Nanjing will now host the World Athletics Indoor Championships 2023.© AFP
World Athletics (WA) on Thursday introduced that they’ve agreed with the organizers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing to postpone the event from March 19-21 in 2021 to March 2023. “While we’ve been liaising with the Organising Committee and the Chinese Athletics Association to judge the staging over the previous few weeks, given the present international state of affairs, there may be nonetheless vital uncertainty concerning the state of the Covid-19 pandemic within the early a part of 2021,” WA stated in a release.
It’s with regret that we’ve agreed with the organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing (19-21 March 2021) to postpone the event to March 2023.
— World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) December 10, 2020
“For the security of our athletes and technical officers, we should duly take into account the dangers in bringing a big group of individuals to attend the event under the pandemic state of affairs and totally respect and perform the pandemic prevention coverage of the host nation,” it added.
Earlier this yr, the occasion was postponed to March 2021 after the coronavirus outbreak in China. The occasion was initially scheduled to held in Nanjing from March 13-15 this yr.
Nanjing will now host the World Indoor Championships 2023, one yr after the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in 2022.
Regardless of this postponement, athletes will nonetheless have substantial aggressive alternatives out there within the early part of 2021 via the World Indoor Tour, which contains 26 conferences unfold throughout 12 international locations in Europe and North America.
The World Indoor Tour runs from the top of January to the top of February 2021 and is organized throughout three totally different tiers of competition — Gold, Silver, and Bronze.