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World U20 Championships: Start date now moved to August 18

The World Athletics has confirmed a change in start date for the 2021 World Athletics U20 Championships to be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya next week.

The competition scheduled to be held between 17-22 August will now begin one day later on Wednesday 18 August, finishing on Sunday 22 August.

It says the impact of COVID-19 on teams travelling and moving vital equipment around the world have proven to be a challenge.

It also assured that the full athletics programme can be accommodated across five days rather than five-and-a-half days with minimal impact on the athletes attending from more than 100 countries.

“The new schedule delivers a fuller and faster-paced event and we are delighted that the broadcast rights for these championships have been taken up by more than 14 countries, with 12 of them showing the event live, ” an excerpt of its statement read.

The World Athletics says it will be live streaming the morning and evening sessions on its YouTube channel. Adding, “full details of how to watch the event will be issued in the coming days.

“Over the past 18 months World Athletics has been determined to give athletes as many opportunities as possible to compete, despite the complex conditions the world still faces in fighting the pandemic.

“The next four years offers unprecedented opportunities for these promising young athletes to move on to the senior World Championships and Olympic stages as we present World Athletics Championships in Oregon in 2022, Budapest in 2023, the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024 and another World Athletics Championships in 2025 which will be awarded to a host city early next year.”