A new World Cup event featuring eight top nations will take place at the London Stadium on July 14th and 15th 2021, British Athletics announced yesterday.
The format of the inaugural World Cup event will feature all field and track events up to and including the 1500 metres, with teams led by female captains.
The tournament follows on from London’s successful hosting of the World Athletics and World Para Athletics championships.
As well as Great Britain, confirmed participants are the United States, China, Germany, France, Jamaica, South Africa and Poland.
The two-day event will see one male and one female athlete from each nation selected straight into a final contest held during evening sessions under floodlights at the London Stadium, venue of the 2012 Olympic Games, with a prize pot on offer of £1.45 million.
Last summer’s Anniversary Games were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, London Stadium had been scheduled to host the event – also part of the Diamond League season – on 4-5 July 2020.
UK Athletics signed a 50 year lease of the London Stadium in 2013 which was renegotiated in 2018, they have thought to have a option of a second 50 year lease when the first one expires in 2063.