Athletics is the No. 1 Olympic sport according to the World Athletics 2021 annual report released on Tuesday. The report was prepared by Publicis Sport & Entertainment (PSE), an independent agency commissioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to collect and consolidate sports and event data from all continents.
“We were determined to keep our sport front and center and do everything we could to maintain national and international events, which gave the athletes the platform for the many outstanding performances we witnessed in Tokyo.” , said Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, in his opening message in the report.
“Athletes seized the opportunity after months of disruption and frustration, and did it again at the U20 World Athletics Championships in Nairobi. ‘to excel as the number one Olympic sport,’ the statement continued.
The most news articles (10,000) were written about athletics during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Athletics also recorded the most (2.2 million) hours broadcast of all sports at the Games, according to the World Athletics report.
Despite the prevailing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletics’ world governing body has been able to stage hundreds of events around the world, providing athletes with much-needed competition structure ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“The athlete prize money for the World Championships in Athletics has been increased by US$1 million. For the 2022 and 2023 editions, this will be covered by World Athletics by investing the sanction costs of the suspension and reinstatement process of the Russian Athletics Federation,” World Athletics said.
Despite the difficult conditions, World Athletics used adaptation, flexibility and creativity in 2021. No less than 11,000 athletes were able to participate in more than 100 elite competitions, including three World Series events. athletics and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
While the pandemic limited road races to 48 across the world in 2020, the number has risen to 84 in 2021.
World Athletics also reported strong financial results.
“Revenue for the year ending December 31, 2021, excluding the Olympic dividend, was flat at US$43.3 million. This included committed revenue through the Dentsu and EBU partnerships, which remain secure. With the inclusion of the Olympic dividend ($39.4 million), revenue for the year increased 87% to $83 million,” the World Athletics report states.