World Athletics Championships moved to July 15, 2022

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The Oregon World Athletics Championships have been moved to July 15 to July 24, 2022, to avoid a scheduling conflict with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Tokyo has been rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021 – one year later than first planned.

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games will take place now July 27 to Aug. 7, 2022, with the athletics portion to be run during the latter half of the Games.

The European Championships will follow in Munich from Aug. 11 to the 21st.

Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics said that “this will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world.”

“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,” added Coe.

Meanwhile bidding for the 2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships and the 2023 World Athletics Relays is now delayed to Nov. 2020. However, events beyond that time frame will remain unchanged.

SHOESTRINGS: As earlier reported there is a suspension in place on qualifying for the 2020 (now 2021) Tokyo Olympics for those athletes that have not already qualified, to Dec. 1, 2020, and ending as late as June 29, 2021, depending on the event. Approximately half of the athletes had already qualified according to World Athletics.

With athletes having varied opportunities to train and race, going forward, World Athletics feels that this will even the qualification process for all.

Athletics Australia

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The content, which will appear on both the Athletics Australia website and across the Athletics Australia social media channels, is divided into three key themes: Keep Safe, Keep Fit and Keep Healthy. This site will sit alongside the existing Coronavirus information hub; The Stadium COVID-19.

The content will evolve over time and will draw in advice from our athletes and coaches, our key partners and the athletics community at large. It’s an area where we can all come to obtain advice and support each other so that we all Keep Fit, Keep Safe and Keep Healthy.

Currently, there are 1,542,056 Coronavirus cases, while there have been 90,913 deaths, 342,393 people have recovered.

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