World Athletics has today, Thursday, 30th July, announced new dates for the World U20 Championships, which was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a statement on the World Athletics website, the competition has been pushed to next year immediately after the Olympic Games.
The events had initially been set for 7th to12th July.
“The World U20 Championships will now be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 17 to 22 August, 2021, one week after the Tokyo Olympic Games,” read the statement.
“Under the competition’s rules, athletes aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 years on 31 December, 2021 will be eligible to compete.
“The World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships have been rescheduled for 23rd-24th April, 2022 in Minsk, Belarus.”
The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Yangzhou 2022 have also had a small date change, moving back one week, from 20th March, 2022, to 27th March 2022.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: “The disruption caused by the global pandemic has made it more difficult to schedule international events over the next two years but we want to give as much certainty as we can to our athletes, Member Federations, host cities and partners.
“We have done our best to choose dates that we believe are achievable and offer the best chance for our athletes and event hosts to shine on the international stage.”