Nitro Bolt!

Sprint­ing star launches In­no­va­tive Ath­let­ics se­ries in Aus­tralia

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THE WORLD’S great­est ath­lete, Us­ain Bolt, will com­pete and cap­tain the ‘Bolt All-Stars’ in a new sports en­ter­tain­ment se­ries set to rev­o­lu­tionise global track and field.

A high-en­ergy, team-based com­pe­ti­tion, Nitro Ath­let­ics will see the stars of Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional ath­let­ics com­pete across three nights of block­buster en­ter­tain­ment at Mel­bourne’s Lakeside Sta­dium in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne will fea­ture six teams of 24 ath­letes (12 women and 12 men). Teams will come from

Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally and will be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks.

Nitro Ath­let­ics, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the or­gan­is­ers, will be like no ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion seen be­fore and will not just fea­ture tra­di­tional events – this will be a dif­fer­ent spin on tra­di­tional ath­let­ics and will in­clude a mix of power, en­durance, tech­nique and team­work dis­ci­plines across sprints, dis­tance, field and para-ath­let­ics events. Mixed events and re­lays will also fea­ture in the Nitro pro­gramme as teams bat­tle for points and the Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne crown.

Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne will be broad­cast live on the Seven Net­work and will be staged on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 4 and Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, with a fi­nal on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 11.

Night one and the fi­nal of Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne will fea­ture the same pro­gramme, with the Thurs­day night pro­gramme of­fer­ing a se­lec­tion of al­ter­na­tive events.

Nine-time Olympic gold medal­list and 100m and 200m world record holder Us­ain Bolt said Nitro Ath­let­ics was the con­cept des­per­ately needed to take ath­let­ics into the fu­ture.

“This will be track and field as it’s never been seen be­fore, and that’s why I’m in­volved, not only as a com­peti­tor, but also as a team cap­tain,” Bolt said.

Bolt, who has never raced in Aus­tralia, is look­ing for­ward to build­ing his team and re­turn­ing in Fe­bru­ary for the three-meet Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne se­ries.

“Nitro Ath­let­ics is what track and field needs – a fresh way to present the sport, and I can’t wait to be back in Mel­bourne to share Nitro Ath­let­ics with the fans in Fe­bru­ary,” Bolt said.

Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia pres­i­dent, Mark Ar­bib, a driv­ing force be­hind bring­ing Nitro Ath­let­ics to re­al­ity, said the new ver­sion of ath­let­ics will aim to ex­cite ex­ist­ing fans, while tak­ing the sport to new au­di­ences.

“Nitro Ath­let­ics is the sports en­ter­tain­ment prod­uct track and field needs to move ath­let­ics be­yond the ex­ist­ing for­mat of one day ath­let­ics meets,” Ar­bib said.

GAME-CHANGER

“Nitro Ath­let­ics will be the cat­a­lyst that will change how ath­let­ics is pre­sented. It’s a game-changer for ath­let­ics and Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia. We want to start the global rein­vig­o­ra­tion of ath­let­ics right here in Aus­tralia,” Ar­bib added.

Ath­let­ics Aus­tralia Direc­tor and 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games 400m cham­pion John St­ef­fensen said Nitro Ath­let­ics will at­tract global at­ten­tion.

“Ev­ery show needs a head­line act, and the head­line act of Nitro Ath­let­ics Mel­bourne is the big­gest name in all of sport – Us­ain Bolt,” St­ef­fensen said.

Vic­to­ria’s Min­is­ter for Tourism and Ma­jor Events Philip Dal­i­dakis said the revo­lu­tion­ary event is a ma­jor coup for the sport­ing cap­i­tal of the world.

“Visit Vic­to­ria, our new tourism and ma­jor events or­gan­i­sa­tion, has just se­cured, ar­guably, the great­est track ath­lete of all time, ex­clu­sively here in Mel­bourne,” Dal­i­dakis said.

Fans can en­gage with Nitro Ath­let­ics via the event’s so­cial chan­nels: Twit­ter: @Nitro_Aths Face­book: NitroAth­let­ics In­sta­gram: Nitro_Aths

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