From Inside the Games
Ten cities will be involved in the inaugural 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, details of which were announced here today.
The new competition will replace the World Challenge events as the second tier of competition under the Diamond League, and the four events that have been controversially cut, either partially or completely, from the latter competition for next season will have senior status within the new format.
The four events – triple jump, discus, 200-metres and 3,000m steeplechase – will be part of the core events in the top, or Gold level of the Tour, which will also have Silver and Bronze levels.
Organisers said the four events would feature in “four to five” of the meetings in the pilot year of the Tour, and perhaps one more once the identity of the 10th venue has been settled.
All four events dropped from the Diamond League final, or in some cases, the Diamond League itself will retain a wild card to the Eugene World Athletics Championships for the winners.
The hammer, which has not been in the Diamond League set-up, will come at least partially into the new Tour, and also retain a World Championship wild card.