The Wanda Diamond League announced on Friday some further alterations to its provisional 2020 calendar, with the cancellation of two meetings and a further event pushed back until September.
The Meeting de Paris, provisionally scheduled for September 6, will not take place this season. Following the latest government announcements on the organisation of major
events in France, meeting organisers concluded that there is not enough time to organise a world-class international even
t in the French capital this year.
Paris’s well-loved Wanda Diamond League meeting will return in August 2021, at a time when it is able to once again mobilise volunteers and welcome international stars.
In Eugene, the 2020 Prefontaine Classic has also been cancelled. The state of Oregon currently has a ban on large gatherings – including sporting events – and that restriction will be in place until at least the end of September. The ban, combined with the expected long term restrictions on international travel, make it impossible to host a world class track & field meet in front of the Hayward Field faithful on October 4.
The Prefontaine Classic is to return in 2021 and provide the opportunity for the University of Oregon to properly introduce the new Hayward Field to track & field fans around the world.
Discussions are still ongoing in relation to the Muller Grand Prix Gateshead which is no longer scheduled for August 16. September 12 has been identified as a possible alternative date, however final confirmation cannot be given at this time due to UK Government guidelines and restrictions.
The 2020 Wanda Diamond League will not be a structured series of events leading to a final as is usually the case. Athletes will therefore not earn Diamond League points this season, and there will not be a single, 24-discipline final in Zurich as originally planned.
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