It is expected to be another exciting staging of the 1-year old event, when this year’s Aliann Pompey Invitational goes off on July 15th at the Leonora Stadium.

Inspired by some dedicated sponsors, the organizers are determined to repeat last year’s success by putting together an international field to participate in a spectator friendly schedule of events Athletes from the last staging, expected to return are Eddie Lovett (USVI), Kenike Alexander (St. Vincent), Brycen Spratlin (USA), as well as Guyana’s best – 400m women’s champion Kadecia Baird, 2016 Fly-Jamaica women’s 100m champion Brenessa Thompson and GOA men’s 400m runner-up Winston George.

George will be challenged by Stephan James and Jermaine Griffith who have been challenging each other this season, each the 400m indoor national record. James is attending the Mississippi State University, while Griffith is at Rutgers University.

Returning sponsors are GOA, IAAF, ConSudAtle and Ramada (Princess) Hotel. The event is also supported by the Ministry of Education and

Commenting on the meet, founder and 2002 Commonwealth Games 400m champion Pompey said, “I am excited for this year’s edition of the AP Invitational. Last year I committed to making it an annual event and this will be a true test of the ability to do so. I am grateful for the sponsors that have already committed and finalized their contributions.”

“I am still working out the details with a few others, but I am confident that we’ll complete those shortly,” added Pompey

The list of proposed events to be contested are:
100m (Premier event – men and women)
200 (men and women)
400m (premier event – men and women)
110mh (men)
400mh (men and women)
800m (men and women)
1500m (women)
3,000m (men)
Triple jump (men and women)
High Jump (women)
Shot put (men)
Long Jump (women)

The cost of general admission will remain the same ($1,000) and VIP admission will be $5,000.


By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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