Preparations are underway to welcome Jamaica’s track and field team back to Birmingham as they prepare for the IAAF World Athletics Championships next month.
The team – who were based in the city before the 2012 Olympics – will bring 50 athletes to the University of Birmingham for a pre-competition training camp.Among those involved will be former world champion sprinter Yohan Blake and double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson.
They will make use of a new eight-lane athletics track and a £55million sports and fitness club which opened in May.
The university’s director of sport Zena Wooldridge OBE said: “We are very excited to have the opportunity of the World Athletics Championships in London to share our new track and indoor facilities with our Jamaican friends.
“We know how important this championship is to Jamaica, and we hope we can contribute in some small way to their success in London by creating an ideal preparation environment here in Birmingham.”