The International Association of Athletics Federations have approved the switch of allegiance of sprinter Delano Williams, from the Turks and Caicos Islands to represent Great Britain.

The World Junior 200metres champion is now eligible to compete for Britain at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, as he has already achieved the ‘A’ qualifying time for the event.

It is a major boost for British athletics as Williams’ best time of 20.27 seconds is better than any British athlete has run in five years.

Speaking on his transfer of allegiances, Williams stated: “I am very pleased that my transfer of allegiance has been confirmed and I am excited to be aiming towards a British team this summer.

“Any athlete who saw the Olympics would feel an affinity with British fans as they showed how much they love the sport. I hope to receive a similar warm welcome in a British vest this season.”

The 19-year-old is able to switch to the Great British team as his native country are not recognised by the International Olympic committee and the Turks and Caicos Islands are registered as a British overseas territory.  

Similarly Rabah Yousif has also joined Great Britain, after his transfer from Sudan was also confirmed. The 400metre runner is a former England under-20 and under-23 champion.

 

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