Scheduling cock-up sees Briana Williams withdraw from Carifta 200m

By April 12, 2019

The 2018 Austin Sealy Award winner, Briana Williams, is likely to be withdrawn from the 200m over a  gaffe in scheduling at the 2019 Carifta Games being hosted by the Cayman Islands from April 20-23.

The 17-year-old Williams is one of the few star athletes down to compete at the meet and will now only compete in the 100m.

The issue surrounds having the 200m semi-finals and finals on the same day, which goes against the norm of having the semi-finals and finals a day apart. Organizers have scheduled the 200m semis and finals for Sunday, April 22.

By then she would have completed her three rounds and finals of the 100m. 

“Briana, as the Austin Sealy Trophy winner from 2018, was looking forward to a chance at possibly winning it back to back, but as her coach, I can’t have her running on a schedule that requires her to run all 6 rounds in the space of 24 hours,” Boldon told Sportsmax.TV on Friday.

“In all my years in the sport, I’ve never seen that required of a junior sprinter. She’s out of the 200m if that’s the schedule. I informed the Jamaican federation last week so that they can make the necessary arrangements with personnel.”

Darrel Rankine, Head of Competition at the 2019 Carifta Games defended the schedule saying it was approved by NACAC. He also said he sent the schedule to all the participating federations in December 2018. He admitted that there were a few queries about the schedule but did not indicate if those queries were specific to the scheduling of the 200m races.

Dr. Warren Blake, President of the JAAA, Williams’ federation said he was aware of the issue with the scheduling of the 200m races, admitting that it had slipped by their technical committee. “We are aware of the schedule but it was too late for there to be any changes,” he said.

However, President of NACAC Victor Lopez suggested that the JAAA could communicate with Head of the NACAC Technical Committee, the Barbados-based Ester Maynard, to express their concern about the schedule and “she would look into it”.

Phone calls to Maynard on Friday went unanswered. It was suggested that she might have been travelling from Barbados to the Cayman Islands to assist with preparations for the Games.

Williams won the U18 100m, 200m, and was a member of the gold-medal winning 4x100m relay team, ending the 2018 Carifta Games with three gold medals. For her efforts, she was adjudged the most outstanding athlete of the meet, the first Jamaican to win the Austin Sealy Award since Yohan Blake back in 2007.

 

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