Athletics World Cup launched in London

06 Feb 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

A new Athletics World Cup will take place in London this summer, with eight top nations competing, after British Athletics confirmed details of the competition, scheduled for 14th and 15th July.

Great Britain will be joined by the United States, South Africa, Poland, France, China, Germany and Jamaica, with one male and one female athlete from each nation competing in all field and track events up to 1500m.

Just one man and one women from each nation will be selected in each event.

The countries will be competing for prize money of $2m (£1.42m) over two evening sessions at London Stadium – scheduled for the same weekend as the FIFA World Cup final in Russia and the Wimbledon tennis finals.

Athletics will return to the London Stadium less than a year after the capital become the first city ever to stage both the World Para Athletics and IAAF World Athletics Championships in the same year.

Registrations are now open at www.athleticsworldcup.org, with a ballot for tickets held in April.

Richard Bowker CBE, chair, UK Athletics 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.”

To mark 100 years since British women were given the right to vote, and as part of the  Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, the first edition of the event will see all nations select a female athlete as team captain.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: “When it comes to hosting world-class sport, no other city does it quite like London. Holding the first-ever World Para Athletics and World Athletics Championships together in London last summer, will live long in the memory and we are again looking forward to welcoming the world’s best athletes and sports fans from around the globe to our great city.

“It’s fitting that each nation competing in the Athletics World Cup will be captained by a woman as we mark the centenary of the first women securing the right to vote, I am delighted British Athletics has joined me in the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to support the continuing success of women and our push for greater gender equality from all backgrounds.”

IAAF president, Sebastian Coe summarised: “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. This will be a fast-paced and exhilarating experience for athletes and fans.”

The previously announced athletics competition 'The Meet' has now been cancelled, but its concept of Great Britain competing solely against the United States could be reconsidered in 2019.