Bolt calls for JAAA lenience towards Danielle Williams

Voice of legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt

By Kayon Raynor

Sprint legend Usain Bolt believes the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)  should have done all in their powers to ensure that 2015 100 metre hurdles world champion Danielle Williams got the chance to represent the nation at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar later this year.

Williams, who protested her disqualification for a false-start in the women's 100m hurdles at the National Senior Trials on June 23, has been ruled out of contention to represent Jamaica in Doha, Qatar, by the JAAA which has decided to use the IAAF World Rankings as of August 16 to select the country’s the top three hurdlers. The JAAA has ruled the race null on void.

Williams, is still in contention to earn a spot to the World Championships via the IAAF wild card route, if she wins the Diamond League final race this year.

President of the JAAA Dr Warren Blake told the Gleaner last month that he is not sure the association would accept the invitation on her behalf. However, Bolt feels the local governing body should find a way to get Williams onto the team.

“When you have a number 1 athlete like she is, we need to give the person a chance. We know that going to the World Championship we should put our best foot forward; so figure out a way to get her into the team or if she runs at a higher level throughout the season. Rules are rules but we should find a way to put our best foot forward,” said Bolt.



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