Starting this Saturday, the 22nd of May, athletes competing at the JOA/JAAA Olympic Destiny Series is likely to share over $2.1 million in prize money.
Last week, the JOA announced it would be supporting Jamaica’s track and field athletes buildup to the Tokyo Olympic Games by partnering with the JAAA to stage the Olympic Destiny Series.
The JOA has pumped $14.4 million into the preparation meets, $7 million will go towards the series of meets, and $7.5 million will go toward financing the National Championships.
The three meets will be on the 22nd of May, 29th of May and 5th of June. Jamaica’s National Championships, scheduled for June 24 – 27 at the National Stadium, is to select the country’s team for Tokyo.
Garth Gayle, President, JAAA, said track and field athletes have been yearning for this opportunity to compete and earn since the Pandemic struck in March 2020.
“Since last year March, many of our athletes have not been able to earn from the sport that they love, and this initiative has brought about an opportunity for us to showcase our athletes and give them an opportunity to earn,” said Gayle.
Christopher Samuda, President of sports’ parent body in Jamaica, noted that this strong support fits their mandate and will be replicated through the years.
“The JAAA is a treasured member of the Association. We always look towards ensuring that our relationships in the industry are built on solid foundations.”
Prize Money Athletes
Position Premier Classic
First $100,000. $70,000
Second $60,000 $35,000
Third $40,000 $20,000
Fourth $20,000 $15,000
Fifth $14,000 $12,000
Sixth $12,000 $10,000
However, for athletes to receive prize money, they MUST achieve the below standards.
Male Time Female Time
100m 10.40 100m 11.30
200m 20.70 200m 23.10
400m 46.20 400m 52.20
400mH 50.40 400mH 56.00
110mH 13.60 100mH 13.30
Long Jump 7.50m Long Jump 6.00m
Shot Put 18m
Triple Jump 13.50
The Organizing Committee will select ten (10) disciplines, six premier and four classic events each week for which prize money will be paid to Jamaican nationals ONLY.
In the first week, the men’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles and discus will be the prize money events.
The women’s prize money events will be the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles and long jump.
The organizers reserve the right to make changes if necessary.
SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY
08:10 AM OPENING
08:15 AM 100M WOMEN
08:30 AM 100M MEN
08:55 AM 100M HURDLES WOMEN
09:10 AM 110M HURDLES MEN
09:15 AM 800M MEN
09:25 AM 200M WOMEN
09:35 AM 200M MEN
09:55 AM 400MH WOMEN
10:10 AM 400MH MEN
10:20 AM 400M WOMEN
10:30 AM 400M MEN
08:30 AM LONG JUMP WOMEN
08:45 AM DISCUS WOMEN
09:15 AM LONG JUMP MEN
09:30 AM DISCUS MEN
09:40 AM SHOT PUT MEN
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