Kyle Greaux

T&T TRACK STAR: Kyle Greaux competes in the opening round of the men’s 200 metres event at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in September. In the final, Greaux finished eighth. —Photo: Getty Images for IAAF

Kyle Greaux made a big breakthrough in 2019, getting to the final of the men’s 200 metres event at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Greaux’s impressive showing at Doha 2019 was expected to translate into regular appearances on the 2020 Diamond League circuit. The IAAF, however, decided to cut four disciplines from the 2020 Diamond League Final in Zurich, Switzerland, and though the 200m is ranked fifth of 16 disciplines in popularity, the half-lap race got the axe, together with discus, triple jump and 3,000m steeplechase.

Greaux told the Express that while he is disappointed his pet event is not on the Diamond League Final programme, he remains firmly focused on his main 2020 goal.

“The exclusion of the 200 would not affect my Olympic preparations. I still plan on racing the same number of races I did before these changes.”

The 200m, discus, triple jump and 3,000m steeplechase will be contested at different points during the Diamond League’s 14-meet regular season.

“While there are still 200-metres races at various Diamond league meets,” said Greaux, “these are not Diamond races so there would be no prize purse at the end for 200-metre guys. In the grand scheme of things, the decision to cut the 200 would affect my ability to earn income.

“It’s disappointing to see the 200 metres being excluded from the 2020 Diamond League season. The 200 remains one of the more exciting events. I’m not certain what else could have been done. Excluding any event is a loss for spectators and athletes. At the end of the day someone would have suffered a loss.”

The Athletics Association, an organisation formed by two-time Olympic men’s triple jump champion and quadruple IAAF World Championship gold medallist Christian Taylor of the United States, was recently launched. The goal is to give athletes a greater voice.

“I do plan on joining,” said Greaux. “It would be good to band together for a united front. It’s hard to say whether or not any change would come of the protesting. My guess is that there’d be less sightings of some of track and field’s biggest names.”

Greaux is targeting a podium finish at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. The Trinidad and Tobago track star’s Road to Tokyo training programme started two weeks ago.

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