Athletics

Diamond League postpones June meetings

IAAF Diamond League (File)
IAAF Diamond League (File)

The organisers of athletics' Diamond League on Thursday postponed meetings in the US city of Eugene and in Paris in June as the season is pushed further back by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Eugene meeting had been due to take place on 7 June with Paris on 13 June.

"As with previous suspensions, this decision was reached in close consultation with all relevant parties and based on concerns over athlete safety as well as widespread travel restrictions which make it impossible to stage the competitions as planned," the organisers said in a statement.

But the Bislett Games in Oslo, one of the longest-standing meetings on the international calendar, will take place on 11 June, albeit in a different format from the Diamond League meeting originally planned on that date.

The event will be "an alternative athletics competition under Norwegian coronavirus regulations", organisers said.

The Diamond League said new dates for the suspended events "will be announced... as soon as the extraordinary global situation makes a reliable plan possible".

The next Diamond League meeting remaining on the calendar is London on 4 July.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 10235 votes
Cricket
11% - 2759 votes
Football
19% - 4623 votes
Athletics
2% - 605 votes
Boxing
1% - 230 votes
Cycling
2% - 561 votes
Golf
5% - 1220 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2037 votes
Tennis
3% - 823 votes
Water sports
1% - 218 votes
American sports
1% - 301 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 787 votes
Vote