JAAA Makes U-Turn On Selecting Danielle Williams For Qatar

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association JAAA has made an about-turn in its stance on whether 2015 world champion Danielle Williams will represent the country in the women’s sprint hurdles at this summer’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar starting next month. 

The matters discussed at a JAAA board meeting on Wednesday night, involved the final of the women’s sprint hurdles at the National Senior Trials in June. The JAAA had announced that it would name the three women to run the event in Qatar on August 16.

At the time, the local governing body said the top three based on world rankings as at August 16, would be eligible for selection but Danielle Williams would not be included following her controversial disqualification at the National Trials.

However, in a media release on Thursday afternoon, the JAAA announced that “following international expertise advice and a review of the selection policy, the association decided that the fairest way to proceed was to make its selection decision based on the multiple criteria listed in the published policy.

The JAAA also said the women’s sprint hurdles race at the National Trials had been ruled null and void and Williams’ disqualification could therefore not stand, given that the race was never completed. The association said its main consideration was fairness to all athletes and compliance with both JAAA and IAAF rules.

The JAAA release also stated that Jamaica’s team for the World Championships will now be selected on September 6, which is the closing date for the submission of entries.

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