Updated: March 3, 2016


A top-flight Diamond League track and field meeting will be held in Africa for the first time this season, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed.
“The general assembly of the Diamond League… has decided to include Rabat, Morocco as a new host city for the prestigious global series of one-day athletics meetings,” the international governing body said in a statement on Thursday.
The Rabat meeting, which previously formed part of the World Challenge series, would replace New York as a Diamond League host city.
“We are pleased to be able to take our premier athletics series into a new continental area,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.
Rabat had first applied for Diamond League status in 2014, and the IAAF said it had since undergone a rigorous evaluation process to confirm its organisation, facilities and services were of a high enough standard for inclusion into athletics’ top-tier international circuit.
“This is a proud moment for our country’s athletics community and for the international reputation of Moroccan sport in general,” said Rabat meeting director Abdeslam Ahizoune.
“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.”

2016 IAAF Diamond League series calendar:

6 May – Doha, Qatar
14 May – Shanghai, China
22 May – Rabat, Morocco
28 May – Eugene, United States
2 Jun – Rome, Italy
5 Jun – Birmingham, Great Gritain
9 Jun – Oslo, Norway
16 Jun – Stockholm, Sweden
15 Jul – Monaco, Monaco
22-23 Jul – London, Great Britain
25 Aug – Lausanne, Switzerland
27 Aug – Paris, France
1 Sep – Zurich, Switzerland
9 Sep – Brussels, Belgium