This is the international athletics calendar from August to September
The World Athletics announced on Tuesday the new international calendar, modified by the coronavirus pandemic, which would begin on August 11 and run until October 17.
The agency indicated that this calendar has been the result of commitment of most directors of Continental Tour Gold and Diamond League meetings to organize their events on rescheduled dates in this 2020, and that they decided to start the ‘new’ season after the weekend of August 8-9 reserved for the different National Championships.
The season starts in Finland
Three days later the season would begin in the Finnish town of Turku, with a test of the continental circuit, and the 14th would be the date chosen for the start of a Diamond League in Monaco that, finally, will consist of ten more appointments in Gateshead, Stockholm, Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Naples, Shanghai, Eugene, Doha and a second event in China, which would be precisely the one that closed the year.
In this sense, World Athletics pointed out that due to the uncertainty regarding the coronavirus, The organizers of the Diamond League have announced that they will be "individual meetings" And there will be no individual scores, "so there will be no overall league winners this year and the final in Zurich will not take place."
Of the World Series of Athletics events scheduled for 2020, only the Half-Marathon World Championship will take place this year on October 17 in the Polish town of Gdynia.
Health, first priority
"As we have overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic and the disruption it has caused to our sport, our first priority was the health and safety of our athletes. And the next has been find a way to get our professional athletes back to competing internationally this year, since their income depends on this, ”said Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics.
The Briton was "delighted" to be able to offer "a solid international season" in which athletes can "win cash prizes" and also "assess" their physical condition ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics, although This will not be "easy for everyone".
"Inevitably, international travel restrictions will affect the ability of some athletes to attend some meetings, but we hope that there will be a wide range of meetings available so that the majority of the elite athletes enter some competition before the end of the year, ”said the double Olympic champion.
CALENDAR OF THE 2020 SEASON OF INTERNATIONAL ATHLETICS
11: Turku (Continental Tour Gold).
14: Monaco (Wanda Diamond League).
16: Gateshead (Wanda Diamond Leage).
20: Szekesfehervar (Continental Tour Gold).
23: Stockholm (Wanda Diamond League).
2: Lausanne (Wanda Diamond League).
4: Brussels (Wanda Diamond League).
6: Paris (Wanda Diamond League). Confirmation pendient.
6: Silesia (Continental Tour Gold).
8: Ostrava (Continental Tour Gold).
15: Zagreb (Continental Tour Gold).
17: Naples (Wanda Diamond League).
19: Shanghai (Wanda Diamond League).
26: Nairobi (Continental Tour Gold).
4: Eugene (Wanda Diamond League).
9: Doha (Wanda Diamond League).
17: World Half Marathon.
17: China (Wanda Diamond League).