COVID restrictions could see fewer athletes participating in CHAMPS 2021

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Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) president, Keith Wellington, has revealed that the administration is inching closer to finalising a date for this year’s Boy’s and Girl’s Championships.

The annual event was cancelled for just the second time since it (Boy’s Champs) began in 1910, as part of effort to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.  With the pandemic still raging across the island, however, a much-changed event will take place at the National Stadium in a few months’ time, but discussions remain ongoing regarding the exact date.

Based on present plans, Champs could either be staged in March from the 23 to 27th or later in the year from May 4-8.

“We are very prepared to have it be a spectatorless affair.  Remember, we have two dates in mind and timelines are important,” Wellington said in a recent television interview.

“If it’s the March date, then the likelihood of no spectators is much greater than the May date,” he added.

Other restrictions could mean that only around 1000 athletes will be able to participate, much less than the 2400 athletes that usually take part.  That change will mean that for events like the sprints only 32 athletes will be allowed to enter, and the list will be comprised of the top-two regional athletes and the next best 24.

Only 24 will be eligible to compete in the hurdles and 800m events.