The "cream of Britain's track and field athletes will take on their American counterparts in an innovative new competition" called "The Meet" at the London Stadium next year, according to Adam Shergold of the London DAILY MAIL. The "fast-paced, two-hour event" will feature running, jumping, hurdles and relay disciplines and "bring the two athletics powerhouses into direct competition." The Meet will take place at the London Stadium on July 21, 2018. The exact format will be finalized "in the early stages of next year." UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos said, "The Meet will provide audiences with a fantastic head-to-head match between British Athletics and USA Track & Field, and promises to be one of the biggest events in athletics in 2018" (DAILY MAIL, 8/16).
Events and Attractions
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Tuesday demanded that the Pakistan Cricket Board organize at least one of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20 series matches in his city. Akhtar said, "This is a welcome sign that the drought of international cricket [in Pakistan] is finally ending, thus, it is high time that the country's largest city deserves to get at least one match in the upcoming series." He promised a "foolproof" security plan for players and officials by "effectively engaging police and paramilitary Rangers if a match was awarded to the city" (DAWN, 8/16).
The next edition of the Premier Badminton League "will be an eight-team affair with the addition of two more franchises." The tournament will "add teams from Guwahati and Ahmedabad" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 8/16).
Ticketmaster "is in the eye of the storm" on social media. Fans are criticizing the company after tickets to the Nov. 19 NFL Oakland Raiders-New England Patriots game in Mexico City sold out "in minutes" during a presale period. Many social media users "claimed that most of the tickets were meant to be resold," and said that prices are "already exorbitant" (EL ECONOMISTA, 8/15).