Sport • 30 January, 2020

World Athletics to postpone World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020

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It is with regret that we have agreed with the organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing (13-15 March 2020) to postpone the event to March 2021, World Athletics says.

We know that China is doing all it can to contain the new Coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts but it is necessary to provide our athletes, Member Federations and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances, World Athletics says.

The spread of the Coronavirus both within China and outside the country is still at a concerning level and no one should be going ahead with any major gathering that can be postponed.

We have considered the possibility of relocating the event to another country and would like to thank the cities that have volunteered to host the championships. However, given concerns still exist regarding the spread of the virus outside China, we have decided not to go with this option, as it may lead to further postponement at a later date, World Athletics says.

The indoor season for athletics falls within a narrow calendar window (up to the end of March) and it will be suitable date in 2021 to host this event. Nanjing will be the host given the extensive planning and preparation they have put into this event.

World Athletics and the Nanjing organising committee is working to secure a date in 2021 to stage this event.

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