Bhubaneswar, July 31 -- Monaco: World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has said that the global governing body for athletics is working on a contingency plan for a second consecutive year in which competitions would be impacted by COVID-19 just as they were in 2020.

Coe told media after the World Athletics Council meeting that it is looking at a reality in which competitions within national borders became a template next year.

"It isn't inconceivable that we could end up for the second year in a row with some very badly dented competition ambitions. And that wouldn't just have a financial impact on the sport, it would also have the impact that goes way beyond that, and I suppose it is simply about eyeballs on our sport," said Coe.