ATHLETICS: JAAA rules in favour of Bolt
Melton Williams, Gleaner Writer
Nickel Ashmeade will not be able to take up his 200-metre wild card entry at this summer’s World Championships in Russia.
This is so as the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has ruled in favour of sprint sensation Usain Bolt.
The JAAA, was forced to make a decision after the IAAF ruled last year that the overall diamond league winners would gain a wild-card entry for their respective events at the next World Championships.
The wild card is also offered to defending champions at the previous World Championships.
However, in cases where the Diamond League winner and the World Championships' defending champion hail from the same country, that country's national association will have to decide which athlete gets the wild card.
Ashmeade had received a wild card entry as the 2012 overall Diamond League 200-metre winner.
Bolt was given a wild card entry as the defending champions in the 200 metres.
Bolt was also involved in a similar situation in the 100-metre dash.
Bolt was the 2012 overall Diamond League winner, while his training partner Yohan Blake won the 100-metre at the last World Championship.
Blake received the wild card entry in the 100-metre dash.
Ashmeade will now have to compete at the June 20-23 Jamaica trial in order to qualify for the 200 metres.
Bolt will now have to run the 100-metre dash at the trial to earn his spot.
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