Journalists, track officials meet with a view to open doors
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.
Following a meeting yesterday morning at Lucas House on the University of Birmingham campus where the athletes are housed for the two-week camp prior to departing for the start of the London Games, both parties were able to chisel out a workable way going forward.
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 the media was denied access to either the team or the officials.
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 strain between both groups.