HARD-HIT: Student-athlete Ackera Nugent disappointed with Champs cancellation

The controversial cancellation of the Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships has hit home hard and Excelsior High School hurdles star Ackera Nugent was left disappointed, like so many others.

Girls 400 Hurdler Ackera Nugent

“For those who have their last year in high school and have no more age to compete as well as haven’t gotten the chance to compete and got the time that is required is really hard,” said Nugent.

The talented 17-year old lowered the World Youth 100m hurdles record with a stunning 12.89 seconds in 2019 and was slowly timing her preparation for another onslaught at Champs.

“This would have a bad impact on not only athletes but also coaches because they have athletes that were hurt and have now recovered and are ready to show what they have and also most coaches had to do stuff for athletes on their own. So it is really hard on them,” she pointed out.

On March 11, the Government in conjunction with the ISSA and title sponsor GraceKennedy decided that in light of the coronavirus hitting Jamaican shores the best thing was to cancel the popular five-day athletics meet scheduled to start on March 24.

High school coaches have previously expressed their disappointment with the decision, noting that the authorities should have postponed the event for a later date.