Oblique Seville of Calabar just misses the Class 1 boys' Champs record of 10.12 with his 10.13 run at Champs 2019
Oblique Seville of Calabar just misses the Class 1 boys' Champs record of 10.12 with his 10.13 run at Champs 2019

The fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) has struck a massive blow in Jamaica, leading to the cancellation of the annual Boys and Girls Athletics Championships – Champs.

Several sporting events around the world have been cancelled or postponed because of the virus.

So far, over 125,632 cases detected worldwide and 4,607 deaths. Jamaica, on Tuesday, recorded one case.

“This was not a decision taken lightly,” said ISSA President, Keith Wellington. “We have been watching the developments with COVID-19 keenly, with a view to making the right decision should it ever-present here. Now that it is here, and the Health Ministry is discouraging mass gatherings, we feel strongly that this is the best decision,” he added.

The year 1944 was the only other recorded year Champs was cancelled, due to the world war.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.