The 2020 Penn Relays have been cancelled, notifying Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Barbadians and other Caribbean-American people across the diaspora to Stay home! The Division of Recreation and the Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania officially announced on March 16 that the cancellation is due to the evolving coronavirus threat to the public. The online report said University of Pennsylvania officials expressed concerns about putting participating athletes, spectators, officials, staff and volunteers at risk.

The announcement came after the Jamaican government issued a travel ban for all Jamaican students scheduled to attend and compete in what was to be the 126th anniversary of the Penn Relays. Dr. Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s minister of health, made the official announcement on March 9, and at that point several online articles reported that the relays would go on as scheduled on April 24–26. As previously stated, days later this all changed. The Penn Relays were canceled after 125 years of competition.

The Penn Relays started way back in 1895 and many Caribbean countries such as Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana competed annually at the track meet.
-The Philadelphia Tribune