ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA – Grenada Sports Minister Roland Bhola has stated that Grenadians and visitors should expect a high level of competition when the inaugural Grenada Track and Field Invitational is held in April 2017.

Speaking at his second press briefing since taking over the sports portfolio, he said that plans are progressing smoothly for the staging of the event; a collaborative effort of private sector persons. These persons have received support from the Grenada Athletics Association, the North America, Central America, and Caribbean Athletics Association, and the International Association of Athletics Associations.

According to Grenada Sports, the date of Saturday April 08, 2017 is the date established for the hosting of the event.

According to the Grenada Sports posting, the Minister stated “We have already received from the IAAF, the Area Permit Meet, and that was important for us because once you get the Area Permit Meet it means that whatever times these international athletes run, would be recorded because it is an international meet that they (IAAF) accept.)”

Chris Brown at the launch of his meet in the Bahamas (photo courtesy-: the Tribune)
Chris Brown at the launch of his meet in the Bahamas (photo courtesy-: the Tribune)

Minister Bhola stressed that the Government of Grenada would not be managing the event, but providing support to the private sector persons who had discussed the idea with the Government.

According to the Grenada Sports Minister, An idea came forward for doing what is now called the Grenada Invitational, “and what that means in essence is that we are going to have an athletics sports meet where we are going to attract some of the international stars, some of the best in the world to come to Grenada.”

The Grenada Sports Minister points out that Bahamian Olympian Chris ‘Fireman’ Brown will be providing valuable support to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) to ensure a successful event next April. Brown, who began competing professionally in 2003, is one of the longest competitive athlete from the Caribbean on the international circuit, rivalled only by a few including Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Kirani James of Grenada runs alongside Chris Brown of the Bahamas in the Men's 400-metre final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Kirani James of Grenada runs alongside Chris Brown of the Bahamas in the Men’s 400-metre final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chris, over the last couple of years, has been doing an invitational in the Bahamas and he has in recent times encountered some issues and some problems so he will no longer be hosting, and so he has found himself becoming very interested in what we are doing here and has given the commitment that he will back what we are doing in Grenada wholeheartedly,” Minister Bhola said, according to Grenada Sports.

It’s a Saturday evening and it will be coming on the heels of Intercol so that week will be an athletic week for us with the climax being the Grenada Invitational,” he said. The annual Secondary Schools’ Track and Field Championship, commonly called the Intercol Games, will be held at the National Stadium, April 4¬ – 6, 2017.

PHOTO -: Chris Brown (centre) tours the Grenada National Stadium along with officals of local agencies (photo courtesy-: trackalerts)