Nanjing wildcards up for grabs at 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour

Prize bonuses of US$20,000 and wildcard entries for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020 will be on offer for the winners of the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour, which begins next month.

The fifth edition of the indoor tour will kick off in Boston (USA) on 25 January, with stops in Karlsruhe (Germany) on 31 January, Dusseldorf (Germany) on 4 February, Torun (Poland) on 8 February, Glasgow (UK) on 15 February, before taking in the newest addition to the circuit, Lievin (France) on 19 February. The final meeting on the World Athletics Indoor Tour will be held in Madrid (Spain) on 21 February.

The tour will feature 11 point-scoring disciplines (those that were not part of this year’s tour programme), six for men – 60m, 800m, 3000m/5000m, pole vault, triple jump and shot put – and five for women  – 400m, 1500m, 60m hurdles, high jump, long jump. The distribution of the events between the seven meetings has been published today.

The tour winners will also be eligible for wildcard entry to the World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020, subject to the approval of their national federation.

“The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Tour will be the first one-day meeting series to be held under our new banner and will kick off an exciting and ground-breaking year for track and field,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe. “We will take the World Indoor Championships to China for the first time, and launch the Continental Tour which will create new opportunities for our athletes to compete internationally on the way to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The indoor tour continues to gain in popularity. Some of next year’s events are already sold out and we will welcome Lievin into the fold as a new meeting host. After the stunning performances we witnessed at the World Championships in Doha just two months ago – many from athletes just starting out on their professional careers – it will be fascinating to see how those emerging stars are progressing in the Olympic year.”

The individual discipline winners of the 2019 World Indoor Tour included the likes of triple jumper Yulimar Rojas and pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova, both of whom went on to win world titles in Doha later in the year. Many other medallists from Doha, including world champions Donavan Brazier, Sam Kendricks and Tajay Gayle, appeared on the 2019 World Indoor Tour.