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Hurdling to hell

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Yet again, hurdles have been left out of the Digicel Grand Prix and that is insanity. The fact that we have on the cards a major local athletics event not catering to our best local athletes is shameful, to say the least.

Hurdlers have it hard. They are on the track but are not anywhere near as sexy an event as, say, the 100 and 200 metres. Yet, these men and women have consistently performed at high standards for many years.

One would have thought that, at least in an Olympic year, they would be placed on a pedestal as they have a real possibility of winning. Instead, we turn a blind eye to them.

Jamaica has a priority problem and that has seeped into sports. We have gold-medal potential and we stifle it. Is it any wonder why these athletes have started looking towards Qatar?

It only makes sense that potential gold medal-winning athletes move to a place where they are believed in and are funded.


Cohort of second-class athletes


We have a cohort of second-class athletes who are chomping at the bit but who do not get a look-in. A lot are still at school or have families. How are they to get the exposure if we won't place them on the ladder?

As they all have expenses, and an athlete is only as good as his/her last race, shouldn't we be doing our all to ensure that they get the best preparation?

Abandoning our hurdlers at this point could come back to bite us; and if they underperform during the Olympics, will events organisers stake the blame?

Let us hope that these men and women who have brought glimpses of happiness to a weary land find good prep events.

Let's wish them luck, but more than that, let us take them seriously so that they can make us proud.

Alexander Scott