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Changes coming for 'Champs'

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 1:00 AMRaymond Graham
Dr Walton Small

When the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships gets under way in March, a new event will be added to the programme as the Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400 metres hurdles.

It was previously an open event, which meant that athletes from any class could compete, but at a special meeting yesterday involving the executive members of the planning committee for the championships, the decision was taken for this change.

Several weeks ago, ISSA had sent letters to the respective school principals regarding five new proposals for the upcoming championships, with consultation with coaches and members of the organising committee of Champs also taking place at a meeting at Wolmer's Girls' school last month where several recommendations were made by the coaches.

Field event athletes will now be able to do three events in this discipline or two field events and two relays. Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events and with a maximum involvement in two relays allowed.

Unlike previous years when females used to compete in the heptathlon and up to three other individual events, this will no longer be allowed as heptathlon athletes will now only be allowed to do one other event.

Class 3 girls will not be able to compete in the Steeplechase and 3000 metres anymore as this will now be restricted to Classes 1 and 2 only. At the same time the proposal to exclude Class 2 boys from the 5000 metres will not happen as both Classes 1 and 2 boys will be allowed to compete in the Steeplechase and 5000 metres.

According to a reliable source, the decisions taken at the special meeting yesterday will be taken to the principals later this month for ratification.