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One week to go to start of IAAF World Challenge

MonteCarloThe IAAF World Challenge a new series of international one-day invitational meetings commences on Thursday 4 March in Melbourne, Australia, with the Melbourne Track Classic.

Whilst athletes from all around the world make their preparations for the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships, Doha, Qatar (12 -14 March), in the southern hemisphere the 2010 outdoor season is already in full swing, and the IAAF World Challenge in Melbourne is the pinnacle meeting of that one-day competition programme.

The IAAF World Challenge takes place from March to September and, along with the IAAF Diamond League which commences on 14 May in Doha, Qatar, makes up the two elements of the IAAF’s new one-day competition format, offering a bright new era for the international invitational track and field circuit.

Each IAAF World Challenge meeting will include 16 events balanced across the full range of disciplines, with prize money totalling a minimum of US$200,000 (per meeting).

NOTE: To coincide with the Melbourne meeting, a section dedicated to the IAAF World Challenge will open on the IAAF website next week.

IAAF World Challenge – Current 2010 Calendar

Melbourne AUS - 4 March
Dakar SEN - 24 April
Osaka JPN - 8 May
Daegu KOR - 19 May 
Rio de Janeiro BRA - 23 May
Ostrava CZE - 27 May 
Hengelo NED - 30 May
Rabat MAR - 6 June  
Madrid ESP - 2 July
Athens GRE - 12 July 
Berlin GER - 22 August
Rieti ITA - 29 August  
Zagreb CRO - 1 September

Please click here for Calendar and Meeting Organiser Contact Details