Jamaica Invitational

The staging of the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting (JIIM), an IAAF World Challenge event, has returned to its original schedule, which is the first Saturday in May.

Over the last two years, the organisers staged the meet on the third Saturday in May, which was to avoid a clash with the Doha Diamond League.

However, in 2019, both events will be held on the same weekend with Doha on Friday.

The IAAF today (Aug 23) announced the schedule for the 2019 IAAF World Challenge Series. It will be the IAAF second-tier series of meetings that will take place in nine cities in nine countries on three continents.

4 May – Jamaica International Invitational, Kingston (National Stadium), JAM
18 May – Grande Premio Brasil de Atletismo, Bragança Paulista (National Training Centre), BRA
19 May – Seiko Golden Grand Prix Osaka, Osaka (Nagai Stadium), JPN
9 Jun – FBK Games, Hengelo (Blankers-Koen Stadion), NED
14 Jun – Paavo Nurmi Games, Turku (Paavo Nurmi), FIN
20 Jun – Ostrava Golden Spike, Ostrava (Mestský Stadion), CZE
7 Jul – Meeting Madrid, Madrid (venue TBC), ESP
1 Sep – ISTAF Berlin, Berlin (Olympiastadion), GER
3 Sep – IWC Zagreb, Zagreb (Sports Park Mladost), CRO


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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