Now ‘World Cup’ For Athletics

Now 'World Cup' For Athletics - InsideSport

Now the sport of Athletics will have WORLD CUP of its own. Athletics which till date is considered an individual sport will for the first time experiment with a unique concept where now nation will compete against the nation for the WORLD CUP trophy.

London has been named as the inaugural host of the World Cup and according to the British Athletics, the top eight nations will compete against each other at the London Stadium on 14th and 15th July. Apart from the host Great Britain, United States, China, Germany, France, Jamaica, South Africa and Poland will compete for $2 Million prize money.

Unique features of the World Cup

– The format of the inaugural World Cup event will feature all track and field events up to and including the 1500 meters.

– The teams will be led only by female captains.

– The two-day event will see one male and one female athlete from each nation selected straight into a final contest

– The competition to be held over two evening sessions under floodlights at the London Stadium, venue of the 2012 Olympic Games

– The prize pot on offer – $2m (£1.45m)

All the above features form part of the sport’s attempt to revive itself.

UK Athletics chair Richard Bowker said: “This is world-class competition where nation will face nation and fans will see an amazing feast of athletics over two days featuring many of the biggest global superstars in the world of sport. This will be an incredible event which we are thrilled to be able to launch on the back of a highly successful World Championships last summer.”

IAAF president Sebastien Coe also welcomed the announcement. “This is one of the exciting innovative events we are seeing in our sport,” he said.

“We have eight lanes, eight top nations, eight teams and a host of world-class athletes lining up in each event to win the trophy and prize pot.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “We are again looking forward to welcoming the world’s best athletes and sports fans from around the globe to our great city.”

UK athletics is expecting that the prize money for the World Cup will be largely funded through ticket sales and would be split between teams with $450,000 going to the winners, down to $100,000 for eighth place.