Commonwealth Games: CGF seeks to avoid fixed clashes with Birmingham 2022

LONDON: Commonwealth Games organizers are firm on dates for Birmingham 2022 and want sports affected by the postponement of Tokyo Olympic Games working with them and avoiding 'cannibalizing opportunities' for everyone.

the English city is due to stage the 22nd edition of the Games from July 27 to August 7 but both athletics and swimming world championships now face a potential clash with the Olympic Games in 2021.

The International Olympic Committee has said that the Tokyo Games, postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, should occur by the summer of next year.

Obviously we need to look at where this pandemic goes in general, but we are still focused on a successful Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on the original dates, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Chief Executive David Grevemberg told Reuters on Wednesday.

The Olympic postponement has created a huge headache for sports programmers, with World athletics President Sebastian Coe saying Tuesday that the world championships from August 6 to 15, 2021 in Portland, Oregon, could go to 2022.

Swimming's world championships are scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan, from July 16-Aug. 1 and could overlap with a rescheduled Olympic Games .

If switched to 2022, that could deny British fans a chance to see reigning Olympic and World Breaststroke Champion Adam Peaty search for gold at home.

We ask those FIs (international federations) to work closely with ourselves so that we can maximize two great opportunities if it comes down to it, Grevemberg said when asked about athletics and swimming.

That is really what needs to be done and how we can keep the sporting calendar in place of cannibalizing opportunities and questioning the value of those opportunities for respective athletes.

We would like to believe that athletes get a great rebound from both events and I think there are solutions that can work within that space if it does come.

the Commonwealth Games 2022 were originally handed to Durban in South Africa but the city was stripped of hosting rights by the Commonwealth Games Federation in 2017 after the plan hit financial problems.

the quadrennial Games bring together athletes from the 52 members of the Commonwealth, most of which were at one time colonies of Britain.

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Grevemberg dijo que creía que las federaciones interesadas tenían la intención, en la actualidad, de tratar de mantener y hacer malabarismos con the calendarios para contener esto dentro de 2021.

Sin embargo, eso aún podría afectar the Juegos Juveniles de la Commonwealth multideportivos, que están programados del 1 al 7 de agosto de 2021 en Trinidad y Tobago.

Para the pequeños estados y the estados insulares, de the cuales dos tercios de the pequeños estados del mundo y the estados insulares están en la Comunidad, nuestro evento en Puerto España es un gran problema, dijo Grevemberg.

Es un gran problema en términos de economía, un gran problema en términos de recursos, promoción y atracción a the estados insulares.

Grevemberg, an American, said the sport also needed to learn from the Tokyo situation.

I think this is a good lesson for all of us in terms of how we communicate and there is a tremendous opportunity right now to reflect on how the sport has been doing its business to date, he added.

In terms of environmental and health and safety concerns, in a context of globalization and health, I really believe that we need to think about how we adapt and work smarter to address these kinds of realities.

This will be more and more frequent. We need to adapt and be more agile and effective in this type of circumstances.

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