— Published 15 September 2021

World Athletics is moving forward


World Athletics is innovating. The body chaired by Sebastian Coe has announced that it has moved forward with its international competitions reform by adopting the Continental Tour format for its world circuits in cross-country, combined events and race walking. From next season on, which is due to start in October 2021 for cross-country, the three circuits will be more balanced and universal. For cross-country, there will be stops in North America, Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe. For each of these three circuits, competitions will be classified according to three levels, similar to what already exists for the Continental Tour and the World Tour Indoor: gold, silver and bronze. The overall prize money has also been increased, with more than $400,000 for the best athletes on the tour, including a new prize pool of $75,000 for cross-country. To support the reorganization of the world’s one-day competition calendar, World Athletics announced that it has strengthened its team with two new recruitments. Irishman Pierce O’Callaghan, who was at the European Games in Baku in 2015, has been hired as head of competition management. He was previously a consultant for World Athletics on the Continental Tour and the World Indoor Tour. Italian Luca Verrascina joins World Athletics as Head of Competitions, having previously worked as a Technical Delegate or International Technical Official at numerous World Athletics Series events.