Diamond League

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. 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.

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.

The product

  • The evaluation criteria introduced in 2018 will be used at the end of the season to assess the quality of each meeting with the aim of focusing the IAAF Diamond League on the very best 12 meetings going forward with one end-of-season final.
  • An agreed 24 disciplines (12 male / 12 female) will form the core disciplines at all 12 meetings with the longest distance being 3000m. A reduction from the 32 disciplines there are now.
  • Develop an enhanced single final event which features all core 24 disciplines (12 male and 12 female)
  • A focus on innovation around out-of-stadium / city centre field events where fans can get closer to the action.
  • Working with our Rights Holding and Host Broadcasters on a faster paced 90-minute television event that will link the 12 events and the athlete’s points so fans can more easily follow the road to a single final at the end of the season.
  • Review the World Rankings process and reformed Global Calendar to support and protect the circuit so that the world’s top athletes have the incentive to compete more regularly which we know our fans want more than anything else.
  • Create a tiered prize money system that provides more reward for athletes and greater clarity on potential earnings across the season.
  • Compensate relegated meetings and integrate them into the Continental Circuit of one-day meetings.
  • A greater focus on digital content for athletes and fans to create an even stronger connection between the two.
  • Ensure the Diamond League captures the very best athletes in exciting head to head clashes

By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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