As the global community begins to climb out of the pandemic, very slowly at first, there is positive talk about easing social distancing rules and talk of new dates for races and meets that have been cancelled, postponed or new ones have popped up in a makeshift manner.

From Inside the Games, the Czech Athletics Federation has planned mini meets:

The Czech Athletics Federation has planned a series of six “mini-meetings” which will launch in June.

The events, entitled the “Back on Track” project, have been organised after the Czech Government announced they would ease lockdown restrictions put in place to contain the spread of coronavirus.

This will see 100 stadiums open up across the country to athletes from June 1, while public gatherings of up to 50 people will be allowed from May 25.

Within these limits, the Czech Athletics Federation has planned the “mini-meetings”, with the first set for Sletiste Stadium in Kladno on June 1.

Competition will be broadcast live by the Czech national broadcaster CT.

The programme is expected to include women’s javelin, men’s shot put and men’s 300 metre events, with Czech stars Barbora Špotáková, Tomáš Staněk and Pavel Maslák already confirming their attendance.

“I’m really looking forward to the first competition, even if it is in a limited mode,” said Špotáková, a two-time Olympic and three-time world champion in javelin.

“I’m glad we will be together with many other athletes throughout the Czech Republic at the start of the season, although more or less symbolically, from a distance.”

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