News29 Oct 1998

42 outdoor Meetings in 1999 IAAF Calendar - All Golden League Meets on a Wednesday


IAAF fixes Calendar at 42 Outdoor Meetings for 1999 - Wednesday night fixed for all Golden League Meetings

29 October 1998 - Granada - Spain - At a Press Conference for the IAAF World Calendar Conference in Granada, IAAF President Primo Nebiolo announced the most important innovations of the 1999 International Athletics Calendar.

There will be a total of 42 international outdoor meetings sanctioned by the IAAF in 1999 (see below for dates) but the IAAF Council must approve the details (including status) at its next meeting on November 19-20 in Monaco.

Although the highlight of the year will be the 7th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, which takes place in Seville on August 20-29, there are a number of other significant events including the World Indoor Championships in Maebashi, Japan (5 March) and the World Cross Country Championships in Belfast (27/28 March). The latter event will be a contribution by the IAAF to the ongoing Peace Process by showing how athletics can help bring people together in a spirit of goodwill and friendship.

Following the successful introduction of the Golden League in 1998, which captured the public’s attention with its $1 million Jackpot, the IAAF will introduce an important innovation next season. In 1999 all Golden League Meetings will take place on Wednesday nights - something which will strengthen the series especially as a TV spectacle.

The complete Golden League timetable is:

June 30 - Oslo, 7 July - Rome, 4 August - Monaco, 11 August - Zurich, 1 September - Brussels and 8 September - Berlin. Paris is on standby and will take place on July 21, either as a Grand Prix or Golden League event.

The 1999 Golden League disciplines are:

200m, 800m, 3000 m steeplechase, 110m hurdles, Long Jump, Pole Vault and Javelin

200m, 800m, 3000m, 400m hurdles, High Jump

Only athletes who have competed in all Golden League Meetings, the Final and, if selected, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, will be eligible for the Golden League Jackpot.

In a special ceremony later this evening the IAAF will present its Silver Order of Merit to three men who have demonstrated their service to the sport: Hanji Aoki (JPN) IAAF Vice President and President of the Japanese Athletic Association, Fermin Cacho (ESP) the 1992 Olympic Champion at 1500m and silver medallist at the 1996 Olympics and 1997 World Championships and Wilfried Meert (BEL), Meeting Director of the Memorial Van Damme in Brussels - a key component of the IAAF Golden League.

Sat 20 Sydney Track Classic Sydney, AUS
Thu 25 Melbourne Track Classic Melbourne, AUS
Fri 26 Engen Grand Prix II Cape Town, RSA
Sat 03 Vodacom All Africa Invitational Johannesburg, RSA
Sun 02 Grand Prix Brasil de Atletismo Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Sat 08 Meeting du Conseil Général Fort de France,La Martinique, FRA
Sat 08 IAAF Japan Grand Prix in Osaka ‘99 Osaka, JPN
Thu 13 Qatar International Athletic Meet Doha, QAT
Sun 16 adidas Oregon Track Classic Portland, USA
Sat 22 Jamaica Invitational Games Kingston, JAM
Sun 23 US Open Tbd, USA
Fri 28 16 Gran Premio Diputacion Seville, ESP
Sun 30 Prefontaine Classic Eugene, USA
Sun 30 Adriaan Paulen Memorial Hengelo, NED
Sun 06 LG Athletics Stuttgart, GER
Tue 08 Slovnaft ’99 Bratislava, SVK
Thu 10 Ericsson GP II Helsinki, FIN
Fri 11 Live ’99 Nürnberg, GER
Sun 13 Meeting Vittel du Pas de Calais Lille, FRA
Tue 15 Notturna di Milano Milan, ITA
Wed 16 Tsiklitiria Athens, GRE
Thu 24 Meeting di Atletica Leggera Turin, ITA
Sun 27 British Grand Prix II (status tbc) Gateshead, GBR
Wed 30 Bislett Games Oslo, NOR
Fri 02 Athletissima Lausanne, SUI
Sat 03 International Meeting Budapest, HUN
Sat 03 Meeting de Saint Denis St Denis, FRA
Mon 05 Zagreb ‘99 Zagreb, CRO
Wed 07 Golden Gala Rome, ITA
Sat 17 Nikaïa '99 Nice, FRA
Wed 21 Meeting Gaz de France Paris, FRA
Mon 26 Zipfer Gugl Grand Prix II Linz, AUT
Thu 29 Meeting Ciutat de Barcelona Barcelona, ESP
Fri 30 DN Galan Stockholm, SWE
Wed 04 Herculis Monte Carlo, MON
Sat 07 British Grand Prix (status tbc) Sheffield, GBR
Sun 08 Weltklasse in Köln Cologne, GER
Wed 11 Weltklasse Zürich Zürich, SUI
Wed 01 Memorial Van Damme Brussels, BEL
Sun 05 Rieti ’99 Rieti, ITA
Wed 08 ISTAF '99 Berlin, GER
Sat 11 (tbc) IAAF Golden League/Grand Prix Final Munich, GER
Wed 15 (tbc) `99 International Super Track & Field Meet Tokyo, JPN
Sun 19 ITC International New Delhi, IND


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