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Edino Steele fails to report to World Champs training camp, Chambers to replace him

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor - Sports
Chambers ... All I want to do is focus right now on going to represent my country.

NACAC Senior Championship 400-metre bronze medallist Ricardo Chambers is to replace Edino Steele at the World Championships in Beijing, August 22-30.

The belated decision to call Chambers to join the team was made after Steele, a member of Jamaica's 4x400m relay pool, failed to report to the team's pre-championships camp in Tottori, Japan.

Officials have also been unable to contact him.

Several weeks ago, Steele finished fourth at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships.

Our sources say neither JAAA officials nor Steele's coach, Glen Mills, have been able to reach the athlete, who last competed in Sweden on July 30.

Chambers was surprisingly left off Jamaica’s team to the championships even though he is the third fastest Jamaican in the world this year.

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Apparently unaware of the reasons behind the sudden turn of events, Chambers told The Gleaner Thursday morning that he was notified today that he will be joining the team within the coming days.

"I actually got a notice this morning and I am really happy. All I want to do is focus right now on going to represent my country," he said.

Chambers is expected to travel from Florida to Jamaica by Friday to sort out his visa arrangements and then depart to join the team.

It is not clear whether Chambers will join the team that is already in camp in Japan, or later on in Beijing.