Left field

The Reuters global sports blog

New athletics league could be gem for U.S.


ATHLETICS/For years even the most elite American track and field athletes needed to fly to Europe to compete in the big leagues of athletics.

That all changed Monday with the announcement that well-established meetings in New York City and Eugene, Oregon, will become a part of the IAAF Diamond League, a new 12-to-15 meet premier global series to be launched in 2010.

At first glance, that should mean more opportunities for U.S. athletes at home and an improved chance for American spectators to see the world’s best in venues other than on their television set.

Track and field will remain a difficult sell in the U.S., especially in these strained financial times yet, the Diamond League should give the sport new hope at the professional level in America.