Yoko­hama to host IAAF World Re­lays in 2019

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The 2019 ath­let­ics World Re­lays will be held in the Ja­panese city of Yoko­hama af­ter the hosts for the last three edi­tions, the Ba­hamas, were no longer able to of­fer fi­nan­cial back­ing, the IAAF said yes­ter­day.

“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,” the IAAF said in a state­ment.

“Fol­low­ing very care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion, Ja­pan was con­sid­ered to be the pre­ferred lo­ca­tion.”

Yoko­hama, Ja­pan’s sec­ond largest city by pop­u­la­tion, will host the two-day com­pe­ti­tion on May 11 and 12.

“This will also be a great op­por­tu­nity for our ath­letes to ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture and con­di­tions of the host na­tion lit­tle more than a year be­fore the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said IAAF pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe.

The Nas­sau Guardian news­pa­per re­ported in July that the event cost the Ba­hamas $5mn (4.3mn eu­ros) to host.

The 2017 event fea­tured men’s and women’s 4x100 me­tres, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m re­lays, as well as a mixed 4x400m race that will be in­tro­duced at the 2019 world cham­pi­onships in Doha ahead of its Olympic de­but in Tokyo.

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