The Wanda Diamond League has announced the postponement of three more of its meetings scheduled to take place in May.
According to a statement on the website of the World Athletics on Friday, an alternative calendar for the 2020 season would 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 COVID-19, 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 statement read.
It added 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.
”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.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Wanda Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions comprising 15 of the best invitational athletics meetings.
The series sit in the top tier of the World Athletics (formerly known as the IAAF) one-day meeting competitions.