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Coe hails Bahamas' role in World Relays

PICTURED: President of the IAAF Lord Sebastian Coe

IAAF PRESIDENT Sebastian Coe thanked The Bahamas last week for its key role in establishing the World Relays as a successful competition and welcomed Yokohama as only the second city to host the event.

The first three editions of the IAAF World Relays, in 2014, 2015 and 2017, were held in the Bahamian capital Nassau, which proved to be an exceptional host of the new event.

Japan will now host two of the biggest events on the athletics calendar in successive years after the IAAF Council voted this week to award the 2019 IAAF World Relays to Yokohama.

Already preparing to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan will welcome the athletics world a year earlier, when it holds the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama International Stadium on May 11-12 next year.

After The Bahamas Government confirmed that it would no longer be able to offer the financial guarantee that underpinned the event in Nassau, several member federations contacted the IAAF directly to express their interest in hosting the 2019 World Relays.
Following careful consideration, Japan was considered to be the preferred location.

"I am delighted that Yokohama has stepped in to host our youngest World Athletics Series event and I am confident that they will do an outstanding job despite the short preparation period," Lord Coe said.

"Several of our member federations expressed interest in hosting the popular IAAF World Relays next year and I thank them for their efforts, which confirm the appeal of what is a very entertaining team-based competition with a unique spirit.

"Japanese crowds are renowned for their enthusiastic support and I am sure they will give our athletes a tremendous reception next year."

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