CGF working with Uefa and World Athletics to minimise rescheduling knock-on effects
The Commonwealth Games Federation, organiser of the quadrennial multi-sports games, is in discussions with both Uefa and World Athletics to avoid a major clash of their three flagship competitions after the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it has been reported.
The coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Olympics and soccer’s Euro 2020 to the summer 2021, is set to result in both the 2021 World Athletics Championships in USA and the Women's Euro 2021 in England being delayed until 2022.
This raises the prospect of a clash with the Commonwealth Games in the English city of Birmingham,
Birmingham 2022 is currently scheduled to take place between 27 July and 7 August so there would be an overlap with the Women's Euros, on 7 July to 1 August, and the athletics championships, on 6 to 15 August.
However, on Thursday, a deal was close to being struck between the organisers of the three events, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Confirming the discussions, CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, said: “We are working closely with our International Federation partners, including World Athletics and Uefa, to ensure the XXIII Commonwealth Games maintains its position and stature on the global sporting calendar.”
All three federations are said to fear that, as things stand, the rescheduling could lead to the events "cannibalising" each other.
Sources said they were optimistic of a deal being struck to minimise any clashes.
It is understood that Uefa is eager to avoid two major sports events taking place in England at the same time and competing for attendances, public interest and airtime, while World Athletics is focused on ensuring that star athletes including Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson do not have to choose between defending their world and Commonwealth titles.
Sebastian Coe, the president of World Athletics, supports staging the World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games and multi-sport European Championships, to be held in Munich, over three months in June, July and August of 2022.
He said: “I do want the treble to be on. The treble at any time of the year is a challenging one. Discussions are on-going. I really do want to try and make this work, but there will inevitably be some compromises along the way.”