Events for the Nitro Athletics event have been revealed ©Nitro Athletics

A hurdles relay, the 60 metres "speed sprint" and an "elimination mile" have been confirmed as events for the newly launched Nitro Athletics competition which will be held in Melbourne.

Organisers claim the six-team tournament in the Australian city - unveiled earlier this month - will "revolutionise" global track and field.

Non-traditional events had been promised alongside those which are normally present on the athletics schedule, with the complete list of disciplines to be contested revealed today.

Also included is the 150m, "a three minute run" and the 4x100m mixed relay, with all events classified as either power, technique, endurance or "teamwork".

The 100m, long jump, pole vault and javelin are among the traditional disciplines which will be held.

Team performance rather than individual performance is rewarded, as although some events will feature solo results, many will focus on combined placings and team efforts.

Points will range from 100 for first to 40 for sixth and last.

Also revealed today are three strategies which the teams involved can utilise - the Nitro Power Play, the Nitro Steal and the Nitro Turbo Charge.

The Power Play allows double points for teams in one selected event, which will be made in advance and drawn by lot.

Usain Bolt helped launch the event in Melbourne  ©Getty Images
Usain Bolt helped launch the event in Melbourne ©Getty Images

Using the Nitro Steal will pinch 50 per cent of an opposing team's points from a particular event, with the Turbo Charge applying only in the long jump.

Teams will be able to nominate one jump where an athlete must achieve a declared distance to gain a bonus.

There will also be penalties for false starts - 50 points for the first offence and then 100 for the second.

"This will be a different spin on traditional athletics and will include a mix of power, endurance, technique and teamwork disciplines across sprints, distance, field and para-athletics events," event and competitions director Glenn Turnor said.

"What we’ve tried to do is keep the authentic-ness of each of the disciplines, but focus more on the point scoring and the team element.

"There have been countless iterations of team competitions, both in Australia and around the world, but this predominantly focusses on what all of the 24 athletes will do as part of the team.

"We wanted to showcase the talent of a jumper, a sprinter, a middle distance runner and a thrower and present it much faster, with results much quicker and build the athletes’ personalities around the events in which they are participating."

It was confirmed earlier this month that China, England and Japan will send teams to the event, which will be held at the Lakeside Stadium.

High profile supporter Usain Bolt - Jamaica's nine-time Olympic sprinting champion - will captain his own "Bolt All Stars" team with hosts Australia and one team still to be named completing the line-up.

Competition is due to be held on February 4 and 9, before a final on February 11.

"This will be track and field as it’s never been seen before and that’s why I’m involved, not only as a competitor, but also as a team captain," said Bolt, who helped launch the event.