KINGSTON, Jamaica - Following the Class 2 boys’ 100m finals at the 2023 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships on Wednesday, which left Calabar High’s Khamani Gordon disqualified after he was found to have caused obstruction when he veered out of his lane and collided with Kingston College’s Nicardo Clarke, both schools said they have agreed to maintain peace.
In a joint statement on Thursday, the schools said, “both schools have discussed the issue and have taken the necessary action to maintain peace and the good relationship we currently enjoy.”
“The athletes from the respective track and field teams have not expressed any ill- intentions and are committed to remaining focused on competing in a respectful manner in accordance with the rules of the sport,” the statement read, adding that “In the interest of the sport and the schools, we ask that the public refrain from outbursts, tweets or posts that may incite violent or damaging action.”
After the obstruction Clarke was inconsolable after missing out on a podium spot following a collision with a Calabar athlete in the Class 2 boys’ 100m finals.
Clarke, who was expected to medal, was well- placed when Gordon veered out of his lane and got his hand tangled up with the KC runner before appearing to shove him, causing him to lose his balance.
However, Gordon was promptly disqualified after he was found to be the cause of the obstruction.
Gordon was found to have breached World Athletics’ technical rule 17.2.2 which speaks to obstruction by an athlete or a team.