The meeting dates of the 2004 IAAF Golden League have been confirmed along with the rest of the main 2004 competition calendar.
The IAAF Golden League has traditionally started off in Oslo but with a new stadium being built in the Norwegian capital, competition will take place in the city of Bergen when the 2004 six meeting series begins on Friday 11 June.
Rome is the next of Athletics’ premier series of one day meetings to take place on Friday 2 July, followed by Paris (Friday 23 July), and then Zurich (Friday 6 August) which will be the last IAAF outdoor permit meeting of any category to take place prior to the Athens Olympic Games.
Following on from the competition in Athens, Brussels re-starts the 2004 IAAF Golden League on Friday 3 September, with Berlin on Sunday 12 September providing the finale.
IAAF 2004 Golden League events are as follows -
Men - 200m; 800m;1500m; 400m Hurdles; Triple Jump; Discus Throw.
Women - 100m; 400m; 1500m 3000m/5000m; 100m Hurdles; High Jump.
While 2004 will mark the first appearance of the Discus Throw as a Golden League regular, all other events have a history of success in the Golden League. The women’s 100m could mark the return of Marion Jones (Golden League Jackpot winner in 2002) to the most prestigious one-day meeting circuit of the IAAF.
Also Golden League Jackpot winners in 2002, Hicham El Guerrouj (1500m), Felix Sanchez (400m Hurdles) and Ana Guevara (400m) may have their eyes set on yet another jackpot.
Another athlete whose chances to win the IAAF Golden League Jackpot are undeniable is Hestrie Cloete, 2003 Athlete of the Year and nine times at 2.00m or higher this year.
IAAF INDOOR PERMIT MEETINGS 2004
Sat 31 Stuttgart GER
Sun 1 Moscow RUS
Fri 6 New York USA
Sun 8 Gent BEL
Thu 12 Stockholm SWE
Sat 14 European Indoor Cup
Sun 15 Karlsruhe GER
Fri 20 Birmingham GBR
Sun 22 Athens GRE
Sat 28 Lievin FRA
Mon 23 & Tue 24 National Open Championships
Fri 5 & Sun 7 IAAF World Indoor Championships
IAAF CROSS COUNTRY PERMIT MEETINGS 2003/2004
Sun 16 Oeiras POR
Sun 30 Llodio ESP
Sun 14 European Championships
Sun 21 Brussels BEL
Sat 3 Newcastle GBR
Sat 10 Belfast GBR
Sun 18 Sevilla ESP
Sun 1 Tourcoing FRA
Sun 8 Loule POR
Sat 14 Nairobi KEN
Sun 15 Chiba JPN
Sun 15 Diekirck LUX
Sun 7 San Vittore ITA
Sat 20 & Sun 21 IAAF World Championships
IAAF OUTDOOR PERMIT MEETINGS 2004
Thu 12 Melbourne AUS GPII
Sat 24 Martinique FRA GPII
Sat 8 Osaka JPN GP
Fri 14 Doha QAT SGP
Sun 16 Rio BRA GPII
Sun 23 Belem BRA GP
Mon 31 Hengelo NED GP
Wed 2 Milan ITA GPII
Fri 4 Torino ITA GPII
Sat 5 Sevilla ESP GP
Sat 5 Portland USA GPII
Sun 6 Palo Alto USA GPII
Tue 8 Ostrava CZE SGP
Fri 11 Oslo/Bergen NOR GL
Sat 19& Sun 20 European Cups
Sat 19 Eugene USA GP
Sat 26 Lille FRA GP
Sun 27 Gateshead GBR SGP
Mon 28 Prague CZE GPII
Tues 29 Zagreb CRO GP
Fri 2 Rome ITA GL
Tue 6 Lausanne SUI SGP
Fri 08 Moscow/Tula RUS GPII
Sat 17 Madrid ESP SGP
Mon19 Thessaloniki GRE GPII
Fri 23 Paris FRA GL
Mon26 Athens GRE SGP
Tue 27 Stockholm SWE SGP
Fri 30 London GBR SGP
Sat 31 Heusden BEL GPII
Mon 2 Linz AUT GP
Fri 6 Zurich SUI GL
20-29 Athens OLYMPIC GAMES
Fri 3 Brussels BEL GL
Sun 5 Rieti ITA GP
Sun 5 World Athletics Final - Hammer
Sun 12 Berlin GER GL
Sat 18 & Sun19 World Athletics Final
IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS SERIES 2004
Fri 5 - Sun 7
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships, Budapest, HUN
Sat 20 - Sun 21
32nd IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Brussels, BEL
Sat 1 - Sun 2
21st IAAF World Race Walking Cup, Naumburg, GER
Tue 13 - Sun 18
3rd IAAF World Junior Championships, Grosseto, ITA
Fri 13 - Sun 29
Olympic Games Athens, GRE
Sat 18 - Sun 19
IAAF World Athletics Final, Monaco, MON
Sun 3 13th IAAF Half Marathon Championships, New Delhi, IND
IAAF WORLD COMBINED EVENTS CHALLENGE 2004
Desenzano (ITA) – 9/10 May 2004 – IAAF Permit.
Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis (AUT) – 29/30 May 2004 – IAAF Permit.
Arles (FRA) – 5/6 June 2004 – IAAF Permit.
Open German Championships in Ratingen (GER) – 26/27 June 2004 – IAAF Permit.
Decastar in Talence (FRA) – 18/19 September 2004 - IAAF Permit.
Other International Competitions:
Olympic Games - 20-29 August, Athens, GRE
African Championships - July, Brazzaville, CGO
US Trials - 9-18 July, Sacramento, USA
European Cup Combined Events, 3-4 July, 3 venues
IAAF RACE WALKING CHALLENGE 2004
Tijuana, MEX 20/21 March (20 W + 20 M + 50 M)
Rio Major, POR 3 April (20 W + 20 M)
Coruna, ESP 5 June (20 W + 20 M)
Sesto San Giovanni, ITA 20 June (20 W + 20 M)
Shanghai, CHN 22/23 May (20 W + 20 M)
IAAF Race Walking Cup 1/2 May – Naumburg (20 W + 20 M + 50 M)
Olympic Games, Athens, August (20 W + 20 M + 50 M)