12 NOV 2005 General News 12 November 2005 – Moscow, Russia

IAAF World Athletics Tour is agreed

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“Fewer but better meetings” is motto of new circuit

Moscow, Russia - IAAF Council agreed today on a new global circuit of one day athletics meetings, to be called the IAAF World Athletics Tour, with the aim of promoting high quality, entertaining competitions as a regular “show case” for the sport.

With 24 IAAF Meetings in 2006 (in 2005 there were 34) - the objective is to ensure that only the best quality competitions are staged under the IAAF brand. At least one Meeting from each Continental Area will be included in the IAAF World Athletics Tour.

There will be two levels of Meetings within the IAAF World Athletics Tour, with different prize money structures and points for qualification towards the IAAF World Athletics Final, which will take place in Stuttgart on 9/10 September. The IAAF Golden League brand and name will be retained, to form the first level of Meetings together with the IAAF Super Grand Prix. In the second level, all the meetings will be known as IAAF Grand Prix. The IAAF is continuing to study a new Jackpot system for introduction in 2006.

The World Athletics Final will be an integral part of the World Athletics Tour and athletes’ qualification for the Final will be based on a system of point scoring. A third level of Meetings, represented by the best Area Meetings not already included in the above (maximum 3 per Area except Europe and designated by the Areas alone) will also allow athletes to score points for the Final.

IAAF President Lamine Diack, welcoming the new initiative, said: “the new World Athletics Tour, with a reduced number of higher quality Meetings, coupled with a well devised evaluation concept and scheme, will help us to maintain only the best Meetings in the World under the IAAF umbrella, while at the same time, helping to raise the standard of Area circuits around the world.”


2006 IAAF WORLD ATHLETICS TOUR

MAR 
Thu 9 MELBOURNE AUS Grand Prix

APR 
Sat 29 DAKAR SEN Grand Prix

MAY 
Sat 6 OSAKA JPN Grand Prix
Fri 12 DOHA QAT Super Grand Prix
Sun 21 BELEM BRA Grand Prix
Sun 28 HENGELO NED Grand Prix
Sun 28 EUGENE USA Grand Prix
Tue 30 OSTRAVA CZE Grand Prix

JUN 
Fri 2  OSLO NOR Golden League
Sun 11 GATESHEAD GBR Grand Prix

JUL
Mon 3 ATHENS GRE Super Grand Prix
Fri 7 PARIS FRA Golden League
Tue 11 LAUSANNE SUI Super Grand Prix
Fri 14 ROME ITA Golden League
Mon 17 MADRID ESP Grand Prix
Tue 25 STOCKHOLM SWE Super Grand Prix
Wed 26 HELSINKI FIN Grand Prix
Fri 28 LONDON GBR Super Grand Prix

AUG
Fri 18 ZURICH SUI Golden League
Sun 20 MONACO MON Super Grand Prix
Fri 25 BRUSSELS BEL Golden League
Sun 27 RIETI ITA Grand Prix
Thu 31 ZAGREB CRO Grand Prix

SEP
Sun 3 BERLIN GER Golden League

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World Athletics Tour points can also be scored at the following Qualifying Continental Permit Meetings

2005    

DEC 
14 Hamilton NZL Oceania

2006

JAN
26 Canberra AUS Oceania

MAR 
3 Brisbane AUS Oceania

MAY 
6 Abuja NGR Africa
6 Kingston JAM NACAC
7 Porto Alegre BRA South America
14 Rio BRA South America
17 Fortaleza BRA South America
21 Carson USA NACAC

JUN
3 Huelva ESP Europe
3 New York USA NACAC
4 Bydgoszcz POL Europe
5 Prague CZE Europe
6 Turin ITA Europe
10 Lille FRA Europe
13 Luzern SUI Europe
17 Rabat MAR Africa
18 Warsaw POL Europe
20 Zaragoza ESP Europe
22 Alger ALG Africa
24 Kazan RUS Europe

JUL
1 Cork IRL Europe
21 Rethymno GRE Europe
22 Heusden BEL Europe
24 Thessaloniki GRE Europe
28 Tallinn EST Europe

AUG
22 Linz AUT Europe
30 Rovereto ITA Europe

Plus 3 Asian meetings