Bad decision by NAAA
It’s not often I find myself agreeing with Anil Roberts but I also believe the National Association of Athletic Administration (NAAA) executive should step down. Not because of the PED issues involving Kelly-ann Baptiste and Semoy Hackett, but because of the astonishing and incomprehensibly foolish decision to allow Lalonde Gordon to run back-to-back 200 metres races prior to running the 400x400 relay on the same day.
I don’t think any other federation in the world would have taken this foolish decision. Look at Ethiopia, for example, who decided to let Meseret Defar, winner of the Women’s 5,000 metres, participate in this event at the expense of the 10,000 metres champion Tirunesh Dibaba, who has the fastest 5,000 metres time in the world this year and who wanted to double up at the World Games.
The folly of the decision to allow Gordon to run the relay becomes even more glaring when one considers the young Jamaican Jovan Francis, who ran the phenomenal last leg for the Jamaican team, had to settle for the silver medal at the Carifta Games this year behind our Machel Cedenio, who we had in Moscow as a tourist.
Claude A Job