Local Olympic trials postponed due to weekend curfew

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Local Olympic trials postponed due to weekend curfew

The National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) Olympic trials due to take place this Sunday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium have been postponed.

This is due to this weekend’s curfew hours, implemented by Government to curb the spread of the covid19 virus.

The curfew period for Sunday will take place from 10 am until 5 am on Monday.

Acting NAAA president George Commissiong said on Wednesday, “Given the fact that the curfew kicks in at ten o’clock on Sunday morning, we can’t have it on Sunday. So we’re trying to see if we can reschedule.”

Just Tuesday, the NAAA issued a media release, indicating that they “received approval from the Minister of Health, to host two Olympic trials on June 20 and 27 respectively.

“These events are intended to provide our Olympic hopefuls with final opportunities to attain the relevant standards for the Tokyo Olympics,” the media release continued. “The qualification period for the Olympics end on June 29.”

Commissiong said they will now have to go back to the Health Ministry for approvals for the change of date.

He told media that they are looking at two options, one of which will see day one cancelled altogether and they keep the June 27th date.
“Or we can try to see if we can get the date that was approved, the 20th, (shifted) to the 21st,” he said. “But that has implications as to whether we can get officials and athletes.”

The events will be by invitation to eligible athletes only and no spectators will be allowed.”