The 100m, long jump and high jump, followed by pole vault, the 200m and 400m are the top three most popular disciplines in the Diamond League according to the latest research carried out.
Popularity of athletes, head-to-head competitions and excitement of the individual competition were cited as reasons for the choice of the most popular events in the largest consumer survey into the disciplines hosted in the IAAF Diamond League.
Representative online research carried out in China, France, South Africa and the USA; post event surveys in Belgium, Great Britain and Switzerland and click-throughs on Diamond League social media videos during 2019 helped guide the Diamond League General Assembly, made up of all Meeting Directors, to decide which disciplines will be part of 2020 season.
As a result of the research, and the decision taken earlier in the year that only 24 disciplines (12 male / 12 female) will form the core disciplines at all meetings, eight disciplines (4 male and 4 female) will not be contested during the 2020 Diamond League season.
These disciplines are the discus throw, triple jump and 3000m steeplechase –three events that currently sit towards the bottom of the research conducted– and the 200m which DL organisers felt would be too congested alongside the 100m, particularly in an Olympic Games’ year.
Following a detailed review of the schedule for the 90-minute broadcast window of the Diamond League both the 200m and the 3000m steeplechase will be included in 10 meetings (5 male and 5 female) in the 2020 Diamond League season, including Oslo, Rome, and Doha, Khusoko understands.
Two meetings will also feature discus and triple jump (1 female and 1 male). However, none of the four disciplines will feature in the Diamond League Final in 2020.
“Our objective is to create a faster-paced, more exciting global league that will be the showcase for our sport. A league that broadcasters want to show and fans want to watch.
However, we understand the disappointment of those athletes in the disciplines not part of the 2020 Diamond League season,” said IAAF Diamond League Chairman, Sebastian Coe.
“We want to thank the 10 Diamond League meetings which have found a way to include the 200m or the 3000m steeplechase (male and female) during the 2020 season and the four meetings hosting a discus throw competition or a triple jump competition,” he added.
“The Continental Tour, an enhanced global series of one day meetings supporting the Diamond League, will integrate these eight disciplines to ensure athletes get opportunities to compete extensively and earn prize money.
We will also work more closely with the athletes in these eight disciplines to help promote them and their events,” added Coe.
The highest scoring athlete in each of the eight disciplines named above will also win a wild card into the World Championships.
All disciplines will be reviewed at the end of the 2020 Diamond Leagues season and decisions on the 24 disciplines for 2021 agreed.
The full list of events in each Diamond League meeting will be released later, Khusoko has learnt.
All meetings also have the opportunity to feature additional disciplines outside the 90-minute international broadcast window to cater to their domestic fans and athletics, which will be carried by domestic broadcasters.
“All meetings, including the final in Zurich, are also looking at innovation around disciplines that can be taken into city centres to attract new fans to the sport,” said a statement from DL.
Details of the Continental Tour will be released later this month.
Diamond League Disciplines 2020 (12 male and 12 female)
• 100m/110m hurdles
• 400m hurdles
• Long Jump
• High Jump
• Pole Vault
• Shot Put