BIRMINGHAM, England – The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) management team is working to get sprinter Briana Williams cleared to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England as a replacement for Kemba Nelson, who will miss the championships, while a second athlete has tested positive for COVID-19.
Williams was originally not expected to compete at the Games, which will see track and field action beginning on Tuesday at Alexander Stadium. However, Nelson’s unavailability has forced the management team here to move to get the Olympic relay gold medal winner on the team.
According to our information, Williams originally did not indicate her availability for the Commonwealth Games.
The women’s 100m heats begin on Tuesday, but Williams is yet to depart the United States and is still awaiting word on the status of her clearance from the Commonwealth Games Federation.
After it was revealed a few days ago that a Jamaican athlete had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in isolation in Birmingham, news has surfaced that a second athlete has failed the arrival test.
Meanwhile, team manager Ludlow Watts confirmed that Fedrick Dacres, the 2019 World Championships discus silver medallist, will not be able to compete at the Games.
There were doubts around Dacres’ eligibility after he was left off the final list of entries for the event but subsequently appeared to be listed to compete here.
“He (Dacres) is on some start list so I'm going to actually deal with the matter now and once that is confirmed (that he is able to compete here) we are going to do everything to get him flown in immediately,” Watts said on Saturday.
He, however, told the Jamaica Observer later that his checks showed that Dacres was in fact not registered to compete.