Diamond League Almost Here...

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Brussels puts on a fantastic meetingWith just 9 days left until the Diamond League gets underway in Doha, this is the period of each season that's filled with excitement and optimism. The outdoor season is here, the world's top athletes are starting to throw down some early form markers and there is such a great deal to look forward to over the next four months.

The Diamond League has been a massive success, building upon the previous achievements of the six-event Golden League series. It was always great to see top European meetings take place throughout the season but the inclusion of events in China, Qatar and two in the USA has meant the competition is truly global these days.

A lot of people don't realise that many of the Diamond League meetings are so much more than simply a festival of athletics or a 'mini-Olympics in one night'... indeed a great number feature live music and spectacular firework displays plus other entertainment to create one incredible and memorable evening. Brussels is a personal favourite as the locals have such a great appetite and appreciation of world-class athletics - the atmosphere experienced as the 50,000-capacity crowd gets behind the action is something truly magical.

With the added bonus of London 2012, the European Championships and the World Junior Champs, the Diamond League will largely be overshadowed by events elsewhere this season - especially if you reside in England. From a personal perspective however, I can't wait for my first Diamond League trip of the year on 31st May when I'll be jetting off to Italy for the popular Rome meeting... 29 days and counting!

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