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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Diamond League Announce 2020 Event Dates

Bermuda athletes such as Tyrone Smith and Tre Houston will have some hope of competing Internationally this year as the Diamond League has announced a new provisional calendar for 2020 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the crisis, the flagship series, which was set to start in April, has been heavily affected with various meetings postponed.

Organizers have confirmed that the new opening date for the 2020 calendar is August 14th when Monaco is scheduled to host its event.

The finals in Zurich, scheduled for September 9th – 11th, have been cancelled as well as the Rabat Diamond League, scheduled for May 31st.

London's Anniversary Games on July 4th and 5th have also been cancelled.

In a statement, Diamond League confirmed Zurich in future is scheduled to host of the finals for the next two seasons.

"Due to the extraordinary situation in 2020 and the re-structuring of the entire season, Zurich has been granted by the General Assembly of Diamond League the right to stage the finals in 2021 and 2022," the statement said.

"This was possible after Eugene gave consent for the final of 2022, previously awarded to them - to be shifted by one year to 2023."

No finals will take place in the 2020 calendar, with organizers also stressing that points will not be awarded this season.

The statement continued: "Given the current discrepancies in training and travel opportunities, it would be impossible to ensure a level playing field and a fair qualification system during 2020.

"Athletes will therefore not earn Diamond League points this season; and there will not be a single, 24-discipline final in Zurich as originally planned."

There is no indication from British Athletics that the British Grand Prix, to be held in Gateshead, will be affected yet, with this meeting still set to take place on August 16th under the new calendar.

Stockholm is due to round-off Diamond League action in August a week after Gateshead, on August 23rd.

The following month has planned legs in Lausanne on September 2nd, Brussels on September 4th and Paris on September 6th.

Rome/Naples are scheduled for September 17th before Shanghai on September 19th.

The final proposed meetings are planning to take place in Eugene in the United States on October 4th, Doha on October 9th and a second meeting in China, with a venue to be confirmed on October 17th.
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