Jamaican High School Boys' and Girls' Championships Concludes with KC and Hydel High Victorious
Jamaican High School Boys' and Girls' Championships Concludes with KC and Hydel High Victorious

KINGSTON, Jamaica (April 20) – Jamaican high schools that have recruited overseas students for their sports teams are facing a major setback following the implementation of new regulations by the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA).

The recent announcement states that ISSA has put a limit on the number of foreign nationals that are permitted to participate in their sports competitions. The quota system, similar to the existing policy for transfer students, was voted on by principals in January, as confirmed by ISSA President Keith Wellington.

Nonetheless, there are exemptions for certain individuals, including Jamaican national children returning to the country, members of the diplomatic corps, and international students below the age of 16.

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“Well, at the last general meeting of principals in January, principals voted to apply the quota rule to all foreign nationals coming to Jamaica and enrolling in schools after the age of 16,” said Wellington in a statement.

“Therefore, it means effective [this coming] September for all ISSA competitions, the quota system will be applied to students who are enrolled from abroad and who are foreign nationals and would have already attained the age of 16 when they started school in Jamaica. It also means that if a foreign national was enrolled in a school in Jamaica before the age of 16, the quota rule would not apply to them.”

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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.