Ace Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake has slammed world athletics chief Sebastian Coe for taking away track and field disciplines such as the 200 metres from next year’s Diamond League.
The International Association of Athletics Associations (IAAF) dropped the 200m, 3 000m steeplechase, triple jump and discus from its list of “core” disciplines at Diamond League meetings in 2020.
“I believe all the events are very important. This is people’s careers, this is where they make their money,” Blake said at a promotional event in Mumbai on Monday.
“If he can take away the 200 and triple jump, I don’t know if he is trying to build it or trying to kill athletics but that’s a stupid move. He must enhance the sport, but he is killing it. It is just madness.”
The athletics world body said its decision was based on online research in China, France, South Africa and the United States and post-event surveys in Belgium, Britain and Switzerland.
It said the aim was to reduce the length of the Diamond League meetings to fit a 90-minute international broadcast window.
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