Updated: March 1, 2016


South Africa’s fastest athletes are expected to headline the opening leg of the inaugural ASA Nite Series, with organisers focussing on sprint events for the Pretoria meeting next week.
The first of four legs in the newly launched domestic track and field campaign will be held at Pilditch Stadium on March 8.
Of the 17 disciplines that will be contested, six will be sprint events, with 100m, 200m and 400m races on the cards for men and women at the high-altitude meeting.
On the track, men and women will also compete over 800m and 3 000m, as well as the high hurdles.
On the infield, the men’s schedule includes the high jump, triple jump and shot put disciplines, and the women’s programme consists of the long jump and javelin throw events.
“This series gives our best athletes the chance to prepare for major international championships and achieve required qualifying standards on home soil,” Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana said in a statement on Tuesday.
“It also provides an opportunity for the country’s rising talent to showcase their potential against elite stars.
“We are still in discussions with athletes to confirm their availability, and the invited field will be revealed in due course.”
All four meetings in the Nite Series, to be held around the country over the next few months, will be contested for two hours on Tuesday evenings.