23 April, 2020

Bislett Alliance launches Impossible Games in Oslo

  • © Hasse Sjögren

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the Bislett Games will not take place as planned on June 11 in a conventional competition format. The organisers have instead devised an alternative Wanda Diamond League exhibition event: The Impossible Games.

The concept will see a number of world-class athletes take part in a one-off, showpiece event in full observation of Norway’s coronavirus regulations and social distancing rules. 

The programme is currently set to include a world record attempt from Norwegian hurdles star Karsten Warholm and a long-distance pole vault battle between world record holder Mondo Duplantis and record Diamond League Champion Renaud Lavillenie. 

Organisers were nonetheless keen to stress that the full programme is yet to be confirmed and subject to changes.

The hour-long event will be shown live by Norway’s public broadcaster NRK, and will be partly financed by the Norwegian National Athletics Association and World Athletics. 

“This is really positive news for athletes and fans and promises, even in this early stage, to be another great night of athletics from the Bislett stadium. Congratulations to the Oslo Bislett Games for dreaming this up and following it through, working within the pandemic guidelines set out in Norway,” said World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.

“We are delighted to support the event by releasing the funds World Athletics makes to each Diamond League event but with one caveat, which is that the entire amount we are contributing goes to prize money for the athletes competing.”

Oslo meeting director and Bislett Alliance CEO Steinar Hoen said the athletes were “hungry for competitions”.

“We want to give them a high-class event. We have had a very positive dialogue with both the municipality of Oslo and the infection prevention superior in Oslo, and have confirmed a concept that is well within the government's infection control requirements,” he added.

For more information on the Bislett Alliance Impossible Games, click here.