The World Athletics Championships have been rescheduled for 14-24 July in 2022, narrowly avoiding a clash with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The World Championships in the city of Eugene, Oregon were originally due to take place in August next year, but have been moved due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to start on 27 July, just three days after the World Athletics Championships will conclude.

The World Athletics Council said the date had been agreed after consultations with Birmingham 2022 organisers, and will "prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events".

"This will be a bonanza for athletics fans around the world," said World Athletics president Sebastian Coe in a statement.

"They will be treated to six weeks of absolutely first-class athletics. More than 70 of our Member Federations are part of the Commonwealth and more than 50 of our Member Federations are European so our guiding principle in rescheduling the World Championships was to ensure enough space was created around the centrepiece World Athletics Championship for athletes to choose other major events to compete in. We were also very mindful that we did not want to damage the other major championships in 2022, because they are also very important to our sport.

"We believe we have found a solution that will allow athletes who are eligible for the other two events to compete in them with the Commonwealth Games Federation planning to stage the athletics programme towards the end of their event. This will showcase our sport to its best advantage in the circumstances and we will continue collaborating with all competitions on the detailed programming.

"We would not have chosen to have three major championships back-to-back but it will give us a unique opportunity to promote our sport and its stars around the globe over a six-week period.

"I want to particularly thank Oregon 21 LLC and all its stakeholders for their collaboration and flexibility as well as all World Athletics' partners and broadcasters who are so critical to delivering the Games and taking it into the homes of millions of fans."