CBC SPORTS BRINGS CANADIANS THE 2019 IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE TRACK AND FIELD SEASON

Apr 29, 2019

CBC Sports today announced its extensive coverage plans for the country-hopping 2019 IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE series, as the anticipation builds for the IAAF World Championships later this year and Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 next year. The 10th Diamond League season includes a total of 14 one-day invitational track and field meets taking place across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America over the course of four months, and features the biggest international stars in athletics competing for a coveted Diamond Trophy and $1.6 million USD total cash prize. Beginning with the first event in Doha, Qatar, on May 3, CBC Sports will provide live streaming coverage of every meet at cbcsports.ca, on the free CBC Gem streaming service, and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, while broadcast coverage will be featured as part of CBC Sports’ weekend staple ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES throughout the summer season on CBC and CBC Gem.  Radio-Canada Sports will also offer live streaming coverage of every DIAMOND LEAGUE meet at radio-canada.ca/sports and the Radio-Canada Sports app.

Scott Russell and Olympian and World Championship sprinter Anson Henry will host CBC Sports’ DIAMOND LEAGUE coverage during ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES broadcasts on CBC and CBC Gem, which will also live stream at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app. In Doha on May 3, Canada’s fastest man and Olympic bronze medallist Aaron Brown will compete in the men’s 200-metre against top international runners, including the reigning world champion, Ramil Guliyev (Turkey). Three-time European champion, Dina Asher-Smith (Great Britain) will also launch her season at Doha, competing in the women’s 200-metre against Marie-Josée Ta Lou (Ivory Coast), who won silver medals in both the 100-metre and 200-metre at the IAAF World Championships in 2017.

In Shanghai on May 18, double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson (Jamaica) will race against Ta Lou, as well as 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Michelle-Lee Ahye (Trinidad and Tobago) in the women’s 100-metre. In addition, Diamond League champion and world indoor record-holder, Christian Coleman (USA) will compete against Reece Prescod (Great Britain) and Su Bingtian (China) in the men’s 100-metre, as well as his competitive compatriots Ronnie Baker, Noah Lyles and Mike Rodgers. In London on July 20, Canada’s own triple Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will take on Prescod and European champion Zharnel Hughes (Great Britain), as well as another triple Olympic medallist, Yohan Blake (Jamaica), in the hotly contested men’s 100-metre.

Live streams of each IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE meet will be available at cbcsports.ca , CBC Gem and via the CBC Sports app*:

 

Doha, Qatar,                      Fri. May 3               12–2 p.m. ET (9-11 a.m. PT)  

Shanghai, China                 Sat. May 18           7–9 a.m. ET (4–6 a.m. PT) 

Stockholm, Sweden            Thurs. May 30        2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT)

Rome, Italy                        Thurs. June 6          2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Oslo, Norway                      Thurs. June 13       2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Rabat, Morocco                   Sun. June 16         2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Eugene, USA                      Sun. June 30         4–6 p.m. ET (1–3 p.m. PT)

Lausanne, Switzerland        Fri. July 5              2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Monaco                               Fri. July 12            2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

London, England                Sat. July 20           9–11 a.m. ET (6–8 a.m. PT)

                                           Sun. July 21          9–11 a.m. ET (6–8 a.m. PT) 

Birmingham, England         Sun. Aug. 18         9–11 a.m. ET (6–8 a.m. PT) 

Paris, France                      Sat. Aug. 24          2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Zurich, Switzerland            Thurs. Aug. 29       2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Brussels, Belgium               Sat. Sept. 7          2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

 

*Note: Times are subject to change

 

Coverage of the 2018 IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE season will be available weekly on CBC Sports’ ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES on CBC and CBC Gem*:

 

Doha, Qatar,                      Sat. May 4           4–6 p.m. ET (1–3 p.m. PT)

Shanghai, China                Sat. May 18         4–6 p.m. ET (1–3 p.m. PT)

Stockholm, Sweden          Sun. June 2         12:30–2 p.m. ET (9:30 – 11 a.m. PT)

Rome, Italy                        Sat. June 8          2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

Oslo, Norway                    Sat. June 15         4:30–6 p.m. ET (1:30–3 p.m. PT)

Rabat, Morocco                Sun. June 16        3–5 p.m. local

Eugene, USA                    Mon. July 1           12–2 a.m. local

Lausanne, Switzerland      Sat. July 6            12–2 p.m. ET (9–11 a.m. PT)

Monaco                             Sat. July 13           2–3:30 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –12:30 p.m. PT)

London, England               Sat. July 20           2–4 p.m. local

                                          Sun. July 21          2–3 p.m. local

Birmingham, England        Sun. Aug. 18        3–5 p.m. local 

Paris, France                     Sat. Aug. 24         4–6 p.m. local

Zurich, Switzerland            Sat. Aug. 31         4–6 p.m. local

Brussels, Belgium              Sat. Sept. 7          2–4 p.m. ET (11 a.m. –1 p.m. PT)

 

*Note: Times are subject to change. ROAD TO THE OLYMPIC GAMES broadcasts will also be available as live-streams at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app

The IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE, entering its 10th season, features the world’s top track and field athletes competing for a Diamond Trophy and a $1.6 million USD total cash prize. The series sees top international athletes compete in 32 individual disciplines, divided equally between male and female competitions. Each discipline will be featured four or six times before the final meets. Athletes will compete to accumulate points towards their discipline’s season-long Diamond Race standings, with points being awarded to the top eight finishers at each meet. Prize money will also be awarded to the top eight finishers in each discipline at the qualifying events, with a total prize purse of $30,000 USD available per discipline at each Diamond League meet.

The top eight or 12 athletes in each discipline will be awarded a start at the final 2019 Diamond League meet in Zurich or Brussels. The winner of each discipline will become an IAAF Diamond League Champion and receive a Diamond Trophy, $50,000 USD cash prize and a wild card for the IAAF World Championships (certain conditions apply). Learn more about the rules, point system and prize money here.

 

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