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22 July 2020, 11am

World’s oldest athletics meeting will take place with 10% of normal spectator numbers

ISTAF to go ahead in Berlin

by Jörg Wenig

Organisers have got the green light for ISTAF 2020 – the oldest athletics meeting in the world – to take place as planned in Berlin on Sunday 13 September.

It will be one of the first sports events where spectators will be present despite social distancing measures being in force because of the Coronavirus. Thanks to a detailed shielding and hygiene concept, the ISTAF organisers plan to have around 3500 fans in Berlin’s Olympic stadium.

The meeting director Martin Seeber explained: “Our aim is that ISTAF can set down a marker for the sport and be a beacon for athletics. Together with our partners we want to show that even in these difficult times we are there for the fans and athletes. Certainly it will be different with 3500 instead of the usual 45,000 spectators. But perhaps it can be a first small step back towards normality.”

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