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Next year’s Doha Diamond League on April 17

A final decision on the list of disciplines will be made early next month; China gets second meeting.
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Kenya’s Elijah Manango wins the men’s 1500M at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha on May 3, 2019. File photo: IAAF

World Athletics (formerly IAAF) Diamond League General Assembly on Monday agreed on 14 meetings and one final for the 2020 season, which includes all current meetings, except one venue change, and an additional one in China.

Since the stadium in Birmingham is being redeveloped for the 2022 Commonwealth Games it is not available to host the Diamond League meeting. Instead Gateshead will be the new venue, second in England apart from London.

Sebastian Coe, President, World Athletics, Is Delighted With The Creation Of A New Competition Series Named Continental Tour
Sebastian Coe, President, World Athletics, is delighted with the creation of a new competition series named Continental Tour. IQ File Photo: Vinod Divakaran

2020 DIAMOND LEAGUE SCHEDULE

Doha17 April
China*10 May
Shanghai16 May
Stockholm24 May
Rome28 May
Rabat31 May
Eugene7 June
Oslo11 June
Paris13 June
London4 July
Monaco10 July
Gateshead16 August
Lausanne20 August
Brussels4 September
Zurich11 September
*Venue to be confirmed

The meeting also decided to allot a second Diamond League meeting to China, where Shanghai currently hosts one. The second venue in China is yet to be announced.

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

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.

It was also decided to have more deliberations on whether each meeting is able to host 11 or 12 disciplines in the set time frame and which events each meeting will host outside the 90-minute broadcast window.

A final decision on the list of disciplines will be made early next month.

World Athletics will also launch a second international series of one-day meetings in 2020. It will be named as the World Athletics Continental Tour and is expected to 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. The Tour will be broadcast live around the world.

The world rankings system will be restructured so that athletes in every discipline will earn the same level of points, be it in the Diamond League or the Continental Tour.

“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,” said Chairman of the Diamond League Board, Sebastian Coe, who is also the President of World Athletics.

“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,” he added.

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Jamaica’s Danielle Williams on her way to winning the women’s 100M hurdles at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Doha on May 3, 2019. File photo: IAAF