World track and field championships moved to July 2022 in Oregon

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Eugene, Ore., will host the world track and field championships July 15-24, 2022, World Athletics announced Wednesday.

The championships had been set for Aug. 6-15, 2021. But with the Tokyo Olympics moved from 2021 from 2022, the event was moved back one year.

Many athletes will have a busy summer in 2022. The 2022 Commonwealth Games will proceed as scheduled July 27-Aug. 7 in Birmingham, England, as will the multisport European Championships Aug. 11-21 in Munich, Germany.

“This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said. “They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics.”

The world championships will be held at Eugene’s Hayward Field, which has a long history of hosting major U.S. events — Olympic trials, U.S. championships and the NCAA championships — as well as the 2014 world junior championships and the Prefontaine Classic, an annual Diamond League event. The stadium is being expanded to 12,650 permanent seats with the capability of being further expanded to 25,000.

This year’s Prefontaine Classic is set to be the first meet in the renovated stadium, but the coronavirus may threaten plans to host the event as scheduled June 6-7. Diamond League events scheduled for May have been postponed.

The last world championships were held in 2019 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. led the medal tally with 14 gold medals and 29 total.

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