Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2010 Prefontaine Classic to be held July 3rd...

One of the rumors floating around Eugene during the Nike Prefontaine Classic was that the date would be moved to late June or sometime in July from its general location on the calendar of late May-early June

That rumor was confirmed by the IAAF which sent out this press release announcing the schedule of the 2010 Diamond League meets.

Below is the full text of the release, courtesy of the IAAF:

It has been agreed that the IAAF Diamond League will be composed of 14 cities across the globe in America, Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Yesterday at a meeting of the General Assembly of IAAF Diamond League held in Berlin, Germany, the 2010 Calendar was confirmed.

As well as the 12 meetings which were confirmed in Monte-Carlo on 2 March when the new circuit of elite Athletics Meetings was originally announced, at the time there were 3 other cities, Berlin, Doha and Rome which had expressed an interest in becoming part of the IAAF Diamond League.

Of this trio, the meetings in Doha and Rome fulfilled the necessary criteria of membership and were accepted into the IAAF Diamond League.

Work is on-going on a slightly altered distribution of events amongst the 14 meetings, and this schedule will be communicated at a later date.

An official launch of the 2010 IAAF Diamond League will take place on Saturday 22 August in Berlin, the penultimate day of the 12th IAAF World Championships
in Athletics (15-23 Aug 2009).

IAAF Diamond League 2010 Calendar

Doha (QAT) – Fri 14 May
Shanghai (CHN) – Sun 23 May

Oslo (NOR) – Fri 4 June

Rome (ITA) – Thu 10 June

New York (USA) – Sat 19 June
Eugene (USA) – Sat 3 July

Lausanne (SWI) – Thu 8 July
Gateshead (GBR) – Sun 11 July
Paris (FRA) – Fri 16 July

Monaco (MON) – Thu 22 July

Stockholm (SWE) – Fri 6 Aug

London (GBR) – Fri 13 and Sat 14 Aug

Z├╝rich (SWI) – Thu 19 Aug
Brussels (BEL) – Fri 27 Aug

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