2022 Diamond Trophy winners (© AFP / Getty Images)
The Wanda Diamond League will break new ground in 2023, with a provisional calendar that includes 15 host cities across 12 countries and four continents. The 14th edition of track and field’s premier one-day meeting series will be the biggest yet, and the first in which the final will be held in the USA.
Athletes will compete at 14 series meetings from May to September, with the most successful qualifying for the two-day Wanda Diamond League Final at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on 16 and 17 September.
This year’s Road to the Final will once again feature Silesia’s Kamila Skolimowska Memorial meeting, which has now joined the series for the next five years after featuring on a provisional basis in 2022 to compensate for the cancellation of both Chinese legs due to the pandemic.
The Road to the Final will burst out of the blocks at its traditional starting point in Doha, with the Qatari capital set to host the season launch for the 12th time since 2010 on 5 May. After touching down on African soil at the Meeting International Mohammed VI in Rabat on 28 May, the series will then head to Europe in June and July. The world’s best athletes will head to Rome on 2 June, Paris on 9 June, Oslo on 15 June, Lausanne on 30 June and Stockholm on 2 July.
Silesia, which will be a full member meeting from 2023 until 2027, will host a Wanda Diamond League meeting for the second time in its history on 16 July. Following Herculis Monaco on 21 July, the series will return to London after a three-year hiatus, with the London Diamond League to be held at the London Stadium for the first time since 2019 on 23 July.
Two Chinese meetings in Shanghai and Shenzhen will follow on 29 July and 3 August before the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23. The season will resume with Weltklasse Zurich on 31 August and the Allianz Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels on 8 September.
For the first time ever, the Wanda Diamond League Final will take place not in Zurich or Brussels, but on US soil at the Prefontaine Classic. Eugene will host the 2023 season finale, with all 32 Diamond League champions to be crowned across two days of elite athletics action on 16 and 17 September.
Further information on the allocation of disciplines will be released later in December, and the calendar remains subject to changes depending on the global health situation in 2023.