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Principals vote in favour of Champs changes

Published:Friday | January 20, 2017 | 1:46 PMRaymond Graham

Raymond Graham

Gleaner Writer

When the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships gets underway on Tuesday, March 28, there will be several adjustments to the five-days programme after principals voted in overwhelming support of five ___

At an ISSA meeting at the Terra Nova Hotel, the principals, who make up the membership of the organisation ratified the five proposed changes that were recommended by the technical committee of championships.

All 105 principals present at the meeting reportedly voted in favour of the changes which will see the boys 400m hurdles now being contested in Class One and Class Two; only girls from  classes one and two girls will be allowed to compete in the 3000m and the 2000m steeplechase and athletes will only be allowed to do two individual events and two relays, except in field events where athletes can do three individual events ands and one relay.

Also girls competing in the heptathlon can only do one other individual event while boys contesting the decathlon will not be allowed to do any other event. Additional, only classes one and two boys can compete in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase.

Keith Wellington, Vice President of ISSA and Principal of St Elizabeth Technical was very pleased with the outcome.

"As a member of the executive I am very pleased to know that the principals gave their full support in voting for the new proposals as this is really for the protection for the students athletes," Wellington told The Gleaner.