UPDATES BY WANDA DIAMOND LEAGUE
from Olaf Brockmann (Austrian Media)
2020: MEETINGS IN PARIS AND EUGENE CANCELLED
Wanda Diamond League announces updates to 2020 calendar: Due to ongoing developments in the global Covid-19 crisis, meetings in Paris and Eugene will not take place this year. The event in Gateshead has been postponed. The “Meeting de Paris”, provisionally scheduled for 6th September, will not take place this season. Following the latest government announcements on the organization of major events in France, meeting organizers concluded that there is not enough time to organize a world-class international event in the French capital this year. Paris’ well-loved Wanda Diamond League meeting will return in August 2021, at a time when it is able once again to mobilize volunteers and welcome international stars.
In Eugene, the 2020 Prefontaine Classic has also been canceled. The state of Oregon currently has a ban on large gatherings (including sporting events) and that restriction will be in place until at least the end of September. The ban, combined with the expected long term restrictions on international travel, make it impossible to host a world-class track & field meet in front of the Hayward Field faithful on 4th October.
The Prefontaine Classic is to return in 2021 and provide the opportunity for the University of Oregon to properly introduce the new Hayward Field to track & field fans around the world. Discussions are still ongoing in relation to the Muller Grand Prix Gateshead which is no longer scheduled for 16th August. The 12th September has been identified as a possible alternative date, however, final confirmation cannot be given at this time due to UK Government guidelines and restrictions.
Due to the ongoing global health situation and ever-changing regulations, the 2020 Wanda Diamond League calendar remains provisional and subject to further changes. The meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to staging competitions athletes can compete in and fans can enjoy athletics as far as the global pandemic allows. The 2020 Wanda Diamond League will not be a structured series of events leading to a final as is usually the case. Athletes will therefore not earn Diamond League points this season, and there will not be a single, 24-discipline final in Zurich as originally planned.
2020 Diamond League Athletics
- Oslo 11th June 2020 (Impossible Games, WDL exhibition event)
- Zurich 9th July 2020 (Inspiration Games, WDL exhibition event)
- Monaco 14th August 2020 Stockholm 23rd August 2020
- Lausanne 2nd September 2020 (WDL exhibition event)
- Brussels 4th September 2020
- Gateshead 12th September 2020 (TBC)
- Rome/Naples 17th September 2020 Shanghai 19th September 2020
- Doha 9th October 2020
- China2 17th October 2020 (venue TBA)
The 2020 editions of the following meetings have been canceled: Eugene London Paris Rabat Info and Credit: Wanda Diamond League.
2020 Diamond League Athletics Modified Program
Below is a copy of the new 2020 Diamond League Athletics Modified Program which ill resume on June 11, 2020. Rabat, London and Zurich have been canceled. Please watch this space for updates.
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