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They did the right thing – Mills – Veteran coach supports cancellation of Boys and Girls’ Championships

first_imgUnlike other players in the fraternity who are ruing the cancellation of the 2020 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, veteran athletics coach Glen Mills believes that the suspension and cancellation of sporting events is the right thing to do as the deadly coronavirus infiltrates the borders of Jamaica. The stakeholders of Champs cancelled the meet, and the regional CARIFTA Games is left in limbo as the number of confirmed cases of the deadly virus that has killed over 4,000 people worldwide increases in the Caribbean. A number of head coaches have expressed disappointment over the cancellation of Champs, saying that they have invested millions into preparing the student-athletes for the meet. But Mills, who coached Usain Bolt to two world records, believes that the stakeholders made the right decision as the safety of Jamaicans is more important than any sporting event. “The health of everyone comes first, including myself. Track and field has to be suspended because if you are not healthy, then you cannot run. And there is a certain degree of fatality that is attached to the virus,” Mills told The Gleaner. “As painful as the effects are, the right thing to do is to cancel the meet.” The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships is the single largest annual public event in Jamaica, attracting people from all over the world. The stakeholders, according to them, made the decision to cancel the meet as the assembling of large crowds is one of the ways to spread the virus. Meanwhile Mills, who is the meet director of the Racers Grand Prix, said he has not made any decision on this year’s staging of the meet, which is scheduled for June, as it is still too early. “It is still early days. The meet is not set to take place until June, so we still have some time,” Mills said. The founder of Racers Track Club said he is taking every precaution to make sure that the virus does not hit his camp. “We are following all the health advisories like everyone else. We are also paying close attention to our athletes to ensure that they are not showing any flu-like symptoms,” Mills said.last_img read more