For the first time since its inception, the 2019 World Relays will take place outside of The Bahamas.
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) event will be held in Yokohama, Japan May 13, 2019.
However, The Bahamas will still be major participants in that event.
While Second Vice President of the Bahamas Association of Athletics Associations (BAAA) Rupert Gardiner will serve as Head Coordinator for Team Bahamas, First VP of the BAAA, Ravanno Ferguson was named Head Delegate (Team Manager) of the Bahamian delegation.
“We look forward to great performances from our senior athletes that will be competing in that event,” Ferguson stated.
“Our relay camp will start at some point in April. But we will commence managing and overseeing the athletes’ performances later this month at the Florida Relays,” he added.
The 2019 Pepsi Florida Relays are set for March 28-30 at James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. An official roster of athletes for the Florida Relays was not confirmed.
“We’ll send a contingent there to basically see where our athletes are at right now in their performances. We’ll also have a plethora of athletes trying to make this World Relays team.
“We’ll be competing in the 4x100 metres, men and women, and also the men’s 4x400m. We look to do exceptionally well in those events as we always do.”
Since 2014, countries from around the world looked forward to the biennial event that caters to every possible relay race that took place at the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium.
At the conclusion of the event in 2017, it appeared The Bahamas was on the verge of becoming the home of the fast-growing spectacle. However, last year it was announced that The Bahamas would no longer be able to take on the responsibilities of hosting the 20-plus countries it drew.
The United States are three-time winners of the Golden Baton at the World Relays and are the expected favorites headed into the 2019 event.
However, The Bahamas etched its place in World Relays history as the inaugural winners of the Mixed Gender 4x400m that was introduced in 2017. The team consisted of 400m Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Steven Gardiner, Antonique Strachan and was anchored by Grand Bahamian and Golden Knight Michael Mathieu.
The Bahamas took the top spot in that race with a mark of three minutes and 14.42 seconds (3:14.42). The Americans finished in second place with a time of 3:17.29 while Jamaica finished third and were clocked at 3:20.26.
The Bahamas finished ninth overall last year with a total of 15 points. The U.S dominated the standings with a final tally of 60 points. Jamaica finished in second place with a total of 39 points. Australia rounded out the top three countries with a point total of 24.