The season starts as usual in Doha, Qatar, although the date has been moved to April 17 from a usual early-May slot. Other changes include Gateshead replacing Birmingham as the second stop in England. The Birmingham stadium is being renovated for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Zurich will host the finals on Sept. 11, with Brussels remaining on the circuit as a non-finals meeting. The only American stop is on June 7 at Eugene, Oregon, the 2021 world championships host. To entice television viewers, meetings will have a 90-minute international broadcast slot instead of two hours. It will focus on 11 or 12 disciplines.
The IAAF says it is creating a second-tier World Athletics Continental Tour series promoting events edged out of Diamond League broadcasts.
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