Reigning Olympic 110 metre hurdler, American Brianna Rollins is one of two big names athletes who has confirmed participation in the inaugural Grenada invitational meet schedule for April 8th at the National Football and Athletic stadium at Queen’s Park.
The other is top Trinidadian Sprinter, Michelle-lee Ahye, a finalist in the 100 metre at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
The names of the two top female athletes were released Tuesday by the Local Organising Committee (LOC) at a press conference held at the Ministerial Complex in the Botanical Gardens.
According to Chairman of the LOC, Dexter Mitchell who was at the media conference, the Trinidadian and Tobago sprinter will take part in only 100M sprint and not the 200M run.
Mitchell said he understood that Ahye had inflicted a defeat on veteran Jamaican sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown who is also listed to compete at the Grenada Invitational.
He told reporters that a process has been agreed upon for releasing the names of athletes down to take part in April’s event.
“We have a process so that we will continue to release names as they are confirmed; they are confirmed, as we see it necessary and we have a plan in terms of the release of names”, he said.
“Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to have some fun in releasing some of the names of some of the major stars that are going to be coming to Grenada for the Grenada invitational,” he added.
Mitchell disclosed that a total of 150 international athletes are down to compete at the meet including track stars like Justin Gatlin, Asafa Powell, and Leshawn Merritt.
The Grenada Invitational will be held as a one-day event but Mitchell said that there will be some other events scheduled to help occupy the time of persons coming in for the invitational.
He said: “Because of the level of interest in the Grenada Invitational and the number of persons we expect to come to Grenada for that week, which includes as the Minister (of Sports) alluded to Intercol and the following weekend, the Easter Holidays, we are working on some fringe events to supplement the invitational and the Intercol and some other things that might be taking place that week”.
“…We can announce that Sunday the 9th of April, the Mt Moritz Community will host its breakfast and that is specifically to accommodate visitors, the athletes and so on who will be coming to Grenada for the invitational”, he added.
Mitchell also spoke about plans to organise an event around the weekly Fish Friday taking place in Gouyave.
He said that plans are also in the making for a major after-event fete at the Port Louis lawn in the form of “a Caribbean party”.
Tickets for the Grenada Invitational will go on sale from January 30th both online via go2fete.com and specific box offices.
The ticket prices will range from $40 for the bleachers, $60 for secondary pavilion, $75 for the main pavilion and $450 for VIP.