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When? Satur­day 14 & Sun­day 15 July 2018

Where? The Lon­don Sta­dium

What? An eight-na­tion head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion, with points for places (8 points for vic­tory fol­lowed by 7-1 points for places sec­ond to eighth re­spec­tively) cul­mi­nat­ing in the in­au­gu­ral Ath­let­ics World Cup cham­pi­ons be­ing crowned on Sun­day 15 July

Who? Great Bri­tain & North­ern Ire­land, Poland, Ger­many, South Africa, China, Ja­maica, USA, France

Why these eight na­tions specif­i­cally? Fea­tur­ing all field and track events up to and in­clud­ing the 1500m, the Ath­let­ics World Cup will star the world’s eight lead­ing ath­let­ics na­tions over those dis­ci­plines based on the 2017 world rank­ing points

THE IN­AU­GU­RAL Ath­let­ics World Cup is com­ing to Lon­don this sum­mer and it is a two-day spec­tac­u­lar that is not to be missed.

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of Lon­don 2017 which saw the cap­i­tal be­come the first city ever to stage both the World Para Ath­let­ics and IAAF World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in the same year, fans of the sport will once again see the best coun­tries com­pet­ing in the UK, in the great­est ath­let­ics sta­dium in the world.

Run­ning from July 14-15, ath­letes from the world’s top eight na­tions – Great Bri­tain & North­ern Ire­land, Poland, Ger­many, South Africa, China, Ja­maica, USA and France – will take part in a fiercely con­tested points-scor­ing event.

All track events from 100m through to 1500m, in­clud­ing the 4x100m and 4x400m re­lays, will be in­cluded in the pro­gramme, along with every field event for both men and women.

One male and one fe­male ath­lete will com­pete in each of the dis­ci­plines, and all na­tions will be led by fe­male team captains in hon­our of cel­e­brat­ing 100 years since women first se­cured the right to vote in the United King­dom.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of UK Ath­let­ics and the Ath­let­ics World Cup, Niels de Vos, says: “The Ath­let­ics World Cup is a con­cept that we are ex­cited to be able launch this sum­mer.

“With no global out­door cham­pi­onships this year, it gives us the chance to wel­come some of the big­gest names from across the world back to Lon­don to com­pete for the crown of be­ing named the in­au­gu­ral World Cup Cham­pi­ons.

“To have the top na­tions across the world un­der one roof is a great priv­i­lege and with every po­si­tion count­ing, the stakes are higher than ever.

“With the men’s and women’s re­lays clos­ing off both ses­sions, the com­pe­ti­tion prom­ises to be a real fight to the end for the ti­tle of Ath­let­ics World Cup cham­pi­ons.”

Fol­low­ing its for­mal an­nounce­ment on Fe­bru­ary 5, the LOC of the Ath­let­ics World Cup last week re­vealed that they have re­ceived 225,000 ticket re­quests fol­low­ing a reg­is­tra­tion process, an up­date to which de Vos adds: “With over 225,000 ticket re­quests so far the ap­petite from the pub­lic has been fan­tas­tic to say and proves once again that ath­let­ics is a sport that the Bri­tish pub­lic love com­ing out to watch.”

Ses­sions on both days will run from 7pm-10pm, with each ses­sion fea­tur­ing an even split of eight field events and nine track events.

The Cup draws to a close with the men’s 100m and 4x400m and women’s 4x100m on the evening of Sun­day 15 July, with the vic­to­ri­ous na­tion then stand­ing atop the podium to be pre­sented with the Ath­let­ics World Cup along­side the win­ning prize pot of $2m.

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