I thought in recent years Gymnastics had sell out crowds?
As for Rowing and cycling they had a totally separate criteria for selecting athletes to compete at champs, so I am not sure they are comparable to Swimming and Athletics.
Back to Athletics, the crowd has been declining at the trials for many years. I cannot believe how many athletes missed the trials this year. Yes Pozzi ran well in Paris, but really he should have been at the trials as should others. In future years more and more will claim an excemption, and then moan that they couldn’t get qualifying times, heights, distances as they didn’t get the necessary opportunities. Gabraz managed to show up.
I think as funded athletes the least they could do is turn up for the trials. It used to annoy me when Edwards ran the 100 and didn’t triple jump.