Trinidad and Tobago’s relay teams will no longer be competing in the World Athletics Relays, scheduled for Poland from May 1st to 2nd.
This decision will impact Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in the Tokyo Olympics later this year.
In a media release on Wednesday, the National Association of Athletics Administrations (NAAA TT) said that “after careful consideration of the various challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential risk to participants and the significant difficulties with travel arrangements, NAAATT is particularly concerned about the welfare of our athletes.”
Other countries like the USA and Jamaica have also declined to participate in the event.
Trinidad and Tobago is the defending champion in the 4x400m relays and the NAAA was planning to also enter teams to compete in the 4x100m and the 4x200m events at the World Athletics Relays.
The NAAA also hoped to use the World Athletics Relays as a means to qualify the men’s 4x100m for the Tokyo Olympics.
“The top 8 teams at the Relays automatically qualify for the Olympics. In light of this, the NAAATT will now have to explore other options to have the men’s 4x100m team qualify,” the release stated.