Tokyo 2020: Olympics postponement will have ‘enormous impact’ on sports calendar

The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympic Games could result in sporting organisations working closer with athletes to enable them to participate at their peak, according to the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

The 2022 Commonwealth Games could well be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with both the athletics and swimming world championships – due to be held between July and August 2021 – potentially moved back a year to accommodate an anticipated rescheduling of the Olympics for next summer.

The CGF has written to World Athletics and swimming’s governing body FINA in an effort to work collaboratively with them on the potential rescheduling of their respective major events to 2022, when Birmingham is due to host the next Commonwealth Games from July 27 to August 7, 2022.

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David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation told Sky Sports News: “We are working in unprecedented times.

“What we will end up having to do is to be more innovative, we will have to cooperate more.

“This is a great opportunity not to cannibalise each other or to step on each other’s toes, but to actually work closer together and then ultimately we may have to start consolidating these opportunities and creating more space in the calendar so that athletes are able to participate at their peak and not be put in these inflexible situations.”

“The priorities for athletes, the mobilisations of resource and assets that were on route to Tokyo to deliver a fantastic event all have to change now.

“We are going to have to take a strong look at how we work with those international fed as they start to adapt their schedules for this year and the following years to essentially make space and ensure that we are still providing great safe opportunities for athletes, fans and the local communities that we are serving.”

Grevemberg also expects closer examinations on the way major events are run going forward.

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