I’m generally pretty positive about the whole thing, staging it in a non world champs / Olympic year makes sense, the US should send a full strength team as they have no other demands this year. I can’t fathom why they’ve excluded the 3k steeple and the 5k, the steeple doesn’t take a huge amount of time to complete and if they’re concerned about fitting everything into the schedule they could swap the 5k for a 3k.
If they’re thinking about doing things differently and experimenting with new ideas why not include an all-star team. Far too many of the likes of Schippers, Miller-Uibo, Rojas, Warholm, Pearson and Barshim will be watching it at home
Not many thoughts have surfaced on the World Cup, so I thought I would try to revive debate.
No Oceania, no Africa, no Asia as entire concepts.
No distance events.
One thing I’m not sure of since I haven’t read the small print, is whether or not there will be some kind of relegation and promotion? I assume its not a one off, and its not inter-continental, so I suppose there is no reason you couldn’t have one in one out each year?
I’m looking forward to it but I can’t imagine it being a priority for many athletes, I doubt there’s a lot of credibility that will follow; for example I can’t see it in the 100m at the 2019 world champs, with Steve Cram going “here’s Andre De Grasse in lane 5 then, world cup winner of course!”
Happy for it just to be a small ‘battle of the nations’ competition, but this ‘world cup’ only places it on a pedestal it will fall very quickly from.
It’s what the European Team Championships are to the European Championships, enjoyable somewhat – but its strongest year will probably be the first.
I thought this was a UKA event and not an official IAAF championship. There is substantial prize money which, hopefully, will appeal to many athletes. A bit more pressure and I think it’s still possible to include a 3000m. Assume field events will have restrictions on the number of attempts.
UKA need to sell a lot of tickets to make this work otherwise they will take a financial hit. Something had to be put in the stadium in order to justify the track!
You are right , Geoff.
Seb Coe is backing the event, but gives credit to British Athletics for creating it.
It does say this is the ‘inaugural’ edition, so I guess the plan is to repeat the event.
I’m all in favour of finding ways to keep the London Stadium active in the summer, and I suppose any renewal might be in London as well.