Despite The Risks Posed By Covid-19, Seb Coe Remains Hopeful About The Upcoming Year

Despite The Risks Posed By Covid-19, Seb Coe Remains Hopeful About The Upcoming Year

Seb Coe, President of the World Athletics Federation (WAF), is optimistic that the global athletics governing body is well-equipped and knowledgeable to continue organizing top-level championships while dealing with the issues given by Covid-19.

Even as the latest coronavirus variety, Omicron, continues to cause global anxiety, Coe stated on Wednesday that his organization is striving to ensure a full stadium for next year’s World Championships in Eugene, USA. Despite the risks posed by covid-19, Seb Coe remains hopeful about the upcoming running season.

In a conference call with African journalists, the WA President said his organization was working with the World Championships in Eugene’s local organising committee to ensure seamless ticket sales and minimize the spectator apathy seen at the last global track and field meeting in Doha in 2019.

The 2022 World Championships will be held in Eugene, Oregon, from July 15 to 28 at the brand new Hayward Field Stadium in the center of the University of Oregon.

“Whenever we hold a World Championships, we must do everything we can to ensure that our seats are completely full,” Seb Coe stated.

“And it’s not only the LOC’s work” (Local Organising Committee). At World Athletics, we need to do the same thing to ensure that we have all of the proper initiatives in place to assist sell tickets.”

He admitted that it will be easier to navigate through the virus with better knowledge about Covid-19 and sports having devised protocols to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19) at events.

But, given the virus’s unpredictable nature, he admitted that nothing about the plan could be guaranteed.

“Whenever we hold a World Championships, we must do everything we can to ensure that our seats are completely full,” Lord Coe stated.
“We know a lot more about Covid-19’s management, both medically and inside our own venues.”

“Our health and science teams have probably set the bar for the rest of the globe in terms of ensuring that we produce events that are both safe and secure for the athletes and, more importantly, for the communities that host our events.”

“However, the globe is currently in a state of flux. We’ll have all the norms and procedures in place, but we can’t guarantee that our borders will remain open if the epidemic takes a turn for the worst.

“We don’t have enough information to say whether this variety (omicron) is more contagious but doesn’t cause more disease… I’m afraid we’ll have to wait for scientists and governments to decide on a course of action.

“However, we will do everything possible to ensure that the stadium in Oregon is full and that people can travel, but we certainly cannot open borders that have been closed by governments.” This is still a challenge for us.”

The WA President believes that the coming year – and the next four seasons – will be critical for the sport, and that he is pleased that the United States has finally agreed to host a worldwide competition, given their unique position as the world’s largest sports market.

The 2014 World Junior (under-20) Championships in Eugene and the 1992 World Cross Country Championships in Boston were the most recent major international sports championships hosted by the United States.

“There are four main athletics events on the calendar, as well as the European Championships” (next year).

“For the next four years, we’ll have a global championship every year, which means we’ll have to work closely with all of our organising committees.”

“The United States is critical to the growth of the sport for us.” It’s the world’s greatest sports market, and it’s also an opportunity for your players to expand their competitive horizons and raise their reputation in a critical market.”

“We also have the Under-20 World Championships in Cali (Colombia) following Oregon 2022, and the World Under-20 Championships in Lima, Peru the following year.”

“Not only in the United States but also in South America, this is a fantastic chance.”

Coe also praised athletics’ achievements in 2021, claiming that the sport is in great shape, as evidenced by both athletes’ achievements and success at the just ended Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“As a sport, we’ll be in great form by 2021.” We had to keep focused in order to produce the championships and establish a platform for the athletes, which we achieved, and the Tokyo Olympic Games, especially for African athletes, was a critical platform… then, oh my goodness! they snatched that stage with both hands!”

“At the same time, we preserved all of our contests, as well as the workstreams that we believe, are critical to the growth of our sport.”

WA also altered their competition calendar, which increased interest in the second-tier Continental Tour one-day meeting series, according to the former Olympic champion and middle distance world record holder.

“I’m grateful to the Kenyan federation in particular for their assistance in spreading that footprint in Africa for us,” he said, praising the Kip Keino Classic’s success on September 18.

Athletics emerged from the Tokyo Olympics “unquestionably as the number one Olympic sport,” according to Coe.

“I’m not going to go into depth about that (IOC statistics) because that’s data we’re not sharing in terms of numbers,” said Coe, who is also a member of the IOC.

“But for the most part, I can just give you a broad direction: We came out of Tokyo as the most broadcast sport, with millions of viewers, during broadcast hours.”

“We also had the most articles created, and undoubtedly the most pieces shared throughout our social media channels, resulting in a worldwide discourse involving millions of people.”

“Our strategic partnerships – and these were really significant: In broadcast, we extended broadcast arrangements with NBC and, most importantly for Africa, with the European Broadcast Union, which not only stretches into Europe, but also into Africa, and that’s really vital.”

“Both contracts have been extended until 2029 with a healthy increase,” says the spokesperson.

Coe emphasized the significance of the World Athletics World Plan, characterizing it as a crucial roadmap that will pave the way for the coming years.

“It establishes 19 goals and 67 different actions. It expands on the four-year strategy plan, which has four pillars: more people, more involvement, more partnerships, and a larger fan base.

“The top lines from that will help us, especially given Covid-19’s global focus on healthy communities is driving kids’ athletics, not only as a way of encouraging more young people into our sport but also as a way of contributing to that drive to make our communities fitter and healthier – as athletics is the most accessible sport to communities globally.”

WA will continue to develop the athletes’ pathways from the playground to the podium, according to Coe.

“We have innovation in our competitions, which is another key element of our World Plan – encouraging more regional and local competitions, which is important for athletes to be able to show their talents to their local communities, and broadening our relationships with governments and non-government organisations around health and fitness, connecting athletes to causes they care about.”

He emphasized the importance of athletes’ voices being heard on environmental issues during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

“More than 75% (of the athletes) feel strongly enough to want the world to do something about this (climate change) and to listen to them.” As a result, we’ll be turning into a campaign organisation.”


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July 2022
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