Renaud Lavillenie wins the pole vault at the IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014 (Getty Images)

World Athletics Continental Cup

About the event

Formerly known as the IAAF World Cup, this event changed format and name in 2010 to become the IAAF Continental Cup. This premier team competition of world athletics sees the greatest talents on earth compete, not for individual medals, but to accumulate points for their continental teams.

The Continental Cup is contested by mixed teams representing Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The event takes place over two or three days and is held generally in September, every four years.

History of host cities

2018 Ostrava, Czech Republic
2014 Marrakesh, Morocco
2010 Split, Croatia
2006 Athens, Greece
2002 Madrid, Spain
1998 Johannesburg, South Africa
1994 London, Great Britain
1992 Havana, Cuba
1989 Barcelona, Spain
1985 Canberra, Australia
1981 Rome, Italy
1979 Montreal, Canada
1977 Dusseldorf, Germany

Host city requirements

The following general requirements could be considered as necessary for the successful hosting of the event:

• Minimum population of 300,000

• Minimum 20,000-seat stadium

o Category 1 stadium certificate

o Eight-lane synthetic track

o Warm-up track

• One training venue

• At least 500 beds in four-star hotels for team accommodation

• International airport within city

Summary of financial obligations

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is responsible for overall management of the event budget.

The following are the main financial obligations of the organising committee:

• Pay full-board accommodation costs for the quota athletes and officials (approximately 460) for a maximum of 5 nights (if the competition is held over 3 days) or 4 nights (for a 2 day competition) in a 4* hotel;

• Charge not more than USD 100, per person per night, for full-board accommodation in twin rooms for additional athletes and team officials for a maximum of 5 nights;

• Pay travel (economy class) and full-board accommodation costs for the World Athletics Competition Delegates (approximately 23 people) and in addition the travel and full-board accommodation costs of the required site visits;

• Charge not more than USD 100 for bed & breakfast accommodation in a single rooms for members of the World Athletics Family accommodated in a 4* or 5* hotel;

• Pay any related cost for national competition officials;

• Pay full-board accommodation costs for the staff of the technology partner providing timing / chip timing services, a minimum of 22 people for a minimum of 10 nights and for one preliminary site visit;

• Pay full-board accommodation costs for the staff of the technology partner providing results and information services, a minimum of 21 people for a minimum of 9 nights and for one preliminary site visit;

• Pay at least 50% of the costs of these services provided by a company appointed by World Athletics (in the event World Athletics does not have a technology partner for the timing and/or results services);

• Pay for the provision of up to 100 Commentator Information System (CIS) terminals;

• Pay accommodation costs for the competition staff of Mondo, a minimum of 4 people for 9 nights;

• Provide free-of-charge World Athletics and Dentsu with equipped offices, including fast and secure internet connection, in their respective hotels and in the stadium;

• Pay the costs of a first-class event presentation including the services of the World Athletics event presentation team;

• Provide free-of-charge World Athletics and Dentsu with an agreed number of VVIP and VIP tickets in the main tribune, adequate hospitality for such ticket holders and an agreed number of parking passes;

• Pay the full-board accommodation costs for the accreditation company team (approximately 6 people for approximately 6 nights), as well as a contribution towards the cards (i.e., USD 2.50 per card issued). Cover any expenses for the shipped accreditation equipment to clear customs and contribute to a maximum of USD 1500. Cover 50% of the travel expenses of the accreditation company staff if the event is taking place outside of Europe. In addition, pay travel and full-board accommodation costs of the required site visits. Special requests from the LOC to the accreditation company will also be at the LOC’s expense;

• Pay the costs of the advertising boards, advertising materials and related services for the national sponsors;

• Pay the creation and registration of trademarks or brands as requested by World Athletics / Dentsu;

• Provide a free, live TV broadcast signal (as per specifications defined by World Athletics) via a host broadcaster (non-rights holder in home country) to be proposed by the LOC;

• Provide working facilities for TV commentators and media;

• Pay any tax that the host country’s government may levy on any prize money earned by the athletes;

• Pay any and all taxes in connection with the importation, exportation, transportation, installation and customs clearance of any VIK, premiums and promotional gift items of the commercial affiliates;

• Pay the costs for doping control organisation and implementation, including blood testing pre-competition (number of samples as requested by World Athletics) and approximately 40 competition urine tests and 20 EPO or other additional special analyses (e.g., IRMS) as requested by World Athletics;

• Provide appropriate medical organisation (health care and sports medicine services); as per World Athletics competition medical guidelines accessible on IAAF website;

• Pay for insurance policies as required by World Athletics, inclusive of operational activities of Dentsu and World Athletics commercial partners;

• Pay for the production of the bibs in case the LOC is granted the rights to commercialise the bibs.

Bidding summary

Frequency Duration Athletes/ officials Bidding Timelines Candidatures
Open Deadline Decision
Every 4 years 2 or 3 competition days 500 5 years prior 4.5 years prior 4.5 years prior


This information is intended to provide future organisers with general guidelines on the main requirements for the organisation of the event and is subject to change.