The Diamond League, track's most prestigious series of international events, faced an existential crisis even before the pandemic hit, as fan interest around its meets seemed to ebb and flow.
Today, World Athletics, which controls the League, announced sweeping changes to the structure of the league.
Notably, five events that had been cut from League programs earlier this year (the 200m, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m triple jump, and discus) will be reinstated. Cash prizes - which culminate to $7 million US, will also be distributed differently, with $25,000 going to the winner of each Diamond League season race, and $30,000 going to the winner of each world final.
The Diamond League also released the 2021 schedule, which starts in May, and includes 13 meets in 12 countries across the world, as well as a two-day world final in Zurich in early September.
The XC Podcast hosts Alex Cyr and Michael Doyle unpack these changes and more, and ask the question: is this really going to change anything for the fate and popularity of track?
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