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The 2022 Bathurst World Cross Country Championships scheduled for February 22 will be delayed to Feb. 18, 2023, due to COVID-19.

World Athletics and the local organising committee agreed to the delay.

The Australian border is closed to international visitors due to the fourth wave of the pandemic.

AARHUS, DENMARK – MARCH 30: Sarah Schiffmann of Australia competes in the Women’s U20 Final during the IAAF World Athletics Country Championships on March 30, 2019 in Aarhus, Denmark. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“Athletics Australia and the LOC are delighted that World Athletics and its partners have agreed to the postponement, which allows us to plan and deliver a world-class celebration of cross country running in February 2023. This is one of the most exciting athletics events in the world and the iconic course at Mount Panorama will see some incredible racing,” said LOC Co-Chair and Athletics Australia Board Member, Jill Davies in a news release.

“We would like to thank World Athletics and the New South Wales Government for their continued confidence in our ability to deliver a world-class event in February 2023. We will continue to work hard over the next year to be ready to welcome the world’s best cross-country athletes and athletics fans to Bathurst for a global celebration of cross country running.”