Wed | Jan 19, 2022

Injured Broadbell to miss Olympic Trials, secures medical exemption

Published:Tuesday | June 22, 2021 | 12:13 PMAndrÈ Lowe/Sports Editor
Rasheed Broadbell (left) clears the final hurdle in the Men's 110 metres hurdles ahead of Ronald Levy (right) during the JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny series track meet at the National Stadium on Saturday, May 22, 2021.


Fast-rising sprint hurdler Rasheed Broadbell will not be competing at this week's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Associations (JAAA) National Senior Championships, after receiving a medical exemption, for an injury suffered on Saturday morning, during training.


Broadbell, whose 13.10 seconds makes him the third fastest man in the event behind compatriot Omar McLeod, 13.01, and American Grant Holloway, 13.07, was expected to challenge for the national title at the National Stadium this week, but has now been given the waiver, on the condition, that he can prove his fitness ahead of the selection of the team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.


The sprint hurdler's coach, Stephen Francis, confirmed the development, and noted that they are hoping that he will be able to return to the track in Lignano, Italy on July 3.


"I have a problem with Broadbell who got hurt on Saturday, while running his last time trial but he won't run (at the National Senior Championships), he probably could run, but he has a medical exemption, given that he is in the top three in the world. So we hope to get him to run in Lignano, Italy and then in Monaco or the week after, but he is surprisingly making good progress and we are optimistic," Francis told The Gleaner.


The JAAA's selection policy has a provision that allows top ranked athletes, who can prove that they are unfit to compete at the trials, the opportunity to show their return to fitness at a later date, before they name the nation’s team to the championships.


Athletes who are ranked/listed in the top three in the world for their event who are ill or injured at the time of the National Championships and are granted an exemption from competing at the Championships, may still be considered for selection provided that they are able to prove their world ranking form prior to the final submission of the entries for the competition," the policy reads.


Where an athlete has been granted an exemption and the Selection Committee has determined that such an athlete should be selected among the entrants for the event, that athlete shall be selected above the athlete placing third at the National Championships or in place of an athlete finishing in either of the first two places of the event, where that athlete has been determined by a medical panel, appointed by the JAAA, to be ill or injured and not being in a satisfactory physical condition to warrant being entered to compete," the policy continues.


The National Senior Championships will get underway on Thursday under strict COVID-19 safety protocols including no spectators, and will run until Sunday, June 27.