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Monaco Diamond League gets green light after deadly attack in Nice

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 8:46 AM
French fans show 'Pray for Nice' banners to honor victims of the Bastille Day attack in Nice prior to the tennis Davis Cup quarterfinal match between Czech Republic and France in Trinec, Czech Republic, on Friday.

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The decision has been taken to go ahead with the Herculis meeting, which is the ninth stop on the 2016 IAAF Diamond League circuit, after meet organisers consulted with Monegasque Athletics Federation President, H.S.H. Prince Albert II.

Canceling the meet scheduled to get underway inside the Louis II Stadium of Monaco at 11:30 a.m. Jamaican time came into consideration following last night’s deadly attack in Nice.

At least 84 people were killed and several injured when a lone driver of a truck opened fire on a crowd and fatally mowed down people celebrating Bastille Day, the French national holiday.

The organisors of the diamond league meet have advised that the evening’s programme will be kept strictly to the sporting events with no festivities. While A tribute will be made to all the victims of the attack along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.

Five Jamaican athletes will be in action at the meet. They are Omar McLeod in the 110m hurdles, Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 100m, Julian Forte in the men’s 200m and Kimberly Williams will in the women’s triple jump and Damar Forbes in the men’s long jump.