Athletics Association Confirms Receipt Of Francis’ Transfer Inquiry

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The Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) has confirmed that it has received a communiqué, via email, from the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)) on the request for transfer of allegiance for Montserrat-born athlete, Miguel Francis.
This is according to the ABAA President Everton Cornelius who, although confirming the discovery of an email sent months ago, insisted the matter is an internal one and will be handled accordingly.

Former national sprinter, Miguel Francis.

“I dug to the whole bottom of the stuff and found out what went wrong. Things like that should never happen. You can’t just ignore things that come into the box, especially something as important as that, and nobody responds to it. It’s a basic question they asked and we just had to reply and let them know what our position was,” he said. 
News of Francis’ successful transfer broke in early April with British Athletics announcing the 200m specialist was available to run for Great Britain with immediate effect.
However, reports are indicating that the discovery of the email from the IAAF and the tardiness of at least one member of the secretariat has not gone down well with the executive committee.
Further reports state that at least one employee has come under heavy scrutiny for the “embarrassing” development.
Francis is currently a training partner of Usain Bolt and shares coach Glenn Mills. In June 2016, he clocked the world’s seventh fastest 200m time with a personal best of 19.88 seconds.
Francis was due to compete at last summer’s Olympics but had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury.
The sprinter could now compete for Britain if selected at the World Athletics Championships in London this summer.
Francis has represented Antigua & Barbuda at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 World Athletics Championships.

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