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AUDIO: Coach Francis livid Carter out of 100m because of JAAA blunder

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 8:46 PMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
The application for Carter to replace Bailey-Cole was turned down, because his name was never submitted before the August 10 deadline for competitors at the 15th World Championship now underway.

BEIJING, China:
It has been revealed that the IAAF rejected Nesta Carter’s application replace the injured Kemar Bailey-Cole in the men's 100m because of a blunder by Jamaican administrators.

And Carter's coach, the MVP's Stephen Francis is livid.

"The problem is that the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association) made a horrible mess of the entry form," said Francis.

The Jamaicans had hoped that Carter, who finished fourth at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships would be allowed to join wild card entrant Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Nickel Ashmeade after Bailey-Cole suffered a hamstring injury during a pre-championships camp in Tottori, Japan. 
 
But the application for Carter to replace Bailey-Cole was turned down, because his name was never submitted before the August 10 deadline for competitors at the 15th World Championship now underway.

 

MVP coach Stephen Francis speaking with The Gleaner's Andre Lowe

"He is definitely out because the entries closed on August 10. After August 10 there can be no additions to the entries," said Francis.

"Normally for every event you are allowed four entries. On the day before the competition you have to then declare which three of the four will run. That’s the typical procedure for all championships," Francis continued.

"If somebody has a wild card then you are allowed a fifth entry, who is the wild card person. So it is standard, you enter the four people so long as you have all four qualified; its something that we know from ‘Champs’ days," he said.
 
"This is beyond incompetent. It is even beyond being dumb; I don’t know if there is a word we can find to describe this!" Francis blasted.

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"The problem is that those people are not supposed to be doing the entries. The entry is a technical form, which should be passed to the technical people. Somebody is supposed to be double-checking and we still have the same thing," he added.
 
Francis insists there was no accountability.

"Those responsible should be on a plane on their way home," Francis said.
 
Carter, a bronze medal winner in the 100m from the last World Championships in Moscow in 2013, was originally selected to compete in the 4x100m.

He is expected to feature in the sprint relays which get underway on August 29.