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MVP Track Club president calls for repairs to MoBay's running track

Observer West writer

Thursday, November 01, 2018

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CATHERINE HALL, St James — Bruce James, president of the powerful MVP track club, has warned that if the artificial running track at the Montego Bay Sports Complex is not repaired soon, the widely successful MVP Grass Roots camp might not return to Montego Bay in the future.

On Saturday the venue played host to over 120 student-athletes from 31 schools, most of them from western Jamaica, in the one-day camp that had world-class coaches taking them through the basics in several track and field disciplines.

James described the event as “excellent”, pointing out that it continues to be popular among the students and the coaches in the region. But he warned that unless the track was re-laid or repaired they could be forced to forgo the Montego Bay stop in the future.

“The track has outlived its life and we need it, and if we don't have an IAAF-certified track we cannot conduct these courses,” he stated...and we can see the wear on the track now, and they need to get it fixed as it is crucial to Jamaican track and field.”

James said the Mondo track, the only one of the eight in the island located outside of the Corporate Area which was laid 17 years ago, is vital to the development of the sport of track and field.

“We think the track in Montego Bay needs to get some work done and it is such a crucial part of the western end for athletics, there is no other facility in the western end of the island that can compare.”

In July, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis promised that he would be leading the drive to get the running track repaired, telling the Observer West then that plans were advanced for the laying of a new surface.

While not going into details, he said, “All things are going to plan and I am hoping that the work would be done in six months.”

Councillor Davis said he was well aware of the poor state of the track which was badly worn in areas, especially at the start of the 100m and the relays.

“We are in possession of an estimate to re-lay the track at the (Montego Bay Sports Complex) and it is a little over $15 million, and we are now in the process of seeking the funding, whether through some benevolent agency or the Ministry of Sports,” he said then.

The running surface, which was laid at the same time as the one at the National Stadium that hosted the 2002 IAAF World Junior (Under -20) Championships, has hosted several track and field championships, including the 2011 Catifa Championships.

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