Professional athletes who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic can start their application for a one-off welfare grant from 15-31 May 2020.

Two weeks ago World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation (IAF) announced that a US $500,000 welfare fund had been created to support professional athletes who have lost a substantial part of their income due to the suspension of international competition this year.

A working group was formed to oversee the distribution of the funds and it has now finalized the eligibility criteria and application process.

“We know this is a stressful situation for many athletes and we are trying to provide meaningful assistance to as many as possible as quickly as possible so they can continue to train for the competition season we have now scheduled for August to October, and for next year’s Olympics,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.

One of the criteria to apply is that the athlete must have the Olympic entry standard.


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