Jamaican athletes left without gears at Mexico CAC games

PAUL A REID Observer Writer

Friday, July 05, 2013

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — A number of Jamaica’s athletes might not be able to compete on today’s opening day of the XXIV Central American and Caribbean senior track and field championships (CAC) in Morelia, Mexico as their competition gear has not arrived, the Observer has learned.

Many of the athletes complained on various social media sites Friday that the delay in the arrival of the gear has stopped them from competing, as they did not have the prescribed uniforms required.
One athlete wrote on her Facebook page, “I guess I will be watching (event deleted) from the side lines. Thank you (JAAA) for the vacation I never needed.”
She explained that the gear for the team had not arrived and officials had asked them to compete in their school uniforms but according to the IAAF rules that would not be allowed.
Efforts to get a response from JAAA officials Friday were unsuccessful as no one was available to comment.
A member of staff who answered the phone at the JAAA’s offices told the Observer that senior staff were busy trying to get the remainder of the team to the IAAF World Youth Games off to Ukraine and could not comment.
JAAA president Dr Warren Blake’s cell phone rang without an answer while General Secretary Garth Gayle was said to be in a meeting.
 The Observer also learned that the gear for the World Youth team only arrived on Tuesday a day after the team was due to leave the island.
 The team’s departure to the meet, due to start on Wednesday, was delayed a few days due to visa issues.


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