Penn Relays director Dave Johnson is admitting Jamaican schools absence from this year’s carnival is a massive blow.
The fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting international sports events around the globe. Several sporting events have been cancelled or postponed.
The Jamaican government has advised schools against attending the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
“Yes, the Jamaican teams will surely be missed, and this is a big blow,” Johnson was quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner.
Johnson said Penn Relays is a meet that brings families and friends together each year.
“It is like a reunion for the Jamaicans,” he explained.
The event, set for April 23-25, is still on despite the world health issue affecting the world.
“The University of Pennsylvania is continuing to evaluate the decision to host the 126th Running of the Penn Relays,” the organizers said in a release.
“Although the 2020 Penn Relays is more than 30 days away, the health and safety of our participants, spectators, officials, volunteers, sponsors, and staff are our utmost concern.
“While the evolving situation is fluid, we remain hopeful that there will be a result which allows for a safe Penn Relays, and we will continue to provide updates,” the release said.
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