May 17, 2019
The IAAF World Relays is an international relay sporting event hosted by the International Association of Athletic Federations. In 2014, the World Relays was born in Nassau as a trial edition and then again in 2015 and 2017. Due to its success in The Bahamas, the IAAF has officially incorporated the event into its official calendar with the relays now being held every two years.
The IAAF Relays now provide athletes with the additional opportunity to compete and qualify for both the World Championships, as well as the Olympic Games.
Representing the Government of The Bahamas at the 2019 IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan, the Hon Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture, led a small delegation consisting of Deputy Permanent Secretary, Darron Turnquest; Director of Sports, Timothy Munnings and IAAF Council Woman, Pauline Davis-Thompson in an effort to visibly demonstrate The Bahamas’ support for the athletes.
Participating in only two relays, the 4x400m and 4x200m the team of athletes consisting of Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell, Ojay Ferguson, Stephen Newbold, Shavez Hart, Cliff Resias, Teray Smith, Andre Newbold, Rico Moultrie and Anthony Adderley, courageously sought to challenge the world and represent the country with pride. Injury, unfortunately is a part of sport and Steven Gardiner experienced inflammation of an existing injury, which ultimately prevented his participation and that of the men’s 4x400m team. The 4x200m relay team placed second in their heat advancing to the finals with a season best time of 1:22.40. As fate would have it, a dropped baton ultimately ruined the opportunity to contend for a medal.
The Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture extends its appreciation to the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations, its athletes, and team officials for their efforts toward this event. Though the results may not have been what was desired or expected, it will serve as a learning opportunity to regroup and make the necessary adjustments as we on march the road leading to the IAAF World Championships in Qatar later this year in September and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, both events in which The Bahamas has established a history of success.
The health of each of our athletes remains of primary concern. In this regard I wish the speedy recovery of Stevie and any other athlete who may be nursing an injury.
May the Lord continue to bless our athletes and may He continue to bless the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.