'Madness': Star athletes erupt after 'stupid move' causes backlash

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Jamaican sprint champion Yohan Blake claimed the IAAF president Sebastian Coe is “killing” athletics after more changes to Diamond League events.

The president recently announced cuts to the Diamond League, which included the 200 metres, 3,000m and steeplechase, discus and triple jump removed from the schedule.

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This was in a bid to meet a 90-minute broadcast window.

However, 100m world champion and 200m Olympic silver medallist Blake has savaged the decision and labelled Coe’s moves as “killing” the sport.

100m world champ Yohan Blake has slammed the changes to the Diamond League. (Getty Images)

"If [Coe] can take away the 200 and triple jump, I don't know if he is trying to build or trying to kill athletics,” Blake said.

"But that's a stupid move he is making. He must enhance the sport, but he is killing it. It is just madness.

"This is people's careers and where they make money… You cannot do that. Everybody is hating him. We have to take a stand."

Blake joins fellow athletes in slamming the decision to cut certain events.

Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith voiced her support for a new athletes’ union after her top event was cut from the Diamond League.

Founder of The Athletics Associated - two-time Olympic triple jump champ Christian Taylor - originally hit out at the Diamond League changes.