Bahamians urged to support World Relays

NASSAU, Bahamas – With less than 100 days to go before the staging of the inaugural International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) World Relays in the Bahamas, organisers are encouraging nationals to support the event.

Minister for Sport Dr Daniel Johnson was among the first to purchase tickets for the event at the unveiling of the ticket layout and the official logo this week.

“It’s the largest sporting event ever to be held in Bahamian sporting history,” he said.

“This is the most exciting aspect of all athletic events. That’s why it’s held on the final day of competition at all track and field events.”

As small as the country is, Johnson said the Bahamas was awarded the bid by IAAF president Lamine Diack and his executive committee because of the success of our relay teams at the IAAF World Championships and the Olympic Games.

But he said what is so unique about the Bahamas is that the IAAF gave its stamp of approval to name it the Bahamas World Relays as opposed to the Nassau World Relays as is normally the case for countries who would have been awarded the bid to host events like the London Olympic Games after the city it is held in.

In preparation for the relays, Johnson said the Bahamas Government, in conjunction with the IAAF and Mondo, whose representatives are in town now, have embarked on a resurfacing of the track in the new stadium that was built by the People’s Republic of China as a gift to the Bahamian people.

He noted that while the track was the level of class two, they had to replace it with a class one and while the renovations are currently underway, he anticipates that it will be completely ready for the Test Event on May 9-10 when they will have a free-for-all session to iron out all of the kinks to ensure that the LOC can handle all of the logistics in pulling off the relays.

The IAAF World Relays will be held May 24-25 at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium. (CMC)