Adriaan Paulen, the new president of the International Amateur Athletic Federation, who in the 1920s was an Olympic 400- and 800-meter man, paid a visit to Washington in January to bring the good news that track and field will finally have its own world championship. "It is a pity," he said, "that the best athletes of the world only compete together once every four years in the Olympics. Youth, in Europe especially, is going over to other sports because it doesn't have enough meetings in track and field." The IAAF has come up with a plan to stage biennial "World Cups," patterned after the European Cup, which is held in the years between the Olympic Games. The first World Cup is scheduled for D�sseldorf, West Germany, Sept. 2-4.
The format of the cup competition is unusual: only finals will be held, with one athlete in every event from each of the eight participating teams. One team will come from the U.S., two others will represent the top two nations in this summer's European Cup and the remaining five teams will be composed of the best athletes from the rest of Europe, the Western Hemisphere (outside the U.S.). Asia, Africa and Oceania.
There are obvious weaknesses in the plan. For instance, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad will have to decide who should compete in the 100-meter dash from the Western Hemisphere—Silvio Leonard, Donald Quarrie or Hasely Crawford. And in some cases the silver medal will go not to the second best in the world in a particular event, but to the fourth, eighth, or worse. Perhaps only gold medals should be awarded.
Whatever, the prospect of a major international athletic event with neither medal counts nor national anthems is exhilarating. The World Cup might well turn out to be a festival among athletes rather than a showdown among nations.
SMALL-TOWN HORSE MAKES GOOD
Trusty Time was a buggy horse for an Amish farmer near Columbus, Ohio until his tendency to (you'll pardon the expression) come unglued when confronted by trucks on the highway caused his owner to make one too many trips to the buggy repair shop.
Last October Trusty Time went first to a horse trader and then, for $400, to Don Jacobs, a harness horse trainer from Mount Sterling, Ohio. Jacobs bought the 4-year-old bay gelding for use as a saddle horse, but Trusty's speed caught the trainer's eye. Trusty was fitted to a sulky and soon was pacing in claiming races at Lebanon Raceway in Ohio. From there he graduated to Northfield Park and to date he has had seven wins in nine starts, all by two lengths or more. His earnings for owner-driver-trainer Jacobs are more than $5,000.
Last week Trusty was sold once more, this time for $25,000 to a Cleveland man who put him in a van and sent him out on the road again, this time heading for New York. Providing Trusty Time can cope with taxicabs, his first race in the big time will be this Saturday at Roosevelt Raceway.
Gladys Heldman thinks of everything. The foremother of women's professional tennis in America has announced the Lionel Cup championship, a four-week circuit to begin March 14, thereby filling in virtually the only remaining space on the tennis calendar.