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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The Door Is Open for Bermuda to Host World Relays

Bermuda's 2014 Team
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With the news that the Bahamas' Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has told the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that the country will withdraw from hosting next year's IAAF World Relays, some are thinking Bermuda could possibly host the 2019 edition.

The inaugural event had 35 countries represented with over 500 athletes, if you add in coaches and supporters of Track & Field Bermuda could well play host to more than 1000 visitors if the option to host the IAAF World Relays is taken seriously.

The Bahamas announced just last week that the country was scrapping plans to host sporting and cultural events including the World Relays due to financial concerns held by the new austerity-minded Government.

Bahamas had already committed contractually to the event, so the IAAF are unlikely to want to let them off too easily.

The IAAF still hope that a host will be confirmed either way at, or shortly after, their Council meeting in Buenos Aires on July 26th and 27th.

Jamaica is one country that has already voiced enthusiasm about stepping in.

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Warren Blake told RGR News that his executive will be meeting with Sports Minister Olivia Grange within the next 72 hours to solidify the potential bid.

"Time is really of the essence," he was quoted as saying late last week.

Its success arguably contributed to the International Olympic Committee adding mixed 4x400m relays to the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020.
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