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Athletes react to Diamond League decision to axe track events

Fans and athletes took to Twitter to voice their disapproval of the latest cuts to Diamond League meets

The IAAF’s decision to cut the 5,000m, 200m and 3,000m steeplechase along with the discus and triple jump from most Diamond League meets has elicited dismay and disapproval from athletes and fans, who took to Twitter to express their disapproval. Athletics Kenya posted a series of tweets commenting on the decision, and steeplechase world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech commented that the decision will “kill careers.” 

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The IAAF said the decision was based on having to narrow down the number of events to fit into a 90-minute broadcast window, and wanting to show fans the most popular events. And that though the 200m is one of the more popular events, it would make the schedule too “congested” to have it along with the 100m, which is the most popular event with fans.

The steeplechase will still be run at the Diamond League meets in Rome, Oslo and Doha but will not be broadcast. The meets will now include a 3,000m flat event. Earlier this year, the Diamond League announced it was cutting the 5,000m, and the 10,000m will only be run at the meet in Eugene, Oregon.

Here’s a selection of reactions to the decision.

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