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No Jamaica Invitational in 2021 – Organisers

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 4:59 PM
Athletes compete at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium in 2014.
Athletes compete at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet at the National Stadium in 2014.

Organisers of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM), say they will not be staging the event this year, due to logistical reasons.

The World Athletics-recognised track and field meet, has not been staged since 2018, but the organisers, stated that they were looking to return the event to the calendar this year, but noted that quarantine requirements and frequent changes in COVID-19 safety rules, made it difficult to plan the event.

"We were looking forward to resuming the annual staging of our Jamaica International

Invitational Track Meet (JIIM) on May 8, 2021 at the National Stadium," said Chairman of the Organising Committee, Dr Warren Blake through a media release.

"The event which enjoys recognition from World Athletics, has always attracted elite

athletes from all over the world, and this year’s staging would have been no different, as

it would have provided useful competition for select athletes as they prepare for the 2021

Summer Olympics in Tokyo Japan, in July/August 2021.

Under the Jamaica “Disaster Risk Management Act (2015)”, quarantine requirements and permission to stage competitions make it very difficult for foreign based athletes to compete in Jamaica. The frequent changes in rules and regulations have made it even

more difficult to plan and reassure athletes and agents of the terms under which they may enter the country." he added.

For logistical reasons, we have therefore, decided not to pursue this year’s staging."

The JIIM meet, which was first held in 2004, was designated as a World Challenge meet, which sits one tier down from the Diamond League. However, the meet was later designated a silver level meet in the World Athletics Continental World Series, which was launched in 2020 to replace the World Challenge events.