Athletes from around the globe will contest the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia on March 18-20. This vision is clouded by the advancing reality of war in Ukraine and the hopefully receding threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are challenging times to keep a clear vision of the immediate future. Athletics Canada is expected to announce their plans for team selection very soon. Some athletes are expected to focus solely on the outdoor season which features the World Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon in mid-July. Many Canadian athletes at US universities will end their winter season with the NCAA Indoor Championships scheduled in Birmingham, Alabama on March 11th and 12th. This makes one expect a compact number of Canadians to compete in Belgrade.
Canada’s top 30 performance this winter reflect the rising standards as both women’s and men’s list require a World Athletics score of over 1100 points. This supports Canada’s record at the Tokyo Olympic Games of ranking 5th in the world, may continue at the 2022 World Champiosnhips in Eugene.
Some of the athletes include seven-time national record holder Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, Natalia Hawthorn, Khamica Bingham, Christabel Nettey and Julie-Anne Staehli to name a few.
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