The IAAF's Diamond League Is a Total Joke

Eduardo HarariContributor IJune 20, 2009

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - AUGUST 18:  Sherone Simpson of Jamaica in action on her way to winning the Women's 100m race during the IAAF Golden League Weltklasse Zurich meeting at the Stadion Letzigrund on August 18, 2006 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

As a journalist and a avid follower of IAAF events, I feel that the Diamond League is not just a joke but also an insult to the intelligence of IAAF followers around the world.

 

How can you say that you are giving the world the opportunity to see high quality athletes when 10 out of the 14 cities selected are in Europe. This should be called The European Circuit and not the Diamond League.

 

Look at your top athletes and examine were they come from. The last time I looked at the 100, 200, 400, 800 meters most of the top ranked athletes are from the Caribbean Region. And if you further evaluate the actual origin of some of the other athletes you will see that they are from the same region but competing under a different flag.

 

Here is the question that the IAAF should ask themselves when evaluating sites for the events. Should Jamaica, Bahamas, Bermuda and other countries not have the chance to see their athletes compete in their home turf?