JAAA remains firm with date for National Championships

Voice of JAAA General Secretary Garth Gayle

Despite mounting pressure from the international governing body, the date for the JAAA National Senior Championships will remain as June 20-23, according to JAAA’s General Secretary Garth Gayle. The JAAA executive met on Wednesday to discuss a possible change of date amidst mounting pressure from the international governing body to shift the date for the championship so as to avoid clashes with Diamond League and other meets.

But, Gayle says the JAAA is not budging from their current schedule. “The executive has reviewed the IAAF calendar along with our domestic and international events including our national championships and at the moment, the dates that have been put to the media and into the public domain remain the dates for our Senior and Junior Championships,”. Gayle's statement comes after a letter was sent from the IAAF, requesting that the JAAAs change the date.

The June 20-23 date would see the National Championship clashing with the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on June 20 while the Rabat Diamond League and Adidas Boost Games will take place just a few days before on June 16.

A reliable source revealed that an early August date was proposed for the championship to be moved to, but that date would clash with Jamaica's Independence celebrations. Also of a concern is the registration deadline dates for the July 5-7 NACAC Under-23 and Under-18 Championship, the Pan-Am Under20 Championship from July 19-21 and the Pan-Am Games from August 6-11. There has also been a concern expressed by organizers of the Prefontaine Classic with that meet scheduled for June 30.


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