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Stakeholders open to rescheduling of 2021 World Athletics Championships

Hayward Field hosts the 2018 Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship (by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

World Athletics and the local organising committee of the 2021 World Athletics Championships, Oregon21, have said they are open to rescheduling their event to accommodate any possible postponement of the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The United States is due to host its first edition of the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon from August 6-15 next year, but these dates may now clash with a rescheduling of Tokyo 2020. On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it was beginning talks about alternatives to hosting the 2020 Olympics as scheduled, due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It said the process would last four weeks and that cancelling the event is “not on the agenda”.

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