The Paralympic Games were postponed earlier this week ©Getty Images

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will work with Para sport Championships impacted by potential date clashes with a rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next year.

The Paralympic Games were postponed on Tuesday (March 24), with Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announcing the Olympics would move to 2021.

The postponement of the two major events came as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the sporting calendar.

The Olympic Games had been scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, with the Paralympics following between August 25 and September 6.

IOC Coordination Commission chair John Coates has suggested the organisation is working with Tokyo 2020 and federations to clear a window in July and August for the Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach has also said the Olympics would "not be restricted to the summer months" and claimed all options were on the table, with the possibility of a spring Games mooted.

The IPC has confirmed the Paralympic Games will follow the Olympics, with the organisation working alongside the IOC and Tokyo 2020 on potential dates.

“The Games come as a pair, so the Paralympics will follow the Olympics as previous editions,” an IPC spokesperson told insidethegames.

“At the moment we are liaising with the IOC regarding new dates and have informed them about the dates of all Para sport championships for 2021.

“Once we know the confirmed dates for Tokyo 2020, we will work accordingly with any Para sport Championship that may be impacted.

“So far all organising committees of Para sport Championships have shown a willingness to be flexible on timing taking into account the unprecedented situation we face.”

The World Para Swimming Championships are due to take place in Portugal next year ©Getty Images
The World Para Swimming Championships are due to take place in Portugal next year ©Getty Images

Key events on the IPC calendar have already been scheduled for 2021, including both the World Para Athletics and World Para Swimming Championships.

The biennial events mirror the potential clashes between the Olympic Games and the World Athletics and FINA World Championships.

No date has yet been officially announced for the World Para Athletics Championships next year.

The event is scheduled to take place in the Japanese city Kobe.

Portugal will stage the World Para Swimming Championships, with Madeira currently set to welcome athletes from September 25 to October 1.

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) President Richard Allcroft has said the sport will assess the impact of the Paralympic Games postponement on its calendar for 2021.