The ripple effects from moving the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo to next summer continue to alter the sports calendar. The world track and field championships, scheduled for Eugene, Ore., in 2021, were postponed on Wednesday until July 2022.
The move was expected, as the original dates, in August 2021, overlapped with the new dates for the Tokyo Games, which have been moved from 2020.
The world track and field championships, normally held in odd-numbered years, attract the best runners and jumpers in the world and are considered second in importance only to the Olympics.
When the event is held in Eugene from July 15 to 24, 2022, it will be the first track worlds in the United States. The July dates were chosen in part because the European championships are scheduled for August 2022.
Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, track and field’s world governing body, has said that if there is a silver lining in the postponement of the Tokyo Games, it is that his sport will have a major event in four consecutive years — the Olympics in 2021, a world championships in 2022 and 2023, and then the Olympics in Paris in 2024.
Swimming is likely to move its world championships as well, since it too overlaps with the new Olympic dates in 2021.