The International Association of Athletics Federation has announced a 2016 World Indoor Tour that consists of four meets.
The tour will consist of different indoor championship disciplines as tour events each year across a two-year period. In 2016, the 60-meter dash, 800-meter run, 3,000-meter/5,000-meter run, shot put, pole vault and triple jump will be contested by the men. The women will contest the 60-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash, 1,500-meter run, high jump and long jump. Men and women will switch events in 2017.
A points system is in place to reward the top four finishers in each respective event. A first place finish is awarded 10 points. Second place gets seven points. Third place garners five points. Fourth place takes three points.
Any scores from 300-meter and 500-meter races will count toward the scoring of the 400-meter dash. The 600-meter and 1,000-meter race results will count towards the 800-meter run. Mile and 2,000-meter points will be added to the 1,500-meter standings. Any two-mile points earned will count toward the 3,000-meter/5,000-meter crown. Race organizers can have several distances at their meet, but only some will be noted as scoring events.
If there is a tie in placing, the points will not be divided between the tying athletes. Each respective tying athlete will receive the full amount of points corresponding to the place.
Winners of the world tour will take take home $20,000 in prize money and will automatically qualify for the next edition of the IAAF World Indoor Championships as a wild card. They will be eligible to compete at the upcoming 2016 world indoor championship in Portland, Ore. in March.
At each meet, an athlete that wins a scored event for the series will win $3,000. Second place earns $1,500, and third finishes with $1,000. Fourth, fifth and sixth place are awarded $750, $500 and $300 respectively. In races longer than 600 meters, the seventh and eighth place finishers will take home $200 and $150. In the case of a tie for the same placing prize money will be evenly split between the athletes in the position.
Any athlete that violates IAAF rules will not receive any award.
Below is the schedule for this inaugural IAAF World Tour:
Feb. 6 – Indoor Meeting - Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, Germany)
Feb. 14 – New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (Boston, USA)
Feb. 17 – XL - Galan (Stockholm, Sweden)
Feb. 20 – Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix (Glasgow, Great Britain)
- Christopher Chavez