IAAF confirms revolution in Diamond League structure from 2020
March 12, 2019 | 10:12 PM
by Times News Service
The IAAF Diamond League is the way millions of sports fans engage with athletics on a top level every year.

Doha: As the IAAF Diamond League heads into its 10th year, the IAAF Diamond League Board and Meeting Directors, together with the IAAF have been reviewing the future of the Diamond League from 2020 onwards.

On Monday, the IAAF Council approved the core principles set out and agreed by the Diamond League Board and meeting directors at their General Assembly two weeks ago. The goal of the year-long review, which included detailed research and discussions with athletes, coaches, fans and broadcasters, was to bring together the very best one day meetings in a high quality annual international circuit which gives athletes a compelling and rewarding reason to compete; a more consistent, action packed format for broadcasters and provides fans with a persuasive reason to come back to the sport week in and week out to follow the star athletes as they gain points to qualify for an exciting end of season final.

“The IAAF Diamond League is the way millions of sports fans engage with athletics on a top level every year. It is a strong circuit that is celebrating its 10th year but we can make it even stronger and more relevant to the world our athletes and our fans live in today,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

The 2020 IAAF Diamond League will include the very best 12 meetings, based on the criteria developed in 2018, leading to a single final at the end of the season. An agreed 24 disciplines (12 male and 12 female) will run across the 12 meetings and the final, with the longest discipline being the 3,000m. Each meeting will be broadcast globally in a faster-paced 90-minute television event which will link the events and the athletes’ points so fans can more readily follow the road to a single final at the end of the season.

“Change is never easy but should, wherever possible, be done from a position of strength which is what we have done,” stated the IAAF President. “I want to thank the Working Group, jointly chaired by Jon Ridgeon and Christoph Joho, the Diamond League Board and all the meeting directors for the work they have put in over the last year to take stock of all that we have achieved over the last 10 years and share new innovate ideas to evolve this elite circuit of quality events that attract the best athletes which in turn gives our fans a compelling reason to tune in and follow their stars over the next decade and beyond.”

2019 is the 10th Diamond League season and it is stronger than ever: - There are 14 invitational meetings across Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and USA; - It is athletics’ top annual global competition - 789 athletes from 83 countries took part last year, with 34 countries producing winners during the 14-meeting series. - It was broadcast to 360 million fans in over 172 territories worldwide in 2018 - There's US$ 8 million in prize money for the athletes In 2019 further refinement of the disciplines, the meetings, the points structure and the single final will be agreed. IAAF Diamond League 2020 A circuit of the very best one day meetings across the same core disciplines for both men and women, where the top global athletes compete head to head for points that qualify them for a place in the season final. The winners of the IAAF Diamond League final are given automatic qualification to the World Championships.

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