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ISSA nonetheless awaiting Authorities correspondence on Champs | Sports activities

President Keith Wellington says that ISSA is awaiting steering from the Authorities earlier than addressing any potential affect the brand new COVID-19 restrictions might have on the staging of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Ladies’ Athletics Championships (Champs).

Prime Minister Andrew Holness introduced tighter restrictions on Sunday in mild of an increase in COVID-19 instances. These restrictions embody a revised weekend curfew beginning at this time at midday and lasting till 5 a.m. on Monday. The brand new curfew hours, which is able to final for the subsequent three weekends, might have an effect on the completion of the junior athletics season which additionally consists of Champs which is scheduled for the final week in April.

Wellington confirmed {that a} proposal has been despatched to the native authorities for approval however in mild of the brand new restrictions, ISSA is awaiting suggestions whether or not modifications are required however wouldn’t remark particularly on how the brand new measures would have an effect on Champs or occasions main as much as Champs.

“I might wish to know that. That is why I can not converse on it,” Wellington informed The Gleaner. “We’re working in opposition to the data that may enable us to talk on the matter, however proper now we can’t converse on the matter till we’ve been absolutely appraised by the Authorities.”

Champs was postponed from its authentic March date due to the surge in COVID-19 instances.

Sports activities was given the approval to renew on a case-by-case foundation on February 5 however athletics resumed on February 27 as they awaited approval of COVID-19 protocols to compete. Meets occurred at numerous places for the previous 4 Saturdays however now faces issues due to the brand new measures.

Whereas Native Authorities Minister Desmond McKenzie mentioned that he’s happy with the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Affiliation’s (JAAA) COVID-19 protocol enforcement of the meets, and that they might proceed so long as the usual is maintained, JAAA First Vice President Ian Forbes says that they’re awaiting additional correspondence on potential meets through the three-weekend interval. Forbes mentioned that he’s optimistic that they might be capable of host occasions to facilitate athletes getting the required occasions for Champs and different competitions.

“The Qualification Trials are completely needed as a precursor to Champs,” Forbes mentioned. “We’re hopeful that we’re capable of have some extra Qualification Trials to facilitate these athletes’ qualification for Champs and to achieve marks which can assist them to safe scholarships for each native and abroad establishments.”

The Jap Athletics Championships, in addition to the Central Championships scheduled for this week, needed to be referred to as off as each occasions didn’t safe the required approvals.

daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com

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