ATHLETICS WORLD CUP
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.