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Although marathons have been making the athletics news throughout January, mainly Dubai, Mumbai, and Houston as well as all eyes being on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic news there is an exciting indoor season upon us. This season will lead into outdoor competitions happening this spring and summer as athletes attempt to qualify for the big games as well as the World Indoor Championships in March.
The fifth edition of the annual World Athletics Indoor Tour will take place this weekend at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
The tour will include stops in Karlsruhe, Germany the following week as well as Dusseldorf, Germany on Feb. 4, Torun, Poland Feb. 8 and Glasgow, Scotland on Feb. 15, Lieven, France on the 19th and the final event in Madrid, Spain on Feb. 21.
There will be 11 different events where athletes can gain points to accumulate to become series champions. 60m, 800m 3,000m or 5,000m pole vault, triple jump and shot put for men and the women will participate in the 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump and long jump.
An athlete’s best three performances will give them points towards their final tally, where athletes from the 11 different events can win $20,000 USD.
The World Athletics Indoor Championships that will be taking place in Nanjing, China March 13 to the 15th will be accepting wildcard entries from the tour – the winners at the discretion of their respective national governing bodies will choose to nominate their respective athletes.
Information about the Tour can be found, here>>
Photo credit: Jean-Pierre Durand