Bahamas 2024 Relays: Star-studded cast ready for pre-Paris show

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe looked forward to a relay event “for the ages” as he spoke to the world’s media on the eve of the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24 taking place this weekend (May 4-5).

As the main qualifying event for relay events at the 2024 Paris Olympics, multiple world and Olympic champions are among the top athletes set to race in the Bahamian capital for places in Paris, World Relays titles and prize money.

Coe spoke to athletes including global gold medalists Noah Lyles, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, Marcell Jacobs and Devynne Charlton ahead of a press conference, praising the “star-studded cast”.

“The Bahamas was our first host in 2014. We have had six editions and four of them were performed here. I guess you probably understand why. It’s not just about the location, it’s about the friendliness of the people on the islands and the deep respect you have for athletics, especially the relays,” he said.

“We have almost 900 athletes here from 52 different countries, and of course there is extra spice. This is an Olympic year and we have introduced some danger. That danger is simple: teams will be selected here for Paris. Where many of these teams finish the next day will also determine the advantage of the draw in Paris. So there’s a lot to play for.

“We are happy to be here. I think we’re going to see something that’s probably, in terms of a relay event, something for the ages.

Mario Bowleg, the Bahamas’ Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, was pleased to have the world’s best relay runners back in his country.

“We welcome the world to our beautiful shores,” he said. “It was a privilege and an honor to organize the first three editions of this event. We are on the verge of hosting the fourth edition, we are about to put on some things that have never been seen before. I would like to thank Seb Coe and World Athletics, as well as Mike Sands, NACAC and the LOC for making these events a success.

Sanya Richards-Ross competed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the World Relays in the Bahamas, recording two victories in the 4x400m plus a world record in the distance medley relay.

“There is nothing like this race in this stadium,” said the 2012 Olympic 400m champion. “What makes the sport so rich and so fun is when we come together with our teammates to participate in a relay. The World Relays gives athletes the opportunity to come here, hit the track and represent their country and just have so much fun.”

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