A star-studded line-up is expected to compete in Doha for the first Diamond League meet of the year.

With less than two weeks to go until the Qatari city hosts the event, a number of high-profile names have had their places confirmed by Dahlan Al Hamad, president of the Qatar Athletics Association.

In a statement released on the IAAF website, Al Hamad said: "We are keeping the tradition of bringing on elite athletes in Doha alive and we respect our commitment for high quality standards in every field of this great one-day event.

"Introducing a roster like that is an essential prerequisite for yet another successful Doha Diamond League meeting."

The city has become the traditional host of the opening series of events which will take place in 14 cities across the world, comprising of the top athletes.

It has been revealed that this year there will be a total of 10 Olympic champions and a further 25 Olympic medallists competing in the opening meet.

400m runner LaShawn Merritt and 800m world record-holder David Rudisha will top the bill, with Asbel Kiprop competing in the 1500m with Brimin Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi the other male track Olympic champions competing.

High jumper Ivan Ukhov and triple jumper Christian Taylor - along with female champions Valerie Adams and Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce - will also compete.

Adams has long been the most successful female athlete and comes into the meet unbeaten since August 2010, a run of 46 finals. She has won two Olympic golds and four world championship titles.

So, despite the absence of the fastest man in the world in Usain Bolt, there are still plenty of names to whet the appetite and an exciting competition is in prospect.

The action kicks off on May 9 and will finish on September 5 in Brussels. The competition will come to London in July and Birmingham in August.

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