For the first time in the history of athletics, Belarus will host The Match of the world's strongest teams in Europe and the USA.
The European Athletic Association president Sven Arne Hansen initiated The Match. Such competitions haven’t been held since the 1960s-1970s, when a lot of interest was focused on major international match-ups, such as the USSR-USA match.
Dates: September 9-10, 2019.
Venue: National Olympic Stadium “Dinamo”.
About 300 athletes are expected to participate. Each event will see 8 athletes (four European representatives and four athletes from the USA). Final entries will be announced on Sunday 1 September.
Sport disciplines will include:
- hammer throw;
- triple jump;
- 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters tracks;
- 3,000 meters steeplechase;
- 4x100 meters relay;
- high jump;
- discus throw;
- javelin throw;
- shot put.
The ambassadors of the sporting event are three global stars: world and European champions Ramil Guliyev (Turkey), Maria Lasitskene (neutral athlete from the Russian Federation) and Ekaterina Stefanidi (Greece).