Shiann Salmon takes her Hydel team home to victory in the High School Girls' 4x400 Championship of America final on Friday, April 26, 2018

In light of the recent announcements made yesterday (12 March) by the NCAA, the City of Philadelphia, and multiple professional leagues regarding their cancellation or suspension of championships and seasons, as well as event attendance bans for the next 30 days, the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania is continuing to evaluate the decision to host the 126th Running of the Penn Relays.

The NCAA in a statement said: “President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors cancelled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.”

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA release said.

However, organizers of the 126th Running of the Penn Relays, said: “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.”

They also admitted: “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.”

The Jamaican government has advised schools against attending the annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

The event, set for April 23-25, would see several Jamaican high schools teams taking part.

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