One of the biggest challenges of our sport is the crazy calendar that we support. Too many events, and it hurts our sport. The World Indoor Tour was fun this year, and the Diamond League kept our attention much of the summer of 2018. With the Doha 2019 World Champs, the schedules were affected. Here’s the plan fo 2019:
As part of the push to establish a more coherent global competition calendar, the IAAF Council has approved the dates of the two major international circuits for the 2019 season, the Diamond League and the World Indoor Tour.
The schedules for the top-tier outdoor and indoor competitions next year are designed to give athletes more consistent competition as they prepare for the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha in September.
“We are now seeing the results of the work that we have undertaken to review the calendar and ensure that athletes, fans, meet organisers and media are better served by a high quality season of events,” IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.
The 2019 World Indoor Tour will be composed of six indoor meetings, starting in the USA on 26 January with the meeting in Boston. The following five meetings will be hosted in the European indoor halls with the last competition on 20 February in Dusseldorf.
The tenth Diamond League season will start in Doha on 3 May and continue in Shanghai three weeks later (25 May), beginning a stretch of nine weeks in which there will be one Diamond League meeting per week. There will then a four-week break before two more meetings and the two finals in Zurich (29 August) and Brussels (6 September). The track season will then culminate with its finale at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
World Indoor Tour 2019
Saturday, 26 January – Boston, USA
Saturday, 2 February – Karlsruhe, Germany
Wednesday, 6 February – Torun, Poland
Friday, 8 February – Madrid, Spain
Saturday, 16 February – Birmingham, Great Britain
Wednesday, 20 February – Dusseldorf, Germany
Diamond League 2019
Friday, 3 May – Doha, Qatar
Saturday, 25 May – Shanghai, China
Sunday, 2 June – Stockholm, Sweden
Thursday, 6 June – Roma, Italy
Thursday, 13 June – Oslo, Norway
Sunday, 16 June – Rabat, Morocco
Friday & Saturday, 28 & 29 June – Eugene, USA (location TBA)
Friday, 5 July – Lausanne, Switzerland
Friday, 12 July – Monaco
Saturday & Sunday, 20 & 21 July – London, Great Britain
Sunday, 18 August – Birmingham, Great Britain
Saturday, 24 August – Paris, France
Thursday, 29 August – Zurich, Switzerland
Friday, 6 September – Brussels, Belgium