Oblique Seville of Calabar just misses the Class 1 boys' Champs record of 10.12 with his 10.13 run at Champs 2019

The fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) has struck a massive blow in Jamaica, leading to the cancellation of the annual Boys and Girls Athletics Championships – Champs.

Several sporting events around the world have been cancelled or postponed because of the virus.

So far, over 125,632 cases detected worldwide and 4,607 deaths. Jamaica, on Tuesday, recorded one case.

“This was not a decision taken lightly,” said ISSA President, Keith Wellington. “We have been watching the developments with COVID-19 keenly, with a view to making the right decision should it ever-present here. Now that it is here, and the Health Ministry is discouraging mass gatherings, we feel strongly that this is the best decision,” he added.

The year 1944 was the only other recorded year Champs was cancelled, due to the world war.

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

30 thoughts on “CANCELLED! No Champs 2020”
  1. It was a hard deceision i believe, but a wise one. Safety first. Foreigners come to champs, along with media reporters, it not only Jamaicans go to champs. Interest groups who want to buy athletes for colleges abroad would have been there too. I am so disappointed that this measure have to be taken, but i believe it is wise one as said before.
    Are watching the speed of Corona?
    Seems that it is going for the World Championship?

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