Full statement from Calabar with questions for ISSA amid 2017 launch boycott
Amid recent controversy surrounding a decision by ISSA to allow Ugandan Ari Rodgers to represent Kingston College at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships, the defending champions Calabar High has boycotted this morning's scheduled launch of the 2017 staging.
Calabar has sought an explanation from ISSA as to why Rodgers is being allowed to compete despite entering Kingston College after September.
Here is the latest statement from Calabar in full:
Following on our press release of March 14, 2017, in which we stated our intention to employ various modes of expression of our on-going discomfort with the still unexplained ISSA decision to admit the ineligible Ugandan athlete, we are using this occasion, the public return of the trophy which we won at the 2016 Boys and Girls Athletic Championships, to make the following comments:
1. We call upon ISSA to pay us the courtesy of a response to or at least an acknowledgment of our letter requesting a copy of their written ruling or statement on the matter in question;
2. We again urge ISSA to reflect on the ways in which their decision may be interpreted as jeopardizing the level playing field to which all participants in this Championship are entitled, thereby calling into question the very integrity of the organization of this proud showpiece of Jamaican junior athletics;
3. We believe that the issues of governance which have been highlighted as a result of the juxtaposition of this particular ISSA decision against former decisions to which we are privy, are serious issues which, if left unacknowledged and unaddressed, have implications for our participation in activities surrounding this year's staging of the Boys and Girls Championship as well as other ISSA organized competitions going forward.
As a consequence, we regret that Calabar High School will not be in attendance at the launch of the Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for later today.