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All set for media coverage at World Relays

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM
World Relays coordinator Stefan Thies (left) and senior director of event media and 2004 400m Olympic champion, Tonique Williams.

NASSAU, Bahamas:

Technology at all sites throughout New Providence is ready as hundreds of international journalistss make their way to The Bahamas to cover the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF)/BTC World Relays Bahamas 2015.

"We are all systems go!" said Local Organising Committee (LOC) technology deputy director, Trevor Moss. "The event is a technology-driven event and we want to ensure a seamless experience for everyone involved over the two days of competition."

Adding that the infrastructure has been beefed up, Moss said all providers are in place and all components of technology will be up and running by tomorrow.

"Not only are we responsible to provide services at the stadium, we have to provide services around the stadium, the warmup track, the track itself, the swim complex, Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium, hotels and the airport," he said.

Tonique Williams, the LOC's senior director of event media services, said some 107 written press and photographers have been approved to cover the event.

"Of this number, we have 87 international media representing some 36 agencies. Twenty-seven are local agencies representing some 10 agencies," Williams said. "International journalists represent 12 countries. These countries include America with 16 agencies, Jamaica with three, Belgium with three and Japan with five. Other countries include Canada, Cayman, Great Britain, Cuba, Ireland, Nigeria and Trinidad."

Williams added that the top track and field agencies, such as Track and Field News, USA Track and Field, Flotrack,, the Associated Press, Getty Images and Reuters are all scheduled to cover the upcoming "Bahamazing" event.

With last years' experience now under their belt, LOC deputy director of event media services, Stefan Thies, said the main media centre and press centre is ready and equipped with the needed technology to ensure that the information, photos, and videos are reached around the world instantly.

"I am extremely happy that we will have reliable and professional technology for the media because the media relies on technology heavily to help promote the event," he said.