The 2016 IAAF Diamond League starts in two weeks’ time and the excitement is already starting to mount.
The traditional opening meeting in Doha has assembled some of the sport’s top stars to get proceedings underway for the seventh year of the series. World champions Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Dafne Schippers and Almaz Ayana are just some of the leading athletes set to compete in the Qatari capital on 6 May.
The IAAF is also happy to announce the return of the Fantasy Diamond Race.
As in previous years, the 2016 edition follows the athletes who compete in the 32 event disciplines of the Diamond Race at the 14 meetings of the IAAF Diamond League this year.
This provides players with the chance to compare their athletics knowledge against fellow track and field fans from around the world.
Players have to identify nine athletes at each IAAF Diamond League meeting who they think will place highest in their events and, just as with the real Diamond Race itself, points are then awarded to those finishing in the podium positions.
As well as the overall leader board, players can also set up private leagues with their friends and colleagues.
There are prizes on offer for players whose teams have the highest scores at each of the 14 meetings, and for the season winner who accumulates the best overall points score across all meetings.
If you took part in last year’s Fantasy Diamond Race, then you are able to log in now and select provisional teams based upon the list of athletes who competed last year in the IAAF Diamond League. But it is advisable to wait until the official entry lists for Doha, the first meeting of the season, are released before making your final selections.
The IAAF Diamond League is composed of 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world. The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa, and compose the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure.
This series of 14 meetings, which began in 2010, showcases 32 event disciplines which are carefully distributed among the meetings.
In each discipline, there is a Diamond Race with points available throughout the 14-meeting season. Winners of each Diamond Race receive a $40,000 USD cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy.
2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar
6 May – Doha, QAT
14 May – Shanghai, CHN
22 May – Rabat, MAR
28 May – Eugene, USA
2 Jun – Rome, ITA
5 Jun – Birmingham, GBR
9 Jun – Oslo, NOR
16 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
15 Jul – Monaco, MON
22-23 Jul – London, GBR
25 Aug – Lausanne, SUI
27 Aug – Paris, FRA
1 Sep – Zurich, SUI
9 Sep – Brussels, BEL