Diamond League trophies. (PHOTO: World Athletics).
Athletics governing body World Athletics has postponed three more Diamond League meetings, which had been scheduled to take place in May.
World Athletics said an alternative calendar for the 2020 season is to be announced in due course.
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 May 24), Naples/Rome (May 28) and Rabat (May 31).
The decision was made in close consultation with all the relevant parties. The dynamic global spread of the coronavirus (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.
A release issued stated that "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 release further stated that "new dates for the 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."
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