In Summary
  • The IAAF said in a statement on Wednesday that the steeplechase, along with the 200m, will be held at selected meetings – including Oslo, Rome, and Doha - but outside the 90-minute broadcast window.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Thursday came under sharp criticism after it announced new changes to the 2020 Diamond League calendar.

The IAAF said in a statement on Wednesday that the steeplechase, along with the 200m, will be held at selected meetings – including Oslo, Rome, and Doha - but outside the 90-minute broadcast window.

But the two events will not be part of races culminating in an end-of-year final that earns athletes a tidy sum of money, and removing them from the live broadcast will effectively reduce their appeal.

Olympic and World 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto hit out at the decision saying they not derail them but rather inspire them to perform better.

World 3,000m steeplechase silver medallist Emma Coburn from the United States expressed her disappointment saying cutting events isn’t the solution for exciting television show.

“Sports is about show, drama and emotion. The last few seasons steeple has offered plenty of that,” said Kipruto on his Facebook page where he posted photos and video clips of him winning the World title in Doha and Diamond League final in Zurich without one shoe.

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