National head coach Maurice Wilson is among those hoping that local meets will resume soon in Jamaica, following the news that the government is looking to have sports commence in a couple of weeks.
Encouraging Signs Ahead?
Minister of Sport Olivia Grange recently revealed that after encouraging meetings with the Ministry of Health and Wellness recently, there are plans to opening up sports again and Wilson is hoping to see track and field meetings being hosted in “four or five weeks.”
Wilson, who has conditioned several of the country’s leading talents, such as national 400m champion and world championships silver medalist Demish Gaye, as well as 2017 world 400m bronze medalist Ristananna Tracey, noted that Jamaica needs to “get back to competition sooner rather than later.”
No track and field events have been held in Jamaica since the start of the year because of the global coronavirus pandemic and the veteran coach, who last served as head coach of the Jamaica national team at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar, thinks a bit of creativity may be needed until things can return to some sort of normalcy.
“I would want to think that the longer we take to get back to regular competition then we will have to be very creative,” Wilson said during an interview with Television Jamaica. “I think that we will have to be creative in terms of how we move forward.”
It is understood that there are nine track and field meets down to be staged on February 13 by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).