Melissa Breen expects to be snubbed for Nitro Athletics

“Obviously, I’m not a funded athlete and for Athletics Australia I’m not an asset worthy of investment, so I think it’s extremely unlikely that I’ll be competing to be honest.”

– Melissa Breen about Nitro Athetics

How the deal was done to bring Usain Bolt to Australia

After a frantic few months where AA hired a team of consultants to try to find the cash to lure Bolt — he comes with a $1 million-plus price tag — a deal was finally signed off on the night before Friday’s official launch.

Usain to captain ‘Bolt All-Stars’ in Nitro Athletics

Six teams of 24 athletes are set to participate in the Nitro Athletics series, which will place on Saturday 4, Thursday 9 and a final on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Nitro Athletics will not just feature traditional events – 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 program as team’s battle for points and the Nitro Athletics Melbourne crown.

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

Nitro Athletics will be a three meet series held in Melbourne

Athletics Australia are scrambling to pull together the new Nitro series in time but securing Usain Bolt is the first and most important signing.

The series will be held at Lakeside Stadium between 4 and 11 February 2017.

Usain Bolt to race in Melbourne

The 9-time Olympic gold medallist is set to pocket $1m to compete in the new Nitro Athletics series.

Bolt will launch the series on Friday in Melbourne.