2020 World Athletics Continental Tour
The Nairobi Athletics Meeting, one of the legs of the inaugural 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, will take place on 26 September 2020 in Nairobi, World Athletics (WA) announced. WA has narrowed down the events in the Gold label competition from 11 to just five, according to the revised calendar announced Tuesday.
The Nairobi Athletics Meeting, which was to open the season on 2 May, will now be the last event on the calendar with Gyulai István Memorial, scheduled for 7 July, opening the season on 20 August in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.
The World Athletics, which delayed the race as the world copes to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, will make the announcement in their rescheduled calendar for the last quarter of 2020.
Last year, World Athletics formed the Continental Tour as the second level of international one-day meetings after the Diamond League. The tour will feature mostly events that have been removed from the Diamond League prime time since the inaugural 2020 season. They’re 200 m, 3000 m steeplechase, discus, hammer and triple jump.
The Continental Tour will be divided into three groups – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose rank will be determined by the quality of the competition and the prize money offered.
Of the World Athletics Series events that were scheduled for 2020, only the World Half Marathon Championships will go ahead this year, on 17 October in Gdynia, Poland. The World Indoor Championships will be held in Nanjing, 19-21 March 2021, but the World U-20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, and the World Race Walking Team Championships in Minsk, Belarus are still being rescheduled.
2020 International Competition Calendar:
- 11 Turku – Continental Tour Gold
- 14 Monaco – Wanda Diamond League
- 16 Gateshead – Wanda Diamond League
- 20 Szekesfehervar – Continental Tour Gold
- 23 Stockholm – Wanda Diamond League
- 2 Lausanne – Wanda Diamond League
- 4 Brussels – Wanda Diamond League
- 6 Paris (TBC) – Wanda Diamond League
- 6 Silesia – Continental Tour Gold
- 8 Ostrava – Continental Tour Gold
- 15 Zagreb – Continental Tour Gold
- 17 Rome/Naples – Wanda Diamond League
- 19 Shanghai – Wanda Diamond League
- 26 Nairobi – Continental Tour Gold
- 4 Eugene – Wanda Diamond League
- 9 Doha – Wanda Diamond League
- 17 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships
- 17 China (venue TBA) – Wanda Diamond League
Dates for the Continental Tour Gold meetings in Tokyo and Nanjing are still to be finalised. A number of marathons and road races have also been rescheduled from earlier this year to later in the year which will provide the road running community with a range of competition opportunities.