General Secretary of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), Garth Gayle, has welcomed the introduction of the Athletics World Cup to the track and field calendar and revealed that Jamaica will be sending a team to the inaugural staging this summer.
The Athletics World Cup that will be hosted by British Athletics, will feature the top eight countries in the world. The hosts will be joined by United States, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa on July 14 and 15 at London’s Olympic stadium. The competition that will coincide with the final of Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will take place in evening sessions over the two days with each nation competing for a prize pool of US$2 million.
Gayle said Jamaica is always looking for new avenues of earning for its elite athletes.
“We will be looking to participate in this new event,” he told SportsMax.TV on Monday.
“Where ever possible that we can showcase Jamaica’s talent the JAAA stands ready to do so. We are always seeking to provide that avenue in which our elite athletes can do well and have the possibility to earn.”
British Athletics is envisioning big things for this competition.
“The Athletics World Cup London 2018 will be one of the biggest athletics events in 2018 and as such we’re thrilled to be able to launch it at the London Stadium,” said Richard Bowker, the chair of UK Athletics.
“This is a world-class competition where nation will face nation and fans will see an amazing feast of athletics over two days featuring many of the biggest global superstars in the world of sport.
“This will be an incredible event which we are thrilled to be able to launch on the back of a highly-successful World Championships last summer.”
The competition format will feature all track and field events up to, and including, the 1500 metres.
One man and one woman from the eight nations will contest each event in a straight final format.
Each nation will select a female athlete as their team captain for the competition.