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- U.S. Track & Field (USATF) has canceled the 2021 Indoor Championships that were scheduled for February 2021 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- World Athletics also postponed—for the second time—the Indoor World Championships to March 2023.
The 2021 U.S. Track & Field Indoor Championships—originally scheduled for February 20-21, in Albuquerque, New Mexico—have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the 2021 USATF Indoor Combined Events, which were to be held as part of the championships, were also canceled, according to a press release.
USATF’s group of medical and scientific experts worked to develop a rigorous set of COVID-19 protocols in order to safely hold the event. However, the number of new cases continue to rise in New Mexico (1,208 new cases were reported in the state on Sunday, January 10), and the group determined that given the New Mexico statewide restrictions and policies, along with other logistical challenges, the event was determined to be too difficult to safely hold.
This isn’t the first major indoor event to be postponed or canceled for 2021. The 2020 World Indoor Championships were postponed from March 2020 to March 2021, and then again to March 2023.
There’s still one U.S. indoor pro track and field meet on the schedule; the Indoor Grand Prix on February 13 in Boston.
Races are still in a tough situation as the new year begins. Some are going on as planned; however, many large-scale events have already made decisions for their 2021 races, including major events like the Millrose Games, which were canceled, and the spring marathon majors, which were moved to the fall.
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