The daily schedule for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been released, with track and field action set to start on day five as organisers aim to attract athletes eyeing a summer treble.
With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Athletics Championships in Oregon has also been delayed and will now take place on July 15-24, 2022, while athletics at the European Championships in Munich is scheduled for August 15-21.
In June a 24-hour change in start date was announced for the Commonwealth Games, with the action now taking place in the West Midlands city in England from July 28 to August 8.
NEW 2022 CALENDAR:
World Athletics Championships, Oregon – July 15-24
Commonwealth Games, Birmingham – July 28-August 8
European Championships, Munich – August 15-21
In order to give athletes as much time as possible to recover after the global event, organisers have the first day of track and field at the refurbished Alexander Stadium taking place on August 2.
The programme will run until August 7, with the marathon events scheduled for July 30. The location of the marathon start and finish and the route is expected to be confirmed in 2021.
“This innovative and exciting sports schedule highlights exceptional partnership working from so many stakeholders to ensure the UK stages a fantastic, celebratory summer of sport in 2022,” said Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg.
“The level of collaboration with the likes of World Athletics and UEFA has been unprecedented to ensure Birmingham 2022 retains a premium spot in an exciting period that will include the UEFA Women’s EURO in England and World Athletics Championships in Oregon.”
“We’ve had to look at how we consolidate the athletics programme to give adequate rest periods between the World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games, but also respecting the European Championships as well,” Grevemberg said in June.
“You could almost create it as a grand slam. It’s a challenge and athletes like a challenge.
“This is a historical moment.”