We told you something MASSIVE was coming and here it is!
— British Athletics (@BritAthletics) February 5, 2018
British Athletics announced on Monday the Athletics World Cup London 2018, a competition set to debut on July 14-15.
Eight of the world’s top nations will field athletics teams at the two-day event this summer at London’s Olympic Stadium. Canada, whose team was shut out of the medal standings at the 2017 IAAF World Championships, is not included in the participating nations, according to British Athletics.
A $2 million prize pot is up for grabs. The competition format includes all field events and track disciplines up to and including the 1,500m. One man and one woman from each nation will compete in the straight-final.
The invited nations include the United States, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa.
The emergence of the athletics world cup event comes in an off-year in international athletics as the next IAAF World Championships will be in 2019 and the next Olympic Games in 2020. The 2018 events to watch for internationally include the IAAF World Indoor Championships and Commonwealth Games.