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Gayle concerned about aftermath of meet inactivity

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:18 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
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Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Garth Gayle said he was concerned by some of the performances at the Central Athletics Championships, which was held at the GC Foster College in St Catherine on Wednesday and Thursday....

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Garth Gayle said he was concerned by some of the performances at the Central Athletics Championships, which was held at the GC Foster College in St Catherine on Wednesday and Thursday.

Gayle told The Gleaner that a lengthy period of inactivity because of restrictions on movement amid the COVID-19 pandemic, meant many athletes performed below their usual standard. Now, he is hoping that as the season progresses, these performances will improve.

“My only concern is that I saw several of the girls weren’t really able to perform the way they could have, and would have had their training continued,” he said.

“I know our coaches are talented and competent, and they will manage the programme for these athletes. I am assured that they will be able to get the opportunity for them to perform at their best given the circumstances.

COACHES NOT TO BE UNDERESTIMATED

“I know that they will improve naturally because our juniors and seniors are talented, so don’t for one minute underestimate the ability of the Jamaican coaches. The Jamaican coaches have done us proud and will continue to do us proud.”

Gayle said that he was very impressed with the organisation of Central Champs because all the protocols and guidelines, which were put in place, were followed by everyone in attendance.

“We are grateful and thankful to the Government and all government agencies that have worked with the JAAA and ISSA for the resumption of the sport,” Gayle said. “We are going to ensure that the work that has been put in it, along with these stakeholders, [to ensure] that we will be able to continue and keep track and field alive in Jamaica.”

There have been over 44,642 total COVID-19 cases and 752 deaths in Jamaica since the start of the pandemic.

“COVID is here and it has ravaged many countries because it is not an easy thing, it is a deadly disease and so we cannot take for granted this situation that this disease and wrath has brought to this country,” Gayle said. “We have provided a protocol that created a safe environment and it has been proven so far and we continue to ensure that we provide a safe environment for our athletes to perform.”

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