JAAA to investigate Sachin Dennis' potential move to Bahrain

By November 06, 2019
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Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) is revealing that he plans to launch an investigation into reports of the potential move of the young Jamaican sprinter Sachin Dennis to Bahrain.

There are also concerns over the fact that any attempt to move the young sprinter to Bahrain would flout the recently established IAAF rules governing the transfer of allegiance.

“It is something that we are concerned about. We will be looking at it and taking a strong stance against it,” Dr Blake said.

Under the new rules established in 2018, there will be a minimum three-year waiting period before an athlete may transfer to represent another Member Federation, an athlete can transfer only once and that no transfers take place before the age of 20.

Dennis, who turned 17 in August, is one of Jamaica’s brightest prospects in the 100m sprint, having clocked a world record 10.20s over the 100m at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships on March 23, 2018.

However, based on reports emerging in Jamaica media, he might not be available to compete for Jamaica in the coming years. Television Jamaica reported on Tuesday night that the St. Elizabeth Technical High student was in the process of switching allegiance to Bahrain, a country that has already recruited a number of Jamaican athletes in recent years.

The report also stated that Dennis’ mother Claudette Anderson is against such a move. However, his father Dalfry Dennis is reportedly pushing to make the move a reality. The situation is raising concerns for the JAAA.

“Yes, we are concerned that he could be sent off to Bahrain. It raises a lot of questions as to why and what incentives are being offered to the people around him,” Dr Blake told Sportsmax.TV on Wednesday morning.

“There is also a case for the Child Development authorities because he is still a minor. We have to investigate a matter like that, especially since he is underage if it is being done for financial gain.”

Asked whether there was anything the JAAA could do to prevent Dennis from leaving seeing that he had not yet represented Jamaica, Dr Blake said he recalls that Dennis had represented Jamaica in the past.

Checks by Sportsmax.TV revealed that Dennis suited up for Jamaica between June 30 and July 1, 2018, at a U18 International Meet between Jamaica and Canada at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Dennis ran in Section II of the Boys U17 100m but did not finish. Christopher Taylor won the race in 10.11s.




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