President Garth Gayle says that the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) will not be rushed into a final decision regarding the nation’s junior athletes’ participation in regional and international competitions this year.
The North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) is expected to decide on the fate of the Carifta Games next month and as athletes attempt to achieve the qualifying standards for the World Athletics Under 20 Championships scheduled for August in Kenya. The Carifta Games had to be pushed back twice because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and conflicts with regional examinations. The rescheduled meet is set for August 13-15 in Bermuda but that is now in jeopardy because of a spike in cases in the country.
Gayle, who had previously committed to sending teams to both competitions, says that the JAAA will evaluate all factors before a final decision is made on participation in either the World Under 20s or Carifta, should the latter still be held.
“At no time, the JAAA makes decisions from a one-person position,” Gayle told The Gleaner. “It goes through the various committees or subcommittees and then on to the executive, who will be collectively reviewing all the points, and all the factors in arriving at a decision.”
WITHDRAWAL FROM GAMES
Jamaica withdrew recently from the World Athletics Relays in Poland because of strict travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, which the JAAA says made it “extremely challenging for the Jamaican team and officials to participate”.
Domestically, the junior season