Prime Minister Philip Davis’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony for the World Athletics Relays 2024

Ladies and Gentlemen 

Tonight, the eyes of the world are on The Bahamas! 

Guests, athletes,  officials, and all lovers of athletics from around the world, welcome to the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium here in the vibrant heart of Nassau, Bahamas. 

This weekend, the world’s finest athletes gather on our shores to embark on a journey that is not only about speed and strength but also about dreams and determination. From the serene beauty of our islands to the historic grandeur of Paris, this event marks a crucial path to the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

Here in The Bahamas, we are no strangers to world-class athletics or the warmth and exuberance that such international gatherings bring. It is a distinct honor to once again welcome the World Athletics Relays back to our islands. This event holds a special place in our hearts, symbolizing a bridge between nations brought together by the universal language of sport.

This year’s theme, “Paradise to Paris,” captures the essence of this journey. It is here, amidst the splendor of our sun-kissed beaches and the rhythmic sway of our palms, that the chase towards Olympic glory begins anew. We are thrilled to offer a backdrop of unparalleled beauty, where every sprint, every baton pass, and every victory lap is set against the picture-perfect canvas of our islands.

To our athletes, I say this: as you stand on the precipice of your dreams, ready to catapult yourself into the annals of history, know that you are part of a legacy of excellence and determination. This weekend, you are not only competitors but also ambassadors of your countries and the spirit of sport. We are especially proud of Team Bahamas, who carry the weight of their performance and the hopes and pride of our nation. You embody the  spirit of The Bahamian people, and we are behind you every step of the way.

To our visitors, I extend the warmest Bahamian welcome. Over the next few days, as you revel in the thrill of competition, take a moment to bask in the beauty of our islands. Discover why we proudly say, “It’s Better in The Bahamas.” Whether it’s the hospitality of our people, the tranquility of our waters, or the rhythm of our culture, you are in for an experience that captures the heart and rejuvenates the soul.

Let us celebrate the unity and friendship that sports foster, cheering every athlete and savoring the spectacle of human potential at its best.  I hope the races are swift, the results are inspiring, and the memories are lasting.

Welcome to The Bahamas, the paradise where champions chase their dreams to Paris. 

As your host, it is my immense pleasure to declare the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 2024 officially open!

Let the games begin!!