UK Athletics and USA Track & Field (USATF) have announced that they will hold a new one-day event in London next year.
The competition, which will be called ‘The Meet’, will see teams made up of some of the two countries’ best athletes go head to head, competing for points across nine running, jumping, hurdles and relay events. The official list of participants will be released in the build-up to the competition.
The Meet is scheduled to take place at the London Stadium, formerly the Olympic Stadium, on 21st July 2018, will last only two hours, and will feature a new, fast-paced format which has been designed to appeal to new audiences.
Niels de Vos, chief executive officer of UK Athletics, said: “The Meet will provide audiences with a fantastic head-to-head match between UK Athletics and USA Track & Field, and promises to be one of the biggest events in athletics in 2018.
“We are delighted to host Team USATF here in London, in an event that will excite spectators in the best athletics stadium in the world. This event will thrill a whole new generation of athletics fans who have attended the London Stadium in their hundreds of thousands for the Muller Anniversary Games, World Para Athletics Championships and IAAF World Championships.”
“USATF is thrilled to collaborate and innovate with British Athletes on The Meet,” added Max Siegel, chief executive of USATF. “Team competition captures the attention of fans in a way that brings excitement, attention and focus to our sport. The Meet will bring track and field back to the future by reviving dual-meet team competition in a way that caters to modern fans.”