EUGENE, Ore. — World Athletics will use $2 million in doping fines it has obtained from Russia to extend the prize pool on the subsequent two world championships.
Seb Coe, the president of the federation, stated Sunday that prize cash would enhance by $1 million at worlds in 2022 in Eugene and in 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.
“I used to be very eager to be sure that bought again into the arms of fresh athletes,” Coe stated throughout a gathering with reporters at U.S. monitor and discipline trials.
It means every of the 44 occasions could have $23,000 added to the pool. Normally, the highest eight finishers obtain cash. World Athletics hasn’t but determined methods to divvy up the additional winnings.
Russia paid a $5 million positive as a part of its reinstatement into monitor and discipline after a years-long scandal by which investigators uncovered a state-sponsored plan to assist athletes dope with out getting caught.
World Athletics has accredited 62 monitor and discipline athletes from Russia who may very well be eligible to compete on the Tokyo Video games beneath the “licensed impartial athlete” plan. Nevertheless, solely 10 of them will truly be allowed to participate within the meet.
Coe stated the $5 million can be higher off shared with athletes than simply sitting in World Athletics’ normal fund.
“My view is it has been laborious, bloody pounding for the athletes for the final 12 months and a half,” he stated.
The elevated prize cash is along with an athlete fund that got here from donations and supplied as much as $3000 to 193 athletes from 58 international locations for meals, dwelling and coaching bills.