Elaine Thompson-Herah dealt huge blow in her comeback journey

Elaine Thompson-Herah dealt huge blow in her comeback journey

Abigael Wafula 13:00 - 28.05.2024

The Jamaican track star is on a clock to be fit for the Paris Olympics.

The Grenada Invitational which had attracted multiple Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and Kirani James has unfortunately been cancelled due to significant socio-economic challenges.

In the previous editions, the event has been one of the greatest, having attracted Justin Gatlin, multiple world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and James. The event has been a highlight for track and field enthusiasts since its inception in 2017 and has successfully run for three consecutive years.

This year’s event was launched on May 16 at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in St. George’s and was gearing up to host some of the greatest athlete’s world wide.

In addition to Thompson-Herah and James, the lineup also attracted the 2022 Commonwealth gold medallist in the 110m hurdles, Rasheed Broadbell, and Megan Tapper, the 100m hurdles bronze medallist at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

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Others who were looking to shine include home talent Anderson Peters and Lindon Victor ad it will be a disappointing affair for fans who were looking to see their own compete.

However, efforts to revive the event post-COVID-19 have bore no fruits with the local organising committee explaining that they are yet to collect enough funds for the event.

“Despite the best efforts of the Board of Directors and the Local Organising Team of the Grenada Invitational, the synergy, the enthusiasm, the energy, and the commitment to produce a once-in-a-generation event did not materialize,” the organisers stated.

Organisers were disappointed towards being forced to cancel the event but noted that it was important to reflect on the successes of past events. They also extended their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the event’s success.