International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) President Richard Allcroft has said the world governing body will evaluate the impact of the postponement of this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo on its international calendar for 2021.
It was confirmed today that Tokyo 2020 would not go ahead as initially planned because of the coronavirus pandemic and has therefore been put back until no later than the summer of next year.
Allcroft stated yesterday if a postponement was to occur, it could impact on all nations as the IWRF looks to evaluate its international calendar for 2021.
"The IWRF have already started considering scenarios and we will consult with the membership throughout," he wrote in a coronavirus update to member nations.
There have now been more than 18,000 coronavirus deaths across the world and strict travel restrictions and lockdown orders are in place in many countries, making it hard for athletes to train.
Dozens of sporting events - including Paralympic qualifiers - have been postponed or cancelled as a result of the crisis.
"The IWRF support any initiatives that will safeguard the welfare of our athletes," Allcroft added.
"I will be contacting the eight qualified nations and offer them an opportunity to discuss the situation with me personally.
"The IWRF need to understand their current situation and how it may impact them over the coming months.
"This will help us make informed decisions over the coming days."
Wheelchair rugby has been an official medal sport at the Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000.
Only one event, mixed team, is held.