USA federation seeks duel with Jamaica
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — USA Track and Field wants a head-on clash with Jamaica next year and hopes to land the sport's world championships, the organization's chief executive said Thursday.
Doug Logan, addressing delegates at USATF's annual convention here, said plans are under way to stage dual meets with Jamaica next year in Kingston and New York.
"We're getting very, very close," he said. "We need both a sponsorship and a small investment. We hope to have an announcement no later than the third week in January, first of February at the latest."
The meets would feature US and Jamaican sprinters and hurdlers, who have battled for supremacy in recent years at the Olympics and world championships.
Logan said each event would be a "one-hour, made for television, go-go-go meet" that will attract "significant attention".
No athletes are committed at present, but a Usain Bolt-Tyson Gay rematch in the 100 meters would guarantee global interest.
Gay won the event at the 2007 worlds but could only watch on as Bolt first took the gold medal and the world record at the 2008 Olympics.
Jamaican Bolt then bested Gay in one of the most highly-anticipated races at this year's world meet, again lowering the world record.