(ATR) The 2019 IAAF Diamond League kicks off in Doha, Qatar on Friday.
Khalifa International Stadium (Getty Images)
Besides launching the Diamond League series this year, the Khalifa International Stadium will also host the IAAF World Athletics Championships from Sept. 28 to Oct.6. It is the first time the world champs are being held in the Middle East.
Doha is celebrating its 10th anniversary as the curtain-raiser for the Diamond League season. Organizers say that as of earlier this week eight reigning world champions, nine reigning Olympic champions and nine reigning Diamond League champions are due to compete.
“It has been a privilege and an honor to welcome the world’s best athletes to the Doha Diamond League for a decade,” Qatar Athletics Federation (QAF) President and Secretary General of the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) Dr. Thani Al Kuwari said in a statement.
“We have a new venue this year and I’ve heard the athletes are very excited to compete in the Khalifa International Stadium, especially as the IAAF World Championships will be taking place in the same arena later this year.
“We have seen from times and performances at the recent Asian Championships that the track in the Khalifa International Stadium is exceptionally quick so we are certainly hopeful that we will see some meeting records - and maybe even a Diamond League record - at our new home on 3 May.”
The IAAF Diamond League began in 2010 with the first ever Diamond League meeting taking place at the Qatar Sports Club on May 14 of that year.
BWF & HSBC to Unveil a New Badminton Game
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) and global development partner HSBC will unveil a new outdoor badminton game on May 13 in Guangzhou, China.
No details have been announced ahead of the launch.
The federation says five years of work have resulted in what is hoped will be a design that creates “a greater number of opportunities for men and women of all ages and ability to play badminton on hard, grass and sand surfaces in parks, gardens, streets, playgrounds and beaches around the world.”
IJF Launches 'Throw to Tokyo' Contest
The International Judo Federation’s first online game officially began on Wednesday.
“Throw to Tokyo” will award the winners with two economy flight tickets, accommodation and competition tickets to the 2019 World Judo Championships in Tokyo from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1.
To enter the competition, contestants must submit videos in up to five categories – Technique, Creativity, Superhuman, Beauty, Humor – at tokyo.ijf.org until May 25. The more categories entered, the better the chance to win.
The owners of the winning videos from each category will receive the prize. In addition, one more winner will be selected in a random drawing of those who entered a video in at least one category.
The IJF will announce the winners on its website on June 16.
Written by Gerard Farek
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