World Athletics Continental Tour to launch in 2020
World Athletics has today announced details of the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour, a series of the world's best one-day meetings outside the Diamond League.
Comprising meetings from around the world, the Continental Tour will be divided into three levels – Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money on offer.
World Athletics is investing in the Gold level meetings to increase the number of high quality competitive opportunities available to showcase our sport's best athletes.
Area associations will be responsible for managing the Silver and Bronze level competitions, which will number up to 100 meetings across the globe.
In 2020, the pilot year of the tour, ten cities will host Gold level series meetings, offering a total of $US2 million in prize money. The series will begin on 10 May in Tokyo in the same stadium that will host athletics competition at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games just 12 weeks later. The tenth meeting for 2020 has yet to be confirmed.
The Gold level meetings
The 2020 Continental Tour Gold events will take place across Asia, Europe and North America, and will include some of the sport's most venerable meetings, which honour some of athletics’ greatest legends.
They include the Fanny Blankers Koen Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, the Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, and the Skolimowska Memorial in Silesia, Poland. Other renowned meetings on the Tour include the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the Hanzekovic Memorial in the Croatian capital Zagreb and the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston, made famous by world 100m and 200m record holder Usain Bolt.
2020 World Athletics Continental Tour Gold level calendar
10 May - Tokyo, JPN
13 May - Nanjing, CHN
22 May - Ostrava, CZE
01 Jun - Hengelo, NED
09 Jun - Turku, FIN
13 Jun - Kingston, JAM
07 Jul - Szekesfehervar, HUN
06 Sep - Silesia, POL
15 Sep - Zagreb, CRO