JAAA announces National Championships dates
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has announced that the National Junior and Senior Championships is now scheduled for June 20-23 at the National Stadium.
The JAAA’s Honorary Secretary Garth Gayle said in a press release that it is the most convenient date for all stakeholders.
Gayle said due to the late scheduling of the IAAF World Championships which will take place in Doha, Qatar from September 28 to October 6, there was some difficulty in arriving at a date suitable for all parties.
The announcement came after a number of coaches voiced concerns about what possible date changes may mean for their athletes' preparations for the Championships and other events on their calendar for the season.
Maurice Wilson, head coach of Sprintec Track Club, told The Gleaner earlier this week that his programme this season has been geared towards a Championships scheduled for July, as was suggested. And if the Championships should remain at its usual end of the June date, it will inconvenience his athletes. “In the interest of the sport, and in order not to bring the sport into disrepute, I will abide by the decision.”
But Paul Francis, one of the coaches at the University of Technology based MVP Track Club, believes that June was still the ideal time for Jamaica’s athletics.
USA Track and Field, the body which governs athletics in the United States, has moved their national championships to the end of July.