Demand for the 2018 Athletics World Cup in London has been high with more than a quarter of a million tickets requested for the inaugural event in July.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced that more than 250,000 requests for passes have been received so far, with the event only four months away.

The event, which will take place on July 14-15 at the London Stadium, will see the USA, UK, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa pitted against each other over two days in a points-scoring system.

Chief executive of the Athletics World Cup, Niels de Vos, said: “The reaction to the announcement of the tournament has been terrific, and the registration figures exceeding that of those seen in 2013 for the first ever Anniversary Games speaks volumes about the relationship the globe’s athletics fans have with the sport.

“With a limited window of time remaining before registrations close, I would urge anyone wishing to attend the Athletics World Cup to confirm their interest over on the website in order to be in with a chance of securing tickets.

“This event is the first of its kind, and with the top eight nations in the world in attendance it will be a weekend of world-class and highly competitive athletics in what is the world’s best athletics stadium.”

Featuring all eight field events alongside all track events from 100m through to the 1500m, plus 4x100m and 4x400m relays, each of the two Athletics World Cup sessions will feature an even split of eight field events and nine track events, with each evening building to finish with the relay races.

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