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Vox Pop | Coaches react to ISSA rule change ahead of Champs 2017

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 1:00 AM
Michael Clarke
David Riley
Danny Hawthorne
Michael Dyke
John Mair
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Michael Clarke (Calabar)

The decision is a retrograde one and I hope it is a move in the right direction. On the other hand, they could see it as a progressive step as they are thinking about the future for these athletes and they are thinking of the participation of more students at these Championships.

Danny Hawthorne (Wolmer's Boys' School)

From a health-wise perspective, I think this is a good decision as the principals are thinking about the protection of the athletes. This will not affect our team as we are in the building process and with this it will help in maximising the efforts of more students.

David Riley (Excelsior High)

The principals have made their decision and we just have to work with it. This will not affect my team adversely as we are always working on developing athletes, especially in hurdling. The timing could have been better but we will just have to proceed and do what we have to do by producing good athletes.

John Mair (Vere Technical)

The timing is bad to implement these changes in the middle of the season and will definitely affect my team especially in the sprints. If you can't beat them you have to join them and I am not surprised with the decision as coaches have no say on what goes on and are not given any respect.

Michael Dyke (Edwin Allen High)

I think more time should have been given to sensitise the coaches. However, a decision has been made and we have to work with it. This will definitely help bigger teams like mine and it will also help with more participation and more athletes will be given a chance to compete. This is difficult for the smaller teams which usually have limited athletes to maximise with and I am hoping this decision will not affect the quality of performances going forward.