‘There were some concerns’: Anthony reveals youth team pulled from NACAC Championships

Kesswin Anthony.
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By Neto Baptiste

Antigua and Barbuda will not be represented at this year’s NACAC Age Group Under-13 & Under-15 Championships slated for July 15-16 in the Dominican Republic.

This was revealed by executive member with the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) and coach Kesswin Anthony, who said the decision was taken not to enter a team following concerns from coaches and parents over the format of the meet that would see athletes compete across multiple events.

“Some of the parents were concerned that their child don’t train for the different events and they were concerned that they would have been injured. Some coaches shared the same concern and, based on that, the team was pulled from the event. Some were indicating that the athletes could have only done the sprints and the fact that you’re spending that amount of money to take a team overseas to compete to the best of their ability in a multi-event [meet] and they are only showing up in one event, it does not look good for the country,” he said. 

At the championships, each athlete would have to compete in long jump, hurdles, high jump, cricket ball throw, 80 meters sprint, 800 meters, 1000 meters and 1200 meters races.

Anthony said the coaches were made aware of the format prior to the selection of the team some weeks ago.

“The team was picked at least four weeks away, prior to nationals, so we indicated to the coaches they would have had time to prepare the athletes for these events. The athletics calendar is sent out to all the coaches at the beginning of the season but we have a tendency here to do things last minute, even as coaches. This event is not new to us and we’ve sent athletes to it before but a lot of times the athletes wait until the last minute,” he said.

The association recently named a six-member squad for the NACAC Under-18 and Under-23 Championships slated for Costa Rica, from July 21-23.

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