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IAAF Diamond League 2020 to have 14 meetings and 1 final

Diamond League

Bengaluru, October 22: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League calendar for 2020 season will have 14 meetings and 1 final.

As has been the tradition for a while, Qatar's capital city of Doha will continue to stage the season opener with the series culminating in Belgian city of Brussels.

The final will be held at Swiss city of Zurich as per the agreement reached at the IAAF General Assembly.

Gateshead will replace Birmingham as a venue, as Birmingham's stadium is being redeveloped for the 2022 Commonwealth Games so is not available to host the IAAF Diamond League, and there will be a second Diamond League meeting in China.

The General Assembly also reviewed the recently announced partnership with Wanda Sports Group and approved the partnership.

A discussion was held on the disciplines to be included in the 90-minute international broadcast window with a review of the fan, athlete and broadcast research.

Further work is being undertaken on whether each meeting is able to host 11 or 12 Diamond League disciplines in the set time frame and which events each meeting will host outside the 90-minute broadcast window. A final decision on the disciplines will be made at the beginning of November 2019.

The IAAF will also launch a second international series of one-day meetings in 2020 (entitled the World Athletics Continental Tour), which will provide world-class competition, top flight world ranking points and earning opportunities for many more athletes, with a focus on those disciplines not featuring regularly in the Diamond League, and which will be broadcast around the world.

The world rankings system will be structured so that athletes in every discipline will earn the same level of points at their highest available one-day meeting series, whether that is in the Diamond League or the new Tour.

IAAF Diamond League Board chairman and IAAF chief Sebastian Coe, said: "The Diamond League is our shop window and we want to attract new fans with a fast, action-packed format that is commercially attractive to broadcasters and partners. That approach has already been endorsed by our new title sponsor Wanda.

"I'm delighted that the Diamond League meetings have chosen to actively support the creation of the World Athletics Continental Tour as this will enable us to maintain strong international competition opportunities for all our world class athletes as they come through their continental structures," Coe added.

IAAF Diamond League 2020 calendar

April 17: Doha

May 10: China (Venue to be decided)

May 16: Shanghai

May 24: Stockholm

May 28: Rome

May 31: Rabat

June 7: Eugene

June 11: Oslo

June 13: Paris

July 4: London

July 10: Monaco

August 16: Gateshead

August 20: Lausanne

Sept 4: Brussels

Sept 11: Zurich (Final)

(Source: IAAF Media)

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Story first published: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 12:09 [IST]
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