Samsung Diamond League is a top annual series of track and field meets which has been held globally from 2010 onwards. It has replaced the previous Golden League, which has been held annually since 1998. There will be 14 individual meets holding in different cities throughout Asia, North America and Europe. The Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, as the most successful track and field competition in Asia, has been invited to join Diamond League since 2010. Among the 14 cities, Shanghai and Doha are the only two stops in Asia.
Diamond League Shanghai is annually held in May at Shanghai Stadium. The 2012 competition is scheduled on May 19th. According to IAAF Diamond League rules, only top 20 ranked athletes are entitled to this event, including Olympic champions, world champions and world record holders.
As the best track and field event in the world, Diamond League is crucial to each athlete. With the exception of the Finale, the top three athletes of each meet will be awarded double scores. Hence the number of competitions they take part in and their performance will directly impact their year-end world ranking. Diamond League will award a four-karat diamond ring, in value of USD 80,000 to athletes who have won the highest scores in each discipline at the end of the Diamond League season, on top of regular game fees and bonuses, which is an important symbol of the Diamond League.
The IAAF rules require 32 disciplines to be contested at Diamond League with 16 disciplines being staged by each meet on a rotational basis.
The disciplines of 2012 Diamond League Shanghai are as follow:
Women: 200m, 400m, 1500m, 3000mSC, High Jump, Long Jump, Discus Throw
Date: 19th May, 2012
Venue: Shanghai Stadium
Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co. Ltd. is founded by Shanghai Dragon Investment (now Shanghai Guo Sheng Group), and co-invested by Hong Kong Sunrise Group, Taihe Media Group, Shanghai East Asia Sports & Recreation Center and Beijing Starz International Sports Management Co., Ltd. The Chairman of the board is Dr. Shi Derong, Chairman of Shanghai Guo Sheng Group, and Mrs. Mary Gu is appointed as Managing Director.
Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co. Ltd. has held the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix since 2005, and achieved great success in the past five years. Since March 2010, it is officially sanctioned to hold Diamond League Shanghai. Diamond League is upgraded from Golden League, and is a top annual series of athletics to be held throughout the world. Diamond League Shanghai is annually held in May at Shanghai Stadium.
The main objective of staging this meet for Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co. Ltd. is to promote China athletics development and to put China on the world’s athletics map, especially in Olympic Games. The world’s top ranking athletic elites are mostly on the list for the meeting. With a team of national and international athletic management experts, the world-class Diamond League Shanghai Meet is striving to win great complements from athletes, coaches, and professionals of IAAF at large.
Being the management company of an elite sports event, Shanghai Golden Grand Prix Co. Ltd. has always given priority to sponsors and partners’ interests. The Company’s long term goal is to become a market leader in sports marketing and international sports event management arenas.