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Gayle back on IAAF panel - JAAA to lead educational campaign on new rules

Published:Saturday | December 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) General Secretary Garth Gayle is a very pleased man after recently being re-elected on the Technical Committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Gayle, who will be serving his fourth three-year term on the panel, was successful in a written and oral examination in August in El Salvador, where he also did a class presentation.

The Gleaner caught up with Gayle at the recent JAAA annual general meeting at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, where he spoke about his re-election and also some of the new technical changes in the sport, which came into effect in November.

"I am elated to be elected for another three years on the technical panel to sit on the NACAC panel of regional and international officials. It was a gruelling examination, which covers all the new rules which came into effect on November 1 this year, and will go into 2018 and so once again this is good for us to ensure that Jamaica has a representative on this panel," Gayle said.

"I have been involved in officiating in the sport for over 33 years, and in order to continue to work among the other stalwarts in the region, this is something which makes me extremely proud, and I am very happy that as a Jamaican, we are numbered among the best in officiating in the region and the IAAF at large," he continued.

Gayle used the occasion at the meeting to explain the new technical changes and how the information will be given out to the public. One of these included the exchange zone for the 4x100 metres relay. Unlike previously, where the total distance was 20 metres plus an acceleration zone of 10 metres, there will be no more acceleration zone as the entire exchange zone will be 30 metres.

"We will be using social media and other media entities in the country to get the information out to the athletes and coaches so they can be aware of the various changes going into the new season," said Gayle.

With next year being a quiet one, with there being no Outdoor World Championships and Olympic Games, Gayle was asked what would be the major goal for the association.

"It is not really a quiet year as we have the World Indoors in early March in Birmingham, England to be followed by the Commonwealth Games in April in the Gold Coast. These are two events that Jamaica has done well in over the years, and we continue to look forward to excellent performances. Looking back at the recent London World Outdoor Championships, we lost some ground, and we have a lot to make up, but I believe it will not be beyond us and I know our athletes will do well and our coaches have already been working with the athletes and I know the usual Jamaican dominance will be back," said Gayle.