Incident-free Champs, but...


Monday, April 02, 2012

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The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) is celebrating an "incident-free Champs" 2012, according to the association's president Dr Walton Small.

Minutes after the final presentations on Saturday's final day of the 102nd staging of the GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' National Athletics Championships at the National Stadium, Dr Small told the Jamaica Observer they had "absolutely no incident at all through the entire week".

"It is ISSA's commitment to make sure these championships are safe for all — the competitors, the officials and the spectators," said Small.

This was not by accident as the Wolmer's Boys' School principal pointed out that the over five months of planning bore fruit. "Proper planning paid off... we started planning as far back as October and things went basically as planned and the competition was great," he said.

Not everything was perfect, however, and Small said there was still one troubling development and that was the continued throwing of missiles, mostly plastic drink bottles on to the track from the bleachers end.

The ISSA head said they might need as an organisation to employ even more security and police and placing them at more strategic points.

"Normally we have police circle the field at the end, but we may need to have more inside the stands and well as on the outside... as there is evidence that some of the missiles are coming from outside as well," Small said.

That aside, Small went on to congratulate both Edwin Allen girls on their first win and Calabar High boys on theirs. "We want to especially congratulate Edwin Allen as they have been runners-ups so many times and it must be sweet for them," he noted.




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