World Athletics has increased the number of Indoor championships next year to enhanced competition opportunities.
This will introduce three tiers of competition that is Gold, Silver and Bronze with 26 meetings spread across 12 countries in Europe and North America.
The expanded tour will broaden the geographical spread of meetings around the world and incorporate additional Area level competitions.
Heading into its sixth season, the World Athletics Indoor Tour will feature six Gold level meetings in 2021, kicking off in Karlsruhe on 29 January and culminating in Madrid on 24 February. New York’s Millrose Games, one of the oldest and most prestigious indoor meetings in the world, has been added to the circuit for next year.
Each athlete’s best three results will count towards their overall point score. The athlete with the most points in each scoring discipline at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will be awarded a USD$10,000 bonus along with a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22.
The prize money allocation has been restructured to allow World Athletics to give more funds directly to the individual meetings, which will assist them to remain financial, viable in these challenging times, and to maintain or increase the prize money on offer to athletes.
Each Gold meeting will offer at least USD$7000 in prize money for each individual event on the programme, including USD$3000 to the winner.
Silver meetings in the expanded tour will award at least USD$30,000 (at least $4000 per discipline and respecting gender equality) and Bronze meetings will offer at least USD$12,000 (at least $2500 per discipline and respecting gender equality).
Calendar – World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold
29 Jan – Karlsruhe, Germany
6 Feb – Boston, USA
9 Feb – Lievin, France
13 Feb – New York City, USA
17 Feb – Torun, Poland
24 Feb – Madrid, Spain