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Sprintec beefs up security at training ground

Published:Sunday | January 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey

Maurice Wilson, head coach of the Sprintec Track Club, says that additional security personnel have been employed at their G.C. Foster College training ground in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The beefed-up security comes in the aftermath of last Tuesday's attack on Racers Track Club sprinter Zharnel Hughes, who was held up at gunpoint in an attempted robbery at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track at the Mona Bowl in August Town.

Wilson told The Sunday Gleaner that the institution has tightened up security around the athletes at the facility in light of the recent incident at the UWI/Usain Bolt track.

"Based on what transpired, we are not taking anything for granted, because we had dialogue with our board of governors and we have decided to put in additional security measures," said Wilson.

"We have never had any problems at G.C. Foster College because we have an excellent relationship with the school community and also surrounding communities. We are extremely confident that the community sees the college as part of the stakeholding process, but having said that, we have put in additional security measures just to be on the safe side," Wilson said.




He added that what happened to Hughes was very unfortunate, but he was happy that the athlete was not hurt in the incident.

"We are extremely disappointed (about the incident), but we are happy that Zharnel did not get hurt as he is one of the prominent athletes from overseas training at Racers Track Club," said the veteran coach.

Racers Track Club general secretary Cynthia Cooke told The Gleaner on Friday that the club is a tenant at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and as such, the responsibility for security lies with the school.

Paul Francis, coach of the MVP Track Club, which is based at the University of Technology, said that he would not comment on the matter at this time.