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Jamaican flag to be flown annually at Penn Relays

Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 8:51 AM    

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WASHINGTON DC (JIS) - The Jamaican flag will be flown annually at the Penn Relays in the United States as of this year.

In 2012 the organisers took the decision to fly the country’s flag every year at the Games, held on the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, in recognition of Jamaica’s 50th independence anniversary, and the contribution made to the relay festival by Jamaican athletes for nearly five decades.

Jamaican high school athletes first competed in 1964 at the Penn Relays, which since then regularly attract over 15,000 high school, college, and track club athletes from the USA and abroad, notably Jamaica.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, was on hand at a special ceremony last year to deliver the flag to be flown at all future Games.

Penn Relays Director, David Johnson, said Jamaica would be the only country to be so honoured, because of the outstanding contribution made to the games by its athletes, in addition to the tremendous presence and support given to the games by Jamaicans from all over the United States and elsewhere.

“Jamaica’s participation in the games has greatly influenced the yearly attendance. This is evidenced by the great turnout and vast number of black, green and gold colours in the stands on a yearly basis,” said Johnson.

The 119th Penn Relay Games will be held from April 25 to 27 this year.

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