Diamond League season opener moved to Gateshead


Diamond League season opener moved to Gateshead
Athletics - Diamond League - Monaco - Stade Louis II, Monaco - August 14, 2020. Kenya's Faith Kipyegon reacts after winning the women's 1000m Pool via REUTERS/Valery Hache

In Summary

  • The first leg of the 2021 Diamond League series will now be held in Gateshead, England on May 23 in the latest changes announced by organisers in the 2021 circuit’s calendar
  • The meeting was initially scheduled to take place in Rabat, Morocco but was however cancelled owing to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions in the North African country

The first leg of the 2021 Diamond League series will now be held in Gateshead, England on May 23 in the latest changes announced by organisers in the 2021 circuit’s calendar.

The meeting was initially scheduled to take place in Rabat, Morocco but was however cancelled owing to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions in the North African country.

Similarly, the Rome Golden Gala slated for June 10 will relocate to Florence from its traditional venue of Stadio Olimpico that is set to host European Championships.

At the same time, Oslo’s Bislett Games initially planned for June 10 has been postponed to July 1 due to local coronavirus restrictions in Norway where sporting activities have been suspended until mid-June.

The new date positions the Oslo meeting just three days before Stockholm’s BAUHAUS Galan on July 4, allowing athletes competing in both meetings to minimise travel around the Scandinavian events.

“This is an incredibly important year for our athletes as they prepare for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and less than a year later the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Competition and training are two very different things so the Wanda Diamond League and our other one-day meetings around the world will give athletes the opportunity to qualify for events, earn World Ranking points and prize money and benchmark their performances against the competition they will face in Tokyo and then Oregon in 2022.

“We are all working hard, in extraordinarily difficult and fast changing circumstances, to deliver events for the athletes rather than cancelling them. I would like to thank all our meeting organisers and the Diamond League Board for everything they are doing to deliver what is promising to be a strong and much needed programme of competition from April through to the final event in Zurich in September. Their passion for the sport and flexible and collaborative approach to the challenges should be applauded,” said Diamond League Chair, Sebastian Coe.

Unlike in 2020, this year’s Wanda Diamond League will be a full, structured series in which athletes compete for a place in the final and a shot at the Diamond Trophy.

In the first 13 meetings, athletes will earn points in a bid to qualify for the Final in Zurich on September 8th and 9th, where they have the chance to be crowned Wanda Diamond League Champion in their chosen discipline.

Organisers said the 2021 calendar remains subject to further changes depending on the global health situation in the coming months.

2021 Diamond League calendar

Meeting          date

Gateshead       May 23

Doha                May 28

Rome/Florence June 10

Oslo                 July 1

Stockholm       July 4

Monaco           July 9

London            July 13

Shanghai         August 14

Eugene            August 21

China2             August 22

Lausanne           August 26

Paris                August 28

Brussels           September 3

Zurich                September 8-9

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