With certain amendments still to be made, the National Senior Athletics Championships this year will be merged with the National Junior Trials. There will also be an international flavour to the junior section of this year's edition, which will take place the last weekend of June. With no World Championships or Olympic Games this year as well as the Commonwealth Games being held in April, there were doubts as to whether a National Senior Athletics Championships would've been held.
Even the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) calendar of the events did not have a set date for the trials with officials of the local governing body noting earlier this year they were undecided. But JAAA president Dr Warren Blake has confirmed with RJR Sports that the National Senior Trials will go ahead as there are other senior international meets to come including the inaugural Athletics World Cup in England in July.
Dr Blake also revealed that as they have done from time to time in previous years, the JAAA would be merging the National Junior Trials with the seniors this year. This has been largely made possible as there is no junior meet entry deadlines to meet before the senior trials with the deadline for the World Under 20 entries being the day after the trials is completed.
There will an international flavour to this year's meet with Canada's Under 18s confirmed for the meet. The cancellation of the NACAC U18 Championships and Youth Olympic Games trials in Nicaragua, led to Athletics Canada approaching the JAAA to have their athletes compete at the national junior trials. The Canadians are expected to send a contingent of over 40 members to the meet. In the meantime, the JAAA Executive will meet on Monday to finalize the schedule and dates for the meet.