JAAA boss concerned that athletes may be afraid to resume competition after COVID-19 lockdown

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Renardo Brown

There is concern that athletes could decide not to compete over fears of contracting the coronavirus, when Jamaica's governing body for track and field gets the go ahead to resume live sports.

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake revealed that the association is anticipating a return of live sports locally and plans are being put in place to have track and field quickly, following horse racing, in returning to the track.

But, Blake feels there might be athletes who will stay away due to fear of the virus.

Meanwhile, with talks of increasing the cost to use the facilities at Independence Park, Blake said, if a limited number of spectators is approved for track and field meets at the National Stadium, it means only the Grandstand would be utilized, adding that the JAAA would seek to market and sell the content of the event being staged.

There is still uncertainty surrounding the return of track and field with three months to go before the end of the current season.

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