Fraser-Pryce, van Niekerk, Chris Taylor lining up for 2020 Racers Grand Prix June 13

By January 23, 2020
Sports agent Cubie Seegobin (left), Glen Mills, Jamaican Sports Minister Olivia Grange and Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams at Thursday's launch of the 2020 Racers Grand Prix which is set for Kingston on June 13. Sports agent Cubie Seegobin (left), Glen Mills, Jamaican Sports Minister Olivia Grange and Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams at Thursday's launch of the 2020 Racers Grand Prix which is set for Kingston on June 13.

Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Wayde van Niekerk, are among a host of global track and field stars who have already expressed interest in competing at the 2020 Racers Grand Prix on June 13 as the now five-year-old meet takes on its new designation as a Continental World Tour Gold Series meeting.

Glen Mills, Chairman of the meet’s organising committee, made the announcement at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston on Thursday. During the four previous years since the meet began in 2016, the Racers Grand Prix has seen the participation of several Olympic and World champions as well as world-record holders in editions that we of the highest quality, Mills said.

The meet has earned high praises from World Athletics and its president Lord Sebastian Coe, who was at the 2017 renewal in Kingston, the year when Usain Bolt retired from the sport. It has also been commended by a number of world-class athletes and coaches as well as managers and agents.

So it was no surprise that it was selected among the 10 Continental Tour Gold Series meets as World Athletics began to overhaul the sport to make it more appealing to old and new fans alike.

“I am proud to announce that the administrators of World Athletics have selected the Racers Grand Prix to be part of the Continental Tour Gold Series for the next 10 years,” Mills announced on Thursday.

The Gold level is the highest in the competition series, which is only one level below the Diamond League and Kingston, Jamaica is the only city in the western hemisphere chosen to host a gold series.

With 2020 being an Olympic year, Mills said that a number of the world’s leading athletes have already expressed their intention to compete at the meet.

“Presently, I have received the names of over 200 athletes from agents, managers and coaches who have expressed their interest. Most notable are multiple Olympic and World champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympic champion Elaine Herah, World and Olympic champion and world record holder Wayde van Niekerk, World Champion Tajay Gayle, Commonwealth champion Akini Simbine, World Champions Yohan Blake and Noah Lyles, world-record holder Kendra Harrison, and world medalists Danielle Williams and Rushell Clayton,” Mills said.

“Promising athlete Christopher Taylor, Akeem Bloomfield and Demish Gaye are also some of the leading persons who have expressed interest.”

Mills said that because the championship points that will be awarded for the core events of the meet, he is expecting a lot more interest as the meet draws closer.

The Continental Series will replace the World Challenge events as the second tier of competition under the Diamond League, and the four events that have been controversially cut, either partially or completely, from the latter competition for next season will have senior status within the new format.

The four events - triple jump, discus, 200 metres and 3,000m steeplechase - will be part of the core events in the top, or Gold level of the Tour, which will also have Silver and Bronze levels.

All four events dropped from the Diamond League final, or in some cases, the Diamond League itself will retain a wild card to the Eugene World Athletics Championships for the winners.

 

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