New date for Nairobi World Under-20 Championships announced


New date for Nairobi World Under-20 Championships announced
A view of the Moi International Sports Stadium, Kasarani. (PHOTO/Kasarani)

In Summary

  • The Nairobi World U20 Championships will be held from August 17 to 22 next year, one week after the Olympic Games are scheduled to finish in Tokyo.Under the competition’s rules, athletes aged 16, 17, 18 or 19 years on 31 December, 2021 will be eligible to compete

The Nairobi World U20 Championships will be held from August 17 to 22 next year, one week after the Olympic Games are scheduled to finish in Tokyo.

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 said Thursday its Council had approved the new date as it announced a number of other calendar adjustments including the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships.

The Race Walking Team Championships have been rescheduled for 23-24 April, 2022 in Minsk, Belarus with both events due to have taken place this year but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Yangzhou 2022 have also had a small date change, moving back one week, from 20 March, 2022, to 27 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.”

In an effort to assist long-term planning for the athletes and Member Federations and in line with the Global Calendar Hierarchy, the Global Calendar Unit has agreed on the following national championships protected windows from 2021-2024.

2021
Protected national championships window 1 – 5-6 June
Protected national championships window 2 – 26-27 June

2022
Protected national championships window – 25-26 June

2023
Protected national championships window 1 – 8-9 July
Protected national championships window 2 – 29-30 July

2024
Protected national championships window 1 – 8-9 June
Protected national championships window 2 – 29-30 June

These protected windows mean that the national federations in Europe, North America & Caribbean and northern Africa, can plan their national championships on these weekends free in the knowledge that there will be no clashes with Wanda Diamond League, or Continental Tour Gold, Silver or Bronze international meetings.

The Global Calendar Unit is working on similar suitable arrangements with Asia, South America, southern Africa and Oceania to ensure the optimization of the calendar in those Continental Areas.

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