Coronavirus: Diamond League revamp calendar after London event cancelled

The Diamond League announced a revamped calendar of athletics meetings after the London event on July 4-5 was cancelled on Tuesday. Photo by S Bardens - British Athletics/British Athletics via Getty Images

The Diamond League announced a revamped calendar of athletics meetings after the London event on July 4-5 was cancelled on Tuesday due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the first event now provisionally set for Monaco in August.

The League said in a statement that "several events will be rescheduled, others cancelled as organisers continue to adapt the season in the face of the coronavirus crisis."

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Meetings have been cancelled in London, Rabat and Zurich -- which was originally scheduled to host the season finale in September -- while world sport as a whole has seen countless events scrapped and seasons cut short due to the global pandemic.

"We are hugely disappointed to confirm the cancellation of one of the flagship events of the global athletics calendar, but we must place the safety of the entire athletics family at the forefront of every decision we make during these unprecedented times and ensure we are following Government advice," UK CEO Joanna Coates said in a statement.

"Cancelling the event will have a significant financial impact on UKA and the wider sport. The revenue we generate from events - through ticketing, broadcast and sponsorship helps administer the sport and provide the essential governance services that we, as an NGB, oversee."

The League said that three athletics meetings would now be held in August: in Monaco (14), Gateshead in England (16), and Stockholm (23).

Those would be followed by September meetings in Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Shanghai and possibly Rome or Naples, and in October by meetings in Eugene in the United States, Doha and an unspecified Chinese venue.

The League added that the entire calendar remains provisional and each meeting organiser would review and announce the format of their competition and which disciplines will be included two months before the event takes place.

"This two-month window will also help to give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition," it said.

"Some meeting organisers might choose to stage their events in innovative, alternative formats and/or under social distancing regulations."

The League is usually a series of events leading to a final, but that would not be the case this season and athletes would not earn points.