The Diamond League said yesterday that it plans to return to a full competition format next year with a complete programme of 32 disciplines if the global health situation allows it.
A new format was introduced for the 2020 season with the number of disciplines brought down to 24 in an effort to create a faster-paced meeting that is more palatable to television viewers but the move was widely criticised.
But the Diamond League said it would reinstate among other events the triple jump, discus, 200m, 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m in 2021.
“This has been a frustrating year for the athletes, meeting directors, broadcasters, sponsors and of course fans,” Diamond League Association chairman and the president of the sport’s governing body Sebastian Coe said in a statement.
“We’ve used this time... to openly discuss issues, share ideas to grow the Diamond League and understand more about the pressures each group faces.
“... The process has helped remind all of us about why the WDL (Diamond League) is so special and I’m confident this will shine through to the fans in this coming season.”
The Diamond League said it hoped to better promote field events by introducing a new format — with a qualifying round and a final — for long jump, triple jump, shot put, javelin and discus.
Athletics Association president Christian Taylor, the Olympic and World triple jump champion, welcomed the move to include all 32 disciplines.
“We are delighted that athletes’ voices have been heard,” Taylor said. “Rest assured we will continue advocating for all stadium events to be included in the future.”
The Diamond League said a total of $7mn in prize money would be awarded over the course of the 2021 season, which would comprise 13 meetings in 12 countries and culminate in a final over two days in Zurich.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Al-Attiyah wins stage, deflated Peterhansel keeps lead
Neymar helps PSG to Champions Trophy win over Marseille
Taxiwala blitzes to thrilling win in Muaither Cup sprint
Generation Amazing youth advocates learn about UN Sustainable Development Goals
Stunned Bayern left rueing cup loss
Barcelona edge Real Sociedad in shootout to reach final
Fulham silence Mourinho with late leveller to deny Spurs
Murray tests Covid positive, in doubt for Australian Open
Saina, Srikanth out as Indian challenge ends at Thailand Open