Bad Wigins wrote:
The final for a championship should pit the top 8 to 12 against each other from the year's form chart through July. No heats or semis, straight to the final, and with a pacemaker. If your country has 8 of them, you send 8. If it has none of them, it sends nobody. It's time to stop pretending that track is a competition between nations and respect the quality of fast performances.
This would make track great again. Every race, all year long, would be a potential finals qualifier.
From a purest’s point of view perhaps.
However, the Olympics is the biggest show on earth. The dollars involved are staggering. If events are dominated by one country how do you think that would impact viewership? Television advertising dollars pay, host country tax dollars pay, the IOC chips in monies, ticket sales, tourism etc. the US quite possibly is the IOC’s most lucrative market. After the US, I am not so sure but it is safe to assume other weathly nations make up the list and that is the audience advertising dollars are after and the IOC knows that. The IOC knows who butters their bread. International appeal has to be respected. The Olympics represent so many good ideals that need to be spread all over the world.