No permit, no track meet: Qualifying Trials for this weekend postponed

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The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association has postponed the Qualifying Trials, which was scheduled to take place in the upcoming weekend.

According to Ian Forbes, the JAAA Competitions Commission’s chairman, the decision was taken Wednesday afternoon, after the relevant authorities failed to respond to a request.

Forbes said the committee on Monday, had concluded that a written permit from the authorities was needed by Wednesday at midday for the meet to be held.

He said up to 2:00 pm on Wednesday the requisite permit was not received, which forced the postponement.

According to Forbes, this means that the rest of the track and failed calendar for the season, will be affected.

“We have advised our planning committees to continue the preparations for the possibility of staging the Trials on February 20, which would mean all Trials have been pushed back by one week.

“We do hope that a permit will be issued by that time in this Olympic and World Junior year,” Forbes said.

The Government of Jamaica recently announced that sports on the island can resume activities, but each event will have to apply and given the approval before.

The island’s athletes have continued their training throughout the lockdown because of the COVID-19, in an effort to make teams to international events.

Later this year, the Olympic Games is scheduled to take place in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8. It had to be postponed from last summer because of COVID-19.

The World Junior Championships is scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya from August and 17-22.