Coe seeks to take Diamond League to ‘next level’

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Sebastian Coe has vowed to take the Diamond League to the “next level” after being elected chairman of Diamond League AG, the company which oversees the running of the annual invitational circuit.

The general assembly of the Diamond League has elected Coe, along with fellow IAAF council member Anna Riccardi of Italy, to its board. They join current board members Patrick Magyar of Switzerland, Belgian Wilfried Meert and Jean-Pierre Schoebel of Monaco, who represent the circuit’s meetings.

Coe replaces former IAAF president Lamine Diack as chairman, with a third and final IAAF board member to be proposed to the general assembly before its next meeting in March 2016.

During its latest meeting the general assembly agreed proposals to establish workshops to discuss the future development and format of the Diamond League. This process is part of a wider strategic study of athletics’ competition structure which will involve three newly formed special advisory groups: One-Day Meetings, Competition Calendar and World Athletics Series Renovation.

“The IAAF Diamond League annually provides athletics with a prominent global shop window,” Coe said. “The 14-meeting series which runs from May to September offers fans the best international athletics competition outside the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.

“I am really looking forward to reviewing this top product with the meeting organisers who are our close partners in this series. Together we intend to take this popular invitational tour to the next level of sporting excellence and entertainment.”

The 2016 Diamond League season begins on May 6 in Doha, Qatar and travels to Shanghai (China), Eugene (United States), Rome (Italy), Birmingham (UK), Oslo (Norway), Stockholm (Sweden), New York City (United States), Monaco, London (UK), Lausanne (Switzerland), Paris (France) and Zürich (Switzerland) before concluding in the Belgian capital of Brussels on September 9.