Limited representation for Antigua & Barbuda at World Championships

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A maximum of two athletes will represent Antigua & Barbuda at the IAAF World Under-18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya next month.
This is even after several athletes have made the qualifying standard for the championships which is slated to start July 12, and end four days later.
President of the Antigua & Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) Everton Cornelius, explained that this is due to a clash in dates as the Commonwealth Youth Games will start on July 17.
Triple jumper, Taeco O’Garro, with a leap of 15.09 meters, has qualified and will attend the World Under-18 Championships while a female participant, according to Cornelius, is yet to be identified.
“Right now we are looking to send, possibly, two athletes to the World Youths and two athletes to the Commonwealth Youth Games and that covers our quota once they qualify. Right now, Taeco is the one we are looking at for the World Youths because he is the best qualified going forward and looks as if he is the person who can go there and represent us properly. We are yet to identify the female [athlete] who we think can go to that game and represent us properly at that game,” he said.
Long jumper Sheldon Noble, sprinters Darion Skerritt, Jalen Dyett and Abigale Dyett have all made the standards thus far.
In preparation for a number of upcoming meets, however, Cornelius said the athletics association will be giving a number of athletes an opportunity to convince national selectors they have what it takes to represent the country.
“We will be having a qualifying meet this weekend to look at the various meets that we will attend over the next month and a half. We will be going to the Trinidad trials, the OECS and hopefully, depending on the amount of international teams that show up in Tortola, we will determine whether or not we are going down to Tortola or we go to Trinidad,” he said.
Noble and Abigale, Cornelius confirmed, will be competing at next month’s Commonwealth Games.

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