The governments of the world sprint and middle-long distance capitals, Jamaica and Kenya, have agreed to exchange technical expertise in track and field.
The agreement will see long-distance specialists giving support to coaches and athletes here on the island. It will also see sprint experts from Jamaica giving assistance to Kenya in the 100, 200 and 4×100 meters.
At first, the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) were not in support of the agreement, because of a lack of consultation involving the crafting of the agreement. However, JAAA President, Dr. Warren Blake, is now in full support of the government to government agreement with Kenya.
Dr. Blake said that even though the JAAA was not included in the initial process, the agreement supports the association’s vision for Track and Field which is to “broaden the scope, as that is the only way we are going to stay on top for the long term”.
Dr Blake also cautioned that it is a process, and it should not be rushed, as it will take time for Jamaica to see great results in the middle and long-distance.
By Shannon-Dale Reid