World Indoor Championships in China in March pushed back by three years due to Covid-19 with no space left in the calendar next year with postponed Tokyo Olympics in the summer
- The 2021 World Indoor Championships in China has been postponed until 2023
- The event in Nanjing was scheduled to take place on March 19-21 of next year
- But, due to the ‘uncertainty’ of the pandemic the event has been pushed back
- The competition will now take place after the 2022 Championships in Belgrade
The World Indoor Championships have been postponed for a second time, with the meet in Nanjing, China now pushed back until March 2023.
The championships were initially scheduled for March 2020 before being shifted to March 2021 because of the pandemic.
With the global situation still uncertain, the indoors event has again been moved on the calendar, though Nanjing will retain the staging rights.
The 2021 World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, has been postponed until 2023
A World Athletics statement read: ‘Whilst we have been liaising with the Organising Committee and the Chinese Athletics Association to evaluate the staging over the last few weeks, given the current global situation, there is still significant uncertainty about the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in the early part of 2021.
‘For the safety of our athletes and technical officials, we must duly consider the risks in bringing a large group of people to attend the event under the pandemic situation and fully respect and carry out the pandemic prevention policy of the host country.
‘The indoor season for athletics falls within a narrow calendar window (up to the end of March) so it is not possible to extend the event to later in the year.
‘We would like Nanjing to be the host of our World Indoor Championships given the extensive planning and preparation they have put into this event so have agreed they will stage the event one year after the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2022.’
The World Indoor Tour, which includes 26 meetings spread across 12 countries from the end of January to the end of February next year, will continue, it was confirmed.
World Athletics says the decision was due to the ‘uncertainty’ surrounding the pandemic