Athletics: Diamond League cuts eight disciplines for 2020 season

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(Information) – Eight disciplines have been axed from the core program of the 2020 Diamond League season, lowering the quantity to 24 — 12 every for women and men — to cater to a 90-minute broadcast window, the IAAF stated on Wednesday.

The Diamond League performed analysis to determine which disciplines must be part of the 2020 season and concluded that the lads’s and girls’s 200 meters, discus throw, triple leap and 3000m steeplechase is not going to be contested.

Whereas the 200 meters was excluded as organizers felt it might be too congested alongside the 100 meters in an Olympics 12 months, the opposite area occasions have been the least common disciplines within the survey.

The 100 meters, lengthy leap and excessive leap turned out to be the three hottest disciplines in on-line and post-event surveys performed throughout a number of nations. They’re a part of the core program and can seem in any respect conferences and the ultimate.

“Following an in depth evaluate of the schedule for the 90-minute broadcast window of the Diamond League, each the 200m and the 3000m steeplechase will probably be included in 10 conferences (5 male and 5 feminine) within the 2020 Diamond League season,” the IAAF stated in an announcement.

“Two conferences may also characteristic discus and triple leap (1 feminine and 1 male). Nevertheless, not one of the 4 disciplines will characteristic within the Diamond League last in 2020.”

The 2020 calendar consists of 14 conferences and one last in Zurich.

Final month, Diamond League officers agreed so as to add a 15th meet to its 2020 season in China as a part of a partnership with Chinese language conglomerate Wanda Group who agreed to a 10-year deal to turn out to be the title sponsor of the circuit.

“Our goal is to create a faster-paced, extra thrilling international league that would be the showcase for our sport. A league that broadcasters need to present and followers need to watch,” IAAF president and Diamond League chairman Sebastian Coe stated.

“Nevertheless, we perceive the frustration of these athletes within the disciplines not a part of the 2020 Diamond League season.”

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Davis