Quote Of The Day
“What makes our sport beautiful is its equality: shot putters, sprinters and distance runners are all part of the one family. But it feels more and more like that is changing, as if a hierarchy is coming threatening the livelihoods of those in events considered less popular. … There is a lot of frustration among athletes, including those in events that weren’t taken out. This is the blessing and the curse of the decision to remove the 200m as a scoring event, because now that sprinters are being hit, they’re taking a bigger interest in how their sport is run. Some might have said, ‘oh, it’s the field events, maybe they don’t have the popularity’ or, ‘it’s the distance events, maybe they drag out the time too much,’ but after the 200 was taken out everyone suddenly felt at risk. … Will it be the 400 next? The 400 hurdles? Athletes are now wondering if they’ll be on the chopping block for 2021, if their event doesn’t get enough likes, enough clicks. Ironically, this has actually played in our favor because now we as an association can go to the athletes and say, ‘guys, before it’s you, let’s create a united front.'”
– Christian Taylor talking about forming the Athletics Association and how it probably got a lot more support from athletes because the 200m was one of the Diamond League events to be cut.
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