Eurovision Sport, the production arm of the European Broadcasting Union, has reached an agreement with European Athletics to cover The Match, a new team event that will be contested by athletes from Europe and the US.
The inaugural edition of The Match, dubbed the ‘Ryder Cup of athletics’, will take place in Minsk, Belarus from September 9-10. Eurovision Sport’s deal covers broadcast rights for Europe and has been signed in addition to its long-standing deal with European Athletics.
Details of The Match were first announced in December last year. The competition has been launched through an agreement between European Athletics and USA Track and Field.
Minsk’s Dinamo Stadium will host the event, which is set to serve as a warm-up for the IAAF World Championships in Doha later in the month. Athletes are set to compete in every track discipline up to 3,000m, as well as all throw and jump events.
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen said: “We have already secured the presence of many stars for Team Europe, including ambassadors Katerina Stefanidi, Thomas Röhler, Armand Duplantis, Ramil Guliyev, Daniel Stahl, Piotr Lisek and Mariya Lasitskene, and we expect a similarly strong USA team.”