Nebiolo Aims to Improve Product
Primo Nebiolo, president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, aims to streamline the grand prix circuit from 1998 to put quality before quantity.
Nebiolo stressed the 1997 circuit, including two events in Britain, on 15 and 29 June, would be the last in its present form. "We don't have difficulty with having great meetings on the grand prix," Nebiolo told a Dublin news conference after the IAAF's annual calendar meeting. "The difficulty is to limit the number, and if it will be possible, to have a great super league."
Nebiolo did not outline the format of a super league, but he is believed to want a smaller circuit of elite meetings. "We must find new ways of packaging and presenting the circuit so as to stimulate the public, the media and the sponsors," he said. "The IAAF is studying a new concept and philosophy for the 1998 grand prix and the grand prix commission will meet again in April to discuss and propose details. …