Lon­don to host in­au­gu­ral Ath­let­ics World Cup

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS - LON­DON -REUTERS

Lon­don will host the in­au­gu­ral Ath­let­ics World Cup event this sum­mer fea­tur­ing eight top na­tions in­clud­ing the United States and Ja­maica, British Ath­let­ics an­nounced.

Bri­tain, the United States, Poland, China, Ger­many, France, Ja­maica and South Africa will com­pete at the Lon­don Sta­dium on July 14-15.

The tour­na­ment fol­lows last year's world ath­let­ics cham­pi­onships in the British cap­i­tal, which also hosted the Olympics in 2012. The com­pe­ti­tion for­mat will fea­ture all field events and track events up to and in­clud­ing the 1500m, with just one man and one woman from each na­tion in each event.

Each na­tion will be com­pet­ing for a $2 mil­lion prize pot over two evening ses­sions of ath­let­ics un­der the lights.

"It's great to see such an ex­cit­ing head-to-head event con­firmed to be tak­ing place in Lon­don this sum­mer -- the con­cept is one that will ex­cite ev­ery­one in ath­let­ics and is sure to at­tract new fans to the sport," said Olympic and world 400m cham­pion Wayde van Niek­erk. Se­bas­tian Coe, pres­i­dent of ath­let­ics' world gov­ern­ing body the IAAF, hailed the "in­no­va­tive" event.

"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." UK Ath­let­ics chief ex­ec­u­tive Niels de Vos told AFP he was con­fi­dent the event would cap­ture the at­ten­tion of the sport­ing world, even though it clashes with the World Cup fi­nal in Rus­sia and the Wim­ble­don fi­nals.

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