22 March, 2018

Doha set to host IAAF Diamond League

Once again, the Qatari capital city of Doha will host the opening leg of the IAAF Diamond League in its 2018 edition. The event will be held at Qatar Sports Club stadium on May 04 with participation of the world’s top athletes.

The Qatari athletes have a strong record in the IAAF Diamond League, especially in the 2017 edition as the Qatari icon Mutaz Barshim has had a blockbuster of a season winning all six Diamond League meetings he participated in, including the season opener back home in Doha. Then, he added world title victory at the London World Championships 2017 to his record. 

Commencing on the 4th of May 2018 in Doha, the ninth season of the IAAF Diamond League comprises the 14 best invitational track and field meetings in the world.

The meetings compose the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure and are spread across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.

Athletes earn points in the first 12 meetings in the road to the final. At the two final meetings, held in Zurich and Brussels on consecutive days, $100,000 will be at stake in each of the 32 Diamond disciplines, including $50,000 for each winner.

The 2018 Diamond League meetings will be staged in Doha, Shanghai, Eugene, Rome, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Lausanne, Rabat, Monaco, London, Birmingham, Zurich and Brussels. 


Dr. Thani Al Kuwari chairs the organizing committee 

HE Dr. Thani bin Abdulrahman Al Kuwari, President of the Qatar Athletics Federation and Second Vice President of the Qatar Olympic Committee chairs the higher organizing committee of the 2018 Doha Diamond League meeting which includes a number of the young Qatari officials that are passionate about the sport. 

The committee held a number of meeting and workshops to discuss the latest arrangements for the event it its ninth edition, as the first leg is always considered as a “quality indicator” for an excellent beginning in the new athletics season.  


Surprises for fans

The organizing committee of the event promised athletics fans in Qatar with an exceptional edition full of surprises. The high jump event will be held outside of Qatar Sport Club Stadium for the first time as Qatar will try to benefit from the huge media coverage of the event to promote for Doha as a major sport destination in the region ahead of the IAAF 2019 world championship. The high jump event will be held on May 3rd at the Museum of Islamic arts park. In one of Doha’s major tourist attractions.