Sebastian Coe looks forward to full stadiums in Tokyo for worlds

Sebastian Coe, president of World Athletics, is looking forward to seeing Tokyo’s National Stadium packed with fans for the 2025 World Championships, but says the sport will feel the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic through 2028.

Coe, speaking on Sunday in Eugene, Oregon, after the Diamond League finals, said the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics until 2021 had created a logjam in the global calendar that is a challenge for athletes and coaches.

“I think people were very naive about the impact that just moving the Olympic Games one year was going to have,” Coe said.