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Barbados’ silver medal team from the last International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays will not be taking part this year.
Some of the island’s top athletes have not been released by their schools for the biennial meet, which will be held in Yokohama, Japan, from May 11 to 12.
President of the Athletics Association of Barbados (AAB) Catherine Jordan said several factors contributed to the decision.
The international governing body for the sport of athletics recently released the 47 teams participating and Barbados was omitted.
“The board of the Athletics Association of Barbados Inc. (AAB) after much consideration, has decided that it would not be sending a team to the World Relays this year, since some of its fastest athletes who are in school could not be released in May to travel to Japan to represent the country,” Jordan said. (AGB)