2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham avoids clash

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The World Athletics Championships in the United States will now take place three weeks earlier than planned, avoiding a clash with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The championships, in Eugene, Oregon, had already been pushed back a year after the postponement of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are now set to take place on July 15-July 24 , with the Commonwealth Games being held between July 27-August 7 and the European Championships in Munich, August 11-August 21.

World Athletics said the new schedule for 2022 will “prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events”, adding that it will be an “extraordinary international season for athletics”.

President of World Athletics Sebastian Coe said, “This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world.

“They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics.”

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However, Athletics journalist Alex Seftel is worried that the new dates will affect people taking part.

He said, “If all three go ahead as currently planned, participation at the games in Birmingham is very likely to suffer.”

He believes they may have to be flexible in order to accommodate the busy schedule but did say it could lead to an even better spectacle.

“Even though there may be fixture congestion and athletes having to change their routines, it will probably make the games even more competitive.”

Seftel insisted it will still be a great occasion when it does eventually take place.

“Birmingham is a great place, so for now it’s about adapting and getting through this as best we can.

“I’m sure it will be just as special as London 2012 and The World Championships in 2017,” he added.

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Athletics chief David Grevemberg said the staging of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will not be impacted by the postponement of the Olympics.

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“We remain fully committed to hosting in Birmingham in 2022.

“Over the coming weeks, we will continue to work collaboratively with international federation partners to ensure the XXII Commonwealth Games maintains its position and stature on the global sporting calendar.”

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With the Prime Minister in hospital and cases of Covid-19 still on the rise, particularly in the West Midlands, Birmingham will be keeping their fingers crossed the games do make it to the second city in 2022.

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