Williams Named On JA’s Team To World Championships


Seventeen-year-old World Junior Sprint champion Brianna Williams has been named on Jamaica’s team to the World Championships in Doha, Qatar. The provisional naming of the teen comes against the background of a hearing for doping allegations later this month.


The full team of 55 was named on Wednesday, during a press conference held at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) announced the members of Jamaica’s Team to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The 55-member team includes sprint superstars Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who are expected to take the 100 and 200 meters.

Sprint hurdler Omar McLeod has been named to lead the Jamaican team for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, which will be held from September 27 to October 6.

JAAA’s President Dr. Warren Blake explained the reason for selecting Williams who many feared would not go. He said that the Association believes in the principle of innocence until proven guilty and not selecting Williams for the team would be punishing her without confirmation that she has been found guilty.

Williams will be meeting with JADCO on September 23, 24 and 25. If found guilty she will be removed from the Jamaican team.


Shannon-Dale Reid

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