The 2017 IAAF Diamond League starts next week and the traditional opening meeting in Doha has assembled some of the sport’s top stars to get proceedings underway for the eighth year of the series.
The IAAF is also happy to announce the return of the Fantasy Diamond League.
As in previous years, the 2017 edition follows the athletes who compete in the 32 event disciplines 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. Just as with the real IAAF Diamond League itself, points are then awarded based on how well the athletes perform.
As well as the overall leader board, players can also set up private leagues with their friends and colleagues.
The winner of each meeting will receive a personalised engraved glass diamond, while the overall winner at the end of the season will receive a personalised engraved glass diamond plus a selection of money-can’t-buy memorabilia from various meetings on the 2017 IAAF Diamond League circuit.
If you took part in last year’s Fantasy Diamond League, 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, 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. The winners of each discipline in the finals will receive a US$40,000 cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy.
2017 IAAF Diamond League calendar
5 May – Doha, QAT
13 May – Shanghai, CHN
27 May – Eugene, USA
8 Jun – Rome, ITA
15 Jun – Oslo, NOR
18 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
1 Jul – Paris, FRA
6 Jul – Lausanne, SUI
9 Jul – London, GBR
16 Jul – Rabat, MAR
21 Jul – Monaco, MON
20 Aug – Birmingham, GBR
24 Aug – Zurich, SUI
1 Sep – Brussels, BEL