The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships (Champs) will be contested over six days in 2021 as ISSA has released a draft that shows the competition running from Monday, March 22, to Saturday, March 27. ISSA, however, released a contingency date for May 4-8 should there be another spike in COVID-19 cases around the time planned.
The competition was cancelled for 2020 because of the pandemic, with Jamaica recording its first official case just weeks before it was to be held at the National Stadium.
The Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association, led by President David Riley, made several proposals to ISSA, in recent weeks, for the hosting of Champs, and ISSA President Keith Wellington said, “The proposals have been formulated by our technical committee, which included two coaches representing them.”
Local high schools were competitive for the first time since March earlier this month with the staging of the Tyser Mills Development Meet at Calabar High School. Organisers were pleased with the staging, saying that all health protocols put in place were adhered to by athletes, officials, and spectators.