The inclusion of Meeting International Mohammed VI means the IAAF Diamond League series now has events in four continents
Rabat in Morocco has been announced as a new host city for an IAAF Diamond League event.
The Meeting International Mohammed VI replaces the New York Diamond League meeting, the IAAF has confirmed.
The decision was made at a General Assembly of the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Wednesday.
The director of the New York meet, Mark Wetmore, says the Adidas Grand Prix is set to become a “street meet” as “one way to make the event attractive to a younger audience”.
Launched in March 2009, the 14-meeting IAAF Diamond League series has included host cities in Asia, Europe and North America. With the addition of Rabat, the series – which takes place annually from May to September – has expanded into a fourth continent, Africa.
“We are pleased to be able to take our premier athletics series into a new continental area,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who is also chairman of Diamond League AG. “The IAAF Diamond League offers the best athletics entertainment to the world outside of the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.
“Broadcast annually in more than 120 countries, the series provides athletics with its next most prominent global shop window.
“We thank New York for contributing to this great project during the past six seasons and know that they will continue to support athletics in the future. We proudly welcome the inclusion of Rabat.”
According to the IAAF, Rabat first applied for membership of the IAAF Diamond League in 2014 and has since undergone a “rigorous evaluation process” to confirm that its organisation, facilities and services are of a high enough standard for inclusion into the series. The Rabat meeting will take place on May 22.
Abdeslam Ahizoune, president of the Moroccan athletics federation and Rabat meeting director, commented: “This is a proud moment for our country’s athletics community and for the international reputation of Moroccan sport in general.
“The inclusion of our meeting in the IAAF Diamond League is a clear affirmation of the ability of our country to deliver the highest international standard sports product.”
New York meeting director Wetmore said: “It’s been a great run on Randall’s Island, New York, and now we’re looking ahead to producing a new event.”
IAAF Diamond League 2016 calendar
May 6 – Doha, QAT
May 14 – Shanghai, CHN
May 22 – Rabat, MAR
May 28 – Eugene, USA
Jun 2 – Rome, ITA
Jun 5 – Birmingham, GBR
Jun 9 – Oslo, NOR
Jun 16 – Stockholm, SWE
Jul 15 – Monaco, MON
Jul 22-23 – London, GBR
Aug 25 – Lausanne, SUI
Aug 27 – Paris, FRA
Sep 1 – Zurich, SUI
Sep 9 – Brussels, BEL