Kipruto of Kenya criticizes the changes of the Diamond League
ELDORET (Kenya): 3,000-meter Olympic obstacle champion from Kenya Conseslus Kipruto has criticized the cut of the League of diamonds program next year and told Reuters it will affect the preparations of the athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics .
The steeplechase, triple jump, 200 meters and discus have been cut from the League of diamonds 's core programme in an effort to create a faster-paced and more exciting event.
The 24-year-old Kipruto, who successfully defended his world title in Doha in October, said the League of diamonds meetings gave athletes the opportunity to gauge themselves against the competition, especially heading into major championships.
They (the changes) will affect us in preparation for the Olympic Games, he told Reuters in a statement. Kenya Athletics conference in the northwestern city of Eldoret.
That's where we always collect our tactics. For example, who is fit, who is not fit ... so that we can see, we can also be well prepared.
Other athletes have also criticised the move to cut down on League of diamonds events, including triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards and the Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake.
Kipruto is unhappy that the men's steeplechase will only appear at five League of diamonds meetings and not in the final.
I am worried about the future of the obstacle course, he said.
"We gauge ourselves against other runners at these League of diamonds meetings, and it is not good that we shall be watching others at the final."
Kipruto said he started training for next year with two big goals in mind: defending the Olympic title he won in 2016 in Rio and breaking the 7: 53.63 world record set by the Qatari born in Kenya Saif Saaeed Shaheen 15 years ago.
Next year, it's an Olympic year, so I want to defend my title when it comes to Tokyo, he said. Another thing I want is to run the fastest race in history.
Kipruto plans to enter next year running in cross-country winter competitions in Europe before preparing for the track.
That's what I'm preparing for right now. That always prepares us for resistance, he said.
Looking ahead, Kipruto wants to participate in road races.
I see it in my future, in my dreams, I want to make long distances, even to marathon, he said.