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JAAA open to hosting World Relays

Published:Friday | May 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

NASSAU, The Bahamas:

General secretary of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Garth Gayle, is excited about Jamaica's participation at this weekend's IAAF World Relays and believes Jamaica would be an ideal host for the event in the future.

"Why not?" exclaimed Gayle when asked whether or not the event - now on the cusp of its maiden instalment tomorrow and Sunday at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, is one that the JAAA would consider hosting in the future.

"We have had successful events in the past such as the IAAF World Juniors where the IAAF president himself was alarmed at the crowds and so on. We are known for putting on good events and there should be no reason why once a good offer is made, we cannot approach it from an executive standpoint, to look at hosting this event. I think we would do a fine job at it," Gayle said, ahead of the team's arrival in The Bahamas yesterday afternoon.

facilitate development

"It would be a win-win for the IAAF, Jamaica and the region," Gayle added. "It's sports tourism at its best and we would facilitate this development as best as we can.

"I am very pleased that we are able to compete at these IAAF World Relays; it's the first of its type at the international level and kudos to the IAAF for seeing the wisdom of having an event like this," said Gayle.

"The Penn Relays have been doing this for quite some time and we have been doing it in Jamaica from the '70s with the Gibson Relays and to now see a world competition under the IAAF banner does warm my heart," he continued.

Jamaica is among close to 50 countries participating at the IAAF World Relays, which will see teams going head to head in the 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m, 4x800m and 4x1500m.

- A.L.