Christopher Taylor confirms move abroad, denies assault on teacher

By May 31, 2019

Calabar High School track stat Christopher Taylor said he is focusing on returning to the track next season and has denied accusations that he assaulted a teacher at the school.

The 19-year-old Taylor endured a disappointing 2018/2019 track season during which he ran injured at his final ISSA Boys and Girls Championships and was beaten over his pet event, the 400m.

In his first public comments on both matters, Taylor sought to clear the air.

“Since my last run at the Grace/ISSA Boys and Girls Championship in March this year, I discovered I have an injury which requires me to seek extensive treatment. I have decided to undergo that treatment overseas along with recovery,” Taylor said, confirming the report first published by Sportsmax.TV that he was joining the camp of respected track coach Rana Rieder in Jacksonville, Florida.

“My focus now is full recovery for the 2019/2020 track and field season.”

Taylor, arguably the most successful Jamaican high-school athlete of the modern era, then turned his attention to the accusations made by Sanjay Shaw, a teacher at Calabar High School, that Taylor assaulted him during an incident that occurred in December 2018.

“Leading up to “Champs” a lot of misinformation has been published and I want to use this opportunity to clear the air,” he said.

“There was an incident with a teacher and members of the track team in December 2018.  At no time during that incident, I made any physical contact with any teacher.

“The incident was unfortunate and as the captain of the track team at the time, I acted in the most responsible way, which I believed helped to prevent any further physical altercations.”

Looking back at his illustrious high-school career, Taylor said he felt he served “Calabar with distinction on and off the track.”

“I achieved a number of personal and professional goals while being a student and I want to use this opportunity to thank my family, the entire school family (past and present) and the Jamaican people at home and abroad.”

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