Athletics finding creative solutions in challenging times

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World Athletics

Hot on the heels of the men’s and women’s Ultimate Garden Clash pole vault events, there will be several other creative contests for athletes and fans to look forward to in the coming weeks.

Oslo’s Impossible Games recently announced several world champions will line up for the innovative events on their programme, including a 2000m race between Team Ingebrigtsen in Oslo and Team Cheruiyot in Nairobi.

Ostrava’s Golden Spike meeting, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour, have also adapted their events and fields accordingly, ensuring a host of world-class stars will be able to compete at the meeting on the rescheduled date of 8 September. Several other meetings will be staged across the Czech Republic, starting from June, with many of the country’s top stars already signed up to compete.

Athletes and member federations are also reminded that the deadline for applications for the athlete welfare fund is Sunday 31 May.

World Athletics Welfare Fund for athletes

Professional athletes who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to register for a one-off welfare grant from today until May 31.

Earlier this month World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) announced that a US$ 500,000 welfare fund had been created to support professional athletes who have lost a substantial part of their income due to the suspension of international competition this year.

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