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World Athletics to postpone 2021 World Championships to 2022

(Xinhua)    09:01, March 31, 2020

PARIS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- The global athletics governing body released a statement on Monday to support the new 2021 dates of the Tokyo Olympic Games and promised to postpone the 2021 World Athletics Championships to 2022.

"We support the new 2021 dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announced today by the Japanese organizers and the IOC (International Olympic Committee). This gives our athletes the time they need to get back into training and competition," the World Athletics said in the statement published on their website.

"Everyone needs to be flexible and compromise and to that end we are now working with the organizers of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022 for our World Athletics Championships."

The Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled to July 23 to August 8, 2021 according to a joint announcement from the IOC and local organizers, meaning the 2021 World Championships scheduled to be held from August 6 to 15 will not take place as planned.

"We would like to thank our Oregon 2021 Organizing Committee, their stakeholders and our partners for their collaboration and willingness to explore all options," the World Athletics said.

The World Athletics revealed that they are also in discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the European Championships, as both of the events are due to be held in 2022.

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