Statement on confirmation of rescheduled dates for 2022 World Athletics Championships
The World Athletics Championships in Oregon have been rescheduled to 15-24 July in 2022, following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Oregon World Championships were originally scheduled for 6-15 August, 2021, but have been rescheduled to the following year to avoid a clash with the Olympic Games.
Welcoming World Athletics' announcement of rescheduled dates for the Athletics World Championships CGF President Dame Louise Martin DBE said:
“I would like to thank the leadership of World Athletics for a hugely constructive approach to working with the CGF.
Our collective objective has been to ensure that, in this unprecedented time of global upheaval in all our lives, as well as its impact on the international sports calendar, the interests of athletes are at the centre of all decision-making.
Together, we are successfully creating space within the sports calendar to provide athletes with the opportunity to safely compete to the best of their abilities at multiple world class events.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Delivery Partners will continue to work with international federations, including UEFA, and the stakeholders of the multi-sport European Championships in Munich, to ensure athletes, spectators and sport fans alike can celebrate an unprecedented summer of sport.”
The World Athletics Council approved the new dates this week after extensive discussions with the sport’s stakeholders including organisers of two other major athletics championships due to take place in July-August 2022, the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the multisport European Championships in Munich.
The new schedule will prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events and allow eligible athletes to compete in up to three world class competitions.
“This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world,’’ World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said.
“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 centrepiece World Athletics Championship 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.
This will showcase our sport to its best advantage in the circumstances and we will continue collaborating with all competitions on the detailed programming."