To: – IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
Subject:-Regarding the exclusion of 5000M discipline from 2020 IAAF Diamond League
Greetings from Ethiopian Athletics Federation, Dear Mr. President – Ethiopian Athletics Federation appreciate your effort to improve the quality of athletics. However our federation has a great concern about the decision made by the IAAF council in the near past in Doha – Qatar.
I am writing concerning the recent decision passed by the IAAF Council approving the 2020 IAAF Diamond League to include 24 disciplines (12 male and 12 female) that will run across the 12 meetings and the final, with the longest discipline being the 3000m.
The news regarding the decision passed is a great shock to our federation as it didn’t consider the opinion of member federations, in your recent press release March 11, 2019 you stated that the decision was made after a year-long review, which included detailed research and discussions with athletes, coaches, fans and broadcasters, and the idea was to bring together the very best one day meetings in a high quality annual international circuit giving athletes a compelling and rewarding reason to compete; But there is no record that shows a platform was provided for long distance athletes particularly from East Africa to have a say in these matter.
The federation also noted that 10,000m. was canceled and now 5000m which is not fair to countries like ours who are very competitive in long distance running, and these distances are our cultural sports and also are our identity. Not having these races on diamond leagues means we had dealt with many obstacles in finding competitions for our 10,000M athletes to run for minima on major events like the IAAF world championships and Olympics, more over it is a big threat to the athletics development.
The federation calls for reconsidering the decision again and to give serious attention to IAAF again to reconsider the council’s decision in cancelling 5000m from the diamond league as we totally disagree with the decisions made for the 2020 IAAF Diamond League. It was our expectation that even 10,000 m also re-flourish again in its earlier glory. We are looking forward for your quick response on this matter.
Interim president of EAF
Cc. Confederation of African Athletics (CAA)
East African Athletics Region (EAAR)