Seb Coe insists athletics needs to stay at London Stadium amid talks UK Athletics (UKA) could relocate its major events to Birmingham after the commonwealth games.
There will be no top-flight athletics at the former Olympic Stadium this summer for the third year running with doubts it will ever return.
Discussions are in the early stages between the stadium owners E20 and UKA about a multi-million-pound pay off to bring a premature end to the 50-year deal to host athletics at the venue.
World Athletics boss Coe, who was also the mastermind behind London 2012, said: “We want to keep a world-class track-and-field facility in London. I want London to remain a stopping point for international athletics.”