By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Wanda Diamond League has postponed three (3) more meetings which had been scheduled to take place in May, 2020. An alternative calendar for the 2020 season is to be announced in due course.
This was confirmed on World Athletics website.
“Following the postponement of early-season events in Qatar and China last week, the series has decided to also suspend meetings in Stockholm (scheduled for 24 May), Naples/Rome (28 May) and Rabat (31 May).” The statement read.
“The decision was made in close consultation with all the relevant parties. The dynamic global spread of the COVID-19 disease, the travel restrictions expected to be in force for some time and above all concerns over athlete safety have made it impossible to stage the competitions as planned.”
“The meeting organisers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020. The aim is to ensure that athletes can compete at the highest possible level this year, and that fans will be able to see their favourite stars in action, whenever the global health situation allows.”
The statement concluded by stating that new dates for the events will be announced in due course after appropriate consultation with relevant athletics stakeholders.
“New dates for Wanda Diamond League events will be announced in cooperation with the World Athletics Global Calendar Unit as soon as the extraordinary situation makes a reliable plan possible. We are working intensively with all stakeholders (athletes, managers, broadcasters, sponsors, local authorities and federations) to develop a new calendar for a 2020 Wanda Diamond League season which best serves the interests of athletes and fans.”
From major football leagues, Tokyo 2020 Olympics, African Athletics Championship and now the Wanda Diamond League, CoronaVirus outbreak is disrupting Sports activities across the globe leading to compulsory postponement and halt in sporting activities.
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