Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Outline of The Samsung Diamond League and The World Challenge of the IAAF

There are 2 annual global circuit series of track and filed meetings organised by the IAAF :

1) The Samsung Diamond League - inaugurated in 2011 designed to replace the annual all-Europe based Golden League since 1998 by extending to include meetings in USA, China and Qatar.
The calender of 2011 event started with the Qatar Athletic Super Grand Prix in Doha on 6 May and will end at the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels, Belgium tomorrow 16 September.

Points awarding system:
16 track and field disciplines are staged for both male and female athletes making a total of 32 disciplines and each is held a total of 7 times during the season. The top 3 finishers of each meeting are awarded with 4, 2 and 1 points respectively and in the case of Final meeting (the Zurich and Brussels meetings) those points are doubled.
The athlete with the highest number of points in each discipline at the end of the season and has competed the Final meeting wins a Diamond Race Trophy and a cash price of USD40,000.

2) The World Challenge - a tier below the Diamond League introduced in 2010 to replace the Grand Prix. The 2011 event calender also consists of 14 meetings with the Melbourne Track Classic on 3 March as its starting venue and has ended at the Hanzekovic Memorial in Zagreb, Croatia 2 days ago on 13 September.

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