Track and field to resume in Jamaica on Saturday

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Jamaica’s government has moved to resume track and field events on the island starting on Saturday (February 27).

Different events are slated to take place across eight venues.

“The JAAA has received permission from of the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to host a series of qualification trials to give our junior and senior athletes the much-needed competition,” a letter from  Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) competitions commission chairman, Ian Forbes said.

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The track and field season will be 10 weeks and end with the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships from April 27 to May 1.

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JAAA chairman, Ian Forbes

Forbes stressed the importance of coaches to observe COVID-19 protocols while training and meets are happening.

“It is important that coaches pay specific attention to the details in order to best use the opportunities presented. In this COVID-19 era, compliance is paramount and athletes, coaches, and managers will be held to a much higher standard in order to protect everyone and preserved the opportunities made available to us.”

The approval comes over two weeks after the Government of Jamaica had given the go-ahead for the resumption of sporting activities without spectators on a case by case basis.