Jamaica World Champion silver medallist Fedrick Dacres has praised the recent decision to return the IAAF Diamond League to 32 events, which will see his beloved discus re-added to the competition’s line-up.
In addition to discus, the 200 metres, 3,000m steeplechase, and triple jump were dropped from the series for the 2020 season, which was severely curtailed by the global pandemic. The IAAF had claimed then the 3,000m steeplechase, triple jump and discus had been axed because their popularity with fans was waning. The 200 meters had been skipped due to athletes’ tight schedules in the same year as the Tokyo Olympics, which has been rescheduled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The decision had caused an uproar in some quarters and following some negotiations, it was announced late last week that the events would be re-added to the schedule in a new format Diamond League. Dacres hailed the move as a step in the right direction.
“You can cost a lot of the people work they put in. It would seem like they have done it in vain. I’m not saying the Diamond League is the pinnacle or anything, but it really is a major part of the whole track and field circuit,” Dacres said in a recent TV interview.
“I’m just glad that it is back and discus at that. I just don’t think they need to adjust anything else.”