When the 2017 ISSA Boy's and Girl's Athletics Championships get underway in March, a new event will be added to the programme. Class 2 boys will now compete separately in the 400 metres hurdles.
Previously, it was an open event but at a special meeting on Friday by the executive members of the planning committee for the championships, the decision was taken for this change.
Several weeks ago, ISSA had sent letters to the respective school principals regarding five new proposals for the upcoming championships.
There was consultation with coaches and members of the organizing committee of ‘Champs’ at a meeting at Wolmer's Girls' School last month where several recommendations were made by the coaches. Field event athletes will now have the option of doing three events in this area or two field events and two relays.
Track athletes will be restricted to two individual events only and in addition they can do two relays. Unlike previous years when females competed in the heptathlon and at least three other individual events, the females will now only be allowed to contest the heptathlon and one other event.
Class 3 girls will no longer be able to compete in steeplechase and 3000 metres which is now restricted to classes 1 and 2 only.
At the same time, the proposal to exclude class 2 boy's from doing 5000 metres will not materialise as both classes 1 and 11 boys will be allowed to compete in steeplechase and 5000 metres.
According to a reliable RJR source, the decisions taken at the special meeting today will be taken to the principals later this month to be ratified.