— Published 24 January 2022

World Athletics Championships postponed by two years

The Olympiad is shaping up to be a difficult one for athletes with disabilities. For the second time, the upcoming World Championships in Athletics for the Disabled have been postponed due to the health situation. Originally scheduled for 2020 in the Japanese city of Kobe, the competition was first postponed by two years. It was to be held from 26 August to 4 September 2022. But the health crisis has forced the organisers to postpone the event by two years. The World Athletics for the Disabled is now set for 2024, the year of the Paris Paralympic Games. According to Athletics Weekly, World Para Athletics and the organising committee are currently planning on the feasibility of a postponement to 2024, in order to keep the world championships in the Paris 2024 Games cycle. In such a scenario, Paris would host the World Championships in Athletics for the Disabled in 2023 as planned, and then the event would be held the following year in Kobe. The last World Championships in Athletics for the Disabled were held in Dubai in 2019. With the official postponement of the Kobe event, the world’s elite in athletics for the disabled will have to wait four years before a new global event is held, outside of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.