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Cancelled Anniversary plans to cause financial headache

Major blow: This was
the scene at last
year’s Anniversary
Games in London

THE Anniversary Games has been cancelled as the Diamond League announced a new provisional calendar for 2020.

The cancellation of the event, London’s Diamond League meeting which had been scheduled for July 4 and 5, will be a huge financial blow to UK Athletics.

UKA chief executive Joanna Coates admitted: ‘Cancelling the event will have a significant financial impact on UKA and the wider sport.

‘There will be a substantial reduction in income from the cancellation and this will have an impact moving forwards.’

The UK’s second Diamond League event of the season, in Gateshead on August 16, is currently still on. Monaco and Stockholm are also pencilled in for the same month.

Lausanne will follow on September 2, with Brussels two days later and then meets in Paris, Rome/Naples and Shanghai. The following month there will be events in Eugene and Doha, plus another in China on October 17 with a venue to be confirmed.

With a truncated calendar, the Diamond League will not have a final this year.

‘This provisional calendar will see a number of Diamond League meetings go ahead as one-off, exhibition events, while others will be staged as adapted Diamond League meetings,’ said a statement.

While the Bislett Games on June 11 will not go ahead, Oslo will instead host ‘the Impossible Games’ featuring a 300metres world-record attempt from Norwegian Karsten Warholm while pole-vaulter Renaud Lavillenie will compete against arch-rival Armand Duplantis from his home in France.

■ THE cancellation of the Anniversary Games means West Ham should be free to use the London Stadium if needed. They had previously expressed concerns about a possible clash if league games had to be played this summer. no-go games