The event is comprised of 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world.
Nigeria’s track queen, Blessing Okagbare, is expected to lead the charge by the country’s athletes for a share of the $8m (over N1billion) available in prize monies for this year’s IAAF Diamond League meetings
There are exactly two weeks to go to the start of the 2013 season of the IAAF Diamond League which commences on May 10, in Doha, Qatar. The event, which is entering its fourth season, is comprised of 14 of the best invitational track and field meetings in the world.
The meetings are spread across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA, and are the top tier of the IAAF’s global one-day meeting competition structure.
The series of 14 meetings, each offering prize money of $480,000 (over N76 million), showcases 32 events which are carefully distributed amongst the meetings. In each of the events, there is a ‘Diamond Race’ with points available throughout the 14 meeting season. Each of the 32 events are staged seven times with the top three athletes being awarded the same amount of points at each meeting with the exception of the final where the points are doubled.
The overall winner of each of the 32 Diamond Races will receive a $40,000 (over N6million) cash prize and a spectacular Diamond Trophy created by Beyer, one of the oldest and most respected jewellers in the world, established in Zürich in the 18th century.
Combine the individual meeting prize money with the Diamond Race cash, and the IAAF Diamond League is offering a total of $8million in prize money in 2013.
Though very few Nigerian athletes were on parade in the elite race in 2012, Okagbare was Nigeria’s best performer, winning one of the legs of the League in London.