For the first time in nearly a decade, British Columbia is hosting a senior national track and field championships, as the 2022 and 2023 championships will be held in Langley. Both trials will be the final step in qualification for those years’ world championships (2022 in Oregon and 2023 in Budapest, Hungary). There will be back-to-back World Championships Trials in 2022 and 2023, due to the cascading effect of postponing the Olympics.
“The last time the Canadian Track and Field Championships were held in British Columbia was in Victoria in 2004,” said Brent Dolfo, Local Organizing Committee Chair. “On behalf of the entire Local Organizing Committee I can confidently say we are thrilled to welcome the Canadian Championships and World Trials to the west coast.”
Two weeks ago Athletics Canada also announced the new dates for the 2021 Olympic Trials. Originally scheduled for June 2020, they’re expected to take place from June 24 to 27, 2021. The announcement came only two days after World Athletics announced their new qualification period: December 1 through June 29. Team Canada is expected to name their full Olympic squad following the trials. As scheduled, the event will be held in Montreal, at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.
While runners are still practicing social distancing, at least there are a few races dates emerging on the calendar–even if they’re far away.