BIRMINGHAM, England – The way has been cleared for greater co-operation between the Jamaican media contingent and the management for the track and field team here preparing for the Olympic Games that get underway later this week.
This morning team leader Donald Quarrie, men’s team manager Ludlow Watts, and female team manager Merlene ‘Terry’ Hamilton, met with members of the media and ironed out the impasse created earlier when reporters were denied access to either the team or the officials.
The meeting was at Lucas House at the University of Birmingham where the athletes are housed for the two week camp.
Quarrie, who fielded questions on the technical aspects of the camp, said they were “happy to meet with the media” in what was a relaxed atmosphere lasting nearly an hour, 20 minutes or so of which was just informal chat about track and field.
Members of the Jamaican media who had arrived here since Tuesday were not allowed access to the training facilities which saw increased security as the week went on, causing some amount of friction between both groups.
This morning, after about three days of calling back and forth between both camps, Quarrie called the Observer team to set up a meeting at Lucas House.