MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Milo Western Relay’s 42 years of steady staging can be damaged after the organisers introduced yesterday they had been cancelling this yr’s staging set for February 13 at G C Foster Faculty of Bodily Schooling & Sport in Angels, St Catherine.
The cancellation got here out of issues relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
The occasion that began in 1978 at Cornwall Faculty, and was run on grass till 2003 when it was relocated to the Mondo observe at Montego Bay Sports activities Advanced, had been a daily fixture on the native observe and discipline calendar and had attracted the highest excessive faculties, faculties and membership groups within the island.
The Milo Western Relays is the primary main meet to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic in any case 13 native meets that had been scheduled for January had been known as off and a quantity are anticipated to be rescheduled.
There are hopes, nevertheless, that observe and discipline meets will resume in February following Tuesday’s announcement in Parliament by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that sports activities will resume on a phased foundation quickly.
In a launch despatched out yesterday, Ray Harvey, meet director for Western Relays, mentioned the choice was “a tough and painful” one however “it was the proper resolution presently”.
Due to the unavailability of the observe at Montego Bay Sports activities Advanced the one-day meet had been moved to G C Foster Faculty of Bodily Schooling & Sport, and the organisers mentioned that together with the protocols that had been proposed by the Authorities, it had put undue pressures on the organisers.
The discharge learn moreover that, “After an intensive examination of the present state of COVID-19 within the nation and discussions with title sponsor Milo, the choice was taken to cancel this yr’s staging of the meet within the curiosity of the well being and security of all stakeholders.”
Harvey added that he was wanting “ahead to having the ability to stage the meet at its scheduled [time] for the second Saturday of February in 2022”.
“[We] look ahead to staging the meet on the refurbished observe on the dwelling of Milo Western Relays – the Montego Bay Sports activities Advanced in Catherine Corridor,” he mentioned.
— Paul Reid
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