International federations including World Athletics and Fiba are continuing to rejig their calendars in response to the postponement of Tokyo 2020 and the ongoing coronavirus disruption.
Basketball’s world governing body Fiba has postponed its men’s Olympic qualifiers, European Championship and Americas Championship.
The Olympic qualifiers were due to take place June 23-28 this year, and will now take place in the period from June 22 to July 4 next year, with the exact dates to be confirmed.
Eight teams have already qualified – hosts Japan, the US, Nigeria, Argentina, Iran, France, Australia and world champions Spain. Four more teams are to qualify, from four qualifying tournaments featuring 24 teams in total.
The European Championship – EuroBasket – and the Americas Championship – AmeriCup – were due to take place next year, and will now both take place in 2022, on dates in the period September 1-18.
The women’s AmeriCup will be held on June 20-27 next year and the women’s EuroBasket on June 17-27 next year. Women’s Olympic qualifying was completed before the coronavirus interruption.
The U17 World Cup 2020 in Bulgaria has been rescheduled to the same dates as the U17 women’s World Cup 2020 in Romania – August 15-23. Fiba said a final decision on whether these tournaments will go ahead as scheduled will be made in mid-May.
World Athletics has designated August 8-9 this year as a “protected window” for national athletics championships. No Diamond League or World Athletics Continental tour events will be scheduled on this weekend in order to allow national federations to run their own annual championships.
Athletics’ governing body said next year’s protected windows would be on June 5-6 and 26-27, just after the end of the Tokyo Olympics qualifying period.
Last week, World Athletics announced a new qualification period for the Olympics to start on December 1, 2020 and running into 2021. This means that any results posted until November 30 this year will not count towards Olympics qualification.
WA said its ‘Global Calendar Unit’ is working with the Diamond League and Continental Tour to reschedule the rest of the 2020 season, and will make an announcement on this towards the end of April.
The International Skating Union has moved its congress from June 8-12 this year to May 31-June 4 next year. The meeting will remain at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa in Phuket, Thailand.
ISU members will vote by mail this year on a number of items deemed “urgent and essential”, including the budget for 2020 and 2021. The ISU said the budget would be published in the coming months, and would reflect “the negative financial consequences of the cancellation and pending possible postponement of three ISU 2020 Championships”.
The three championships are the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, originally scheduled for Seoul on March 13-15; the World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal on March 16-22; and the World Synchronised Skating Championships in Lake Placid on April 3-5. The union said it was open to rescheduling these in October to December this year, but noted that the window for doing so “is quickly closing”.
The International Gymnastics Federation said it would reschedule its World Cups and continental championships that have been interrupted by the coronavirus “once the pandemic has been contained and governmental restrictions are lifted”.