JAAA Awards function pushed back to 2013

JAAA Awards function pushed back to 2013

Dania Bogle

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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THE Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Golden Cleats Awards function has been pushed back to 2013 as sponsor Scotiabank distances itself from the controversy that attended the body's recent election.

"The sponsors asked for the awards to be put off until next month because of the mud-slinging surrounding the elections," JAAA president Dr Warren Blake said at the Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange of reporters and editors.

The campaign leading up to the November 29 general election of the association which saw Blake, Lincoln Eatmon and Grace Jackson vying for the top post was marred by charges and counter-charges, especially involving athletics icon Donald Quarrie and Racers head coach Glen Mills.

Blake was quick to point out that his team had distanced itself from the negative images played out in the media.

"My team did not engage in any cross talk or mud-slinging," but that the sponsors wanted time to blow off before the function.

Meanwhile, Blake said, in the future, he would be working with sponsors to add glitz and glamour to the ceremony, where the male and female Athlete of the Year are announced, as they are effectively the best in the world.

"We're trying to improve it each year. Each year it's growing bigger and bigger," said Blake.

Olympic gold medallists Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce are tipped to claim the JAAA Male and Female Athlete of the Year prizes.

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