the world championships wrap up, the Commonwealth Games will begin. Birmingham 2022 runs from July 27 to August 7. Just four days later, the European Championships open in Munich on August 11 and run through August 21.
"This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world," World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said in a statement.
"More than 70 of our Member Federations are part of the Commonwealth and more than 50 of our Member Federations are European so our guiding principle in rescheduling the World Championships was to ensure enough space was created around the centerpiece World Athletics Championships for athletes to choose other major events to compete in. We were also very mindful that we did not want to damage the other major championships in 2022, because they are also very important to our sport.
"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 program 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."
Bidding for 2023 World Athletics Events Postponed
World Athletics also announced on Wednesday that the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events have been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The bidding processes for the 2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships and the 2023 World Athletics Relays will now open in November 2020.
The timelines for World Athletics Series events beyond 2023 remain unchanged.
Written by Gerard Farek
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