Tina Clayton at Champs 2019 - Jamaica high school
Tina Clayton at Champs 2019

Track and field will resume in Jamaica this weekend after getting government approval.

The JAAA, in a letter to coaches and team managers, said they have “received permission from the Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, The Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development, to host a series of Qualification Trials.”
The Trials, the JAAA said, is to “give our junior and senior athletes the much-needed competition.”

The correspondent, sent by Ian Forbes, JAAA Competitions Commission Chairman, noted: “THERE WILL BE STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF ALL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS.”

According to the schedule, the meets, all under the control of the JAAA, will be STETHS, Kirkvine, GC Foster, Jamaica College, National Stadium, UWI, Calabar and Excelsior.
The National Stadium in Kingston will host senior athlete only and offer only the 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles, 100m hurdles, 800m, shot put, long and long jump.

Calabar High Track will offer all sprint hurdles and 100m, Excelsior only field events – spot put, javelin throw, triple jump, long jump and discus.

At the Usain Bolt, UWI Track, juniors will be in action in the long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, 5,000m, 1500m, 2000m steeplechase and 3,000m.

Jamaica College track will host athletes for the 400m, 400m hurdles, 200m, 800m and high jump.
Over in Spanish Town at GC Foster, the events listed are all hurdles only, while Kirkvine will host the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3,000m, 5,000m and 200m (class 4 girls only).

In Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth, STETHS will have the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, discus, shot put, long jump, and high jump.

February 27 to April 24 is the timeline set for the meets.

There is also a schedule for how athletes will take to the competition areas.

Session 1: Junior Girls – 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Sanitization – 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm
Session 2: Junior Boys – 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Session 3: Senior Male & Female – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Different Venue).

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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.