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Diamond League season to start in Morocco on May 23

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Paris   /   Tue, November 24, 2020   /   06:09 pm
Diamond League season to start in Morocco on May 23 Kenya's Ferguson Cheruiyot Rotich (right) leads the men's 800m race during the IAAF Diamond League competition on Sept.25 at the Suheim Bin Hamad Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha. (AFP/Str)

The calendar of elite Diamond League meetings for the Olympic year of 2021 was released on Monday with the season starting in Rabat, Morocco on May 23 and concluding in Zurich in September.

After a 2020 track and field season heavily disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic that forced the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, athletes' focus will be the rearranged Games that are scheduled to start on July 23.

The last Diamond League meeting before the Olympics will take place in London on July 13 and the new Olympic champions will be able to show off their medals at a meeting in Shanghai on Aug. 14.

There are back-to-back meetings in the US city of Eugene on Aug. 21 and a still-to-be-confirmed venue in China on Aug.22.

Athletes will earn points in the first 13 meetings in a bid to qualify for a place in the final, where they have the chance to win the Diamond Trophy and be crowned Diamond League champion in their chosen discipline.