The inaugural staging of the Racers Grand Prix has come and gone. The event was conceived among shouts of “can the country afford it” and “we already have a world-class meet? This column viewed all that as fair comment. The Jamaica International Invitational, held annually, on the first Saturday in May, was already embedded in the mind, and challenged the pocket of a country grappling to afford basic developmental infrastructure in addition to health and social necessities.

The Racers family, led by global coaching boss, Glen Mills, must have heard, but along with a team of organisers, pressed on. What they managed to expose to a massive live audience, two Saturdays ago, plus the millions watching from elsewhere, spoke in stentorian terms. It more than justified the effort and will last as a true testimony to resilience and the resolve to prove the doubters wrong.

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