Christopher Taylor wins 200m at Jamaica Invitational 2018
Christopher Taylor wins 200m at Jamaica Invitational 2018

This year’s return of the Jamaica International Invitational, a silver event in the World Athletics Continental Tour Series, has been postponed and is likely to be held later this year.

The organizers, in a release, said because “the COVID-19 pandemic is still not under control in numerous countries including Jamaica” postponement was the best option.

“The organizing committee has decided to postpone the meet that was scheduled for 2 May 2020,” the release stated.

The team, headed by JAAA President Dr Warren Blake, said such decision was taken “in the best interest of the well-being of the athletes, coaches, officials, spectators, sponsors and all others involved.”

According to the organizers, “more information on the new date will be communicated once it has been confirmed.”

Several sporting federations and fans have also called on the IOC to postpone the games because of the coronavirus, which has killed over 19,600 people worldwide.

The virus caused many qualifying events to be postponed or cancelled in the last two months. Some athletes are unable to train due to the containment measures in their country.

World 100m champions Christian Coleman and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were some of the stars announced for this year’s staging.
World record-holders Kendra Harrison (100mH) and Dalilah Muhammad (400mH), along with Olympic champions Elaine Thompson and Shaunae Millier-Uibo and World 200m champion Noah Lyles were also down to compete.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.



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