On Saturday, the dates for the new Gold-level Continental Tour will be announced in 2020, a series of 10 of the best one-day meetings of the non-Diamond League that featured the 200 m and 3,000 m rainfall (almost excluded from the Diamant League). Yet, instead of showing enthusiasm for the new series, many fans and athletes pointed out that the 5000 m is no longer a key competition in the Diamond League, nor is it on the Continental Tour.
One criticizer is Scottish rider Eilish McColgan, who broken her mother’s former 10,000-mile record last month, former Liz McColgan-Nuttall’s world champion. As she said, it means that athletes have very few chances to qualify, earn world ranking points or earn a 5 K distance prize which remains a World and Olympic Championship event. (Not the 10,000 m range will be provided by the series)
Many tweets said what the point was all about at the biggest championships. Many others reflected her view, naming 5 K and 10 K for recreational athletes who love to watch the pros compete in them the most popular distances of the world. The explosion in popularity of the Parkrun worldwide event which offers runners a chance to have a timed 5 K in a park setting every Saturday morning attracting 230,000 runners at events in 22 countries was highlighted by a commentator. (Now alone in Canada there are 37 locations.)
McColgan said it was cool to go to school and talk about my time of 5 K, as people understand it. You should equate this to your own time and other professional athletes! In the 5,000 m final at the September World Championships, McColgan was ranked 10th.
American high jumper Christian Taylor has also spoken out in the Diamond League regarding events. The Committee of European Athletics Athletes on November 20, motivated by the leadership of its members, sent a letter of concern to the World Commission of Athletics Athletes Chaired by Iñaki Gomez.