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Dates in 2022 being sought for 2021 World Athletics Championships

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A general view as Timothy Cheruiyot of Kenya and Heat 1 compete in the Men's 1500 metres semi finals during day eight of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on October 04

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ByReuters
30/03/2020 at 12:47 | Updated 30/03/2020 at 19:04

Athletics' world championships have been postponed until the summer of 2022 and the global governing body is seeking new dates for the event in Eugene, Oregon that was originally scheduled for 2021.

World Athletics announced its plans for rescheduling the world championships after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese officials said the new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be July 23 to August 8, 2021.

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"100% Oregon will be held summer 2022," a World Athletics spokesman told Reuters on Monday.

World Athletics had earlier said in a statement: "We are now working with the organisers of the world athletics championships in Oregon on new dates in 2022 for our world athletics championships."

The championships had been scheduled for August 6-15, 2021.

World Athletics said it also was in discussions with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the European Championships.

The European Championships are currently scheduled for August 26-30 in Paris. The next Commonwealth Games are set for July 27 to August 7 2022 in Birmingham.

The Games had been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands of people around the world.

"This gives our athletes the time they need to get back into training and competition," World Athletics said of the new Olympics dates. "Everyone needs to be flexible and compromise."

The governing body added: "We would like to thank our Oregon 21 Organising Committee, their stakeholders and our partners for their collaboration and willingness to explore all options."

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