JC/Pure Wata meet to return to old format
IN anticipation of the upcoming JC/Pure Wata track and field meet on January 6, chief organiser Ian Forbes said the meet is returning with a significant adjustment to the format, following COVID-19’s impact on the event.
During the pandemic safety protocols led to the separation of boys’ and girls’ sessions, with females competing first, followed by the male events. But next year’s staging will return to both sexes competing simultaneously.
“For next year’s staging of the event they will be competing concurrently, where you will have boys’ Class Three event and then the girls right after, so they will be mixed again — and next year is the first after COVID-19,” Forbes explained.
He added that organisers are not only focusing on the reunion of the genders but also expanding the array of events. Forbes stated that the planned competitions include all sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, 100m, and possibly the 400m, which will be confirmed in the coming days. Additionally, the meet will feature the 800m, 3000m, 5000m, discus, shot put, long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
Addressing the significance of the JC/Pure Wata meet, Forbes said it serves a dual purpose, firstly as a qualifier for the prestigious Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships and secondly as a points-earning opportunity for world rankings. The event enjoys official sanction from Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and World Athletics, adding to its prestige.
As the track and field community eagerly awaits this exciting event the JC/Pure Wata meet is poised to bring together top talents, foster healthy competition, and serve as a crucial platform for aspiring athletes to qualify for major championships.
The merger of boys’ and girls’ events signals not only a return to regular operations but also a step forward in promoting inclusivity and equality within the sporting landscape.