National junior record holder Briana Williams has been provisionally selected for Jamaica’s World Championships team despite having a pending hearing for an anti-doping violation. Williams’ hearing is set for September 23, 24 and 25 with the heats of the100 metres for women at the IAAFD World Championships set to run off on September 28. But in releasing the team at Wednesday’s press conference in Kingston, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) announced the 17 year old along with Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce and Elaine Thompson as individual entrants for the 100 metres.
Akeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen have also been selected for the individual 400 metres despite not competing in those events. The women’s sprint hurdles was littered with controversy following its abortion at the National Trials and the association has admitted that rules may have to be put in place to address such issues. 2015 world champion Danielle Williams who earned the IAAF wildcard for the 100 metre hurdles will be joined by Janeek Brown, Megan Tapper and Yanique Thompson in the event. Meanwhile, Nathon Allen has been included in the team as a reserve for the individual 400 metres despite not competing in the event at trials but his inclusion has been put down to extenuating circumstances. The likes of Olympic champions Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson as well as Omar McLeod and Yohan Blake headline the 55 member team which comprises 30 women and 25 men.
Meanwhile, sprint hurdler Jeanine Williams whose name appears on the original team list has withdrawn from the squad due to injury, according to JAAA president Dr Warren Blake. Blake also explained how reigning world champion Omar McLeod and Commonwealth Games champion Aisha Praught-Leer were selected to the team despite not turning up at the trials in June. The athletes will participate in a camp will be held from September 17-24 before the start of the championships.
The JAAA has also been given $8 million in sponsorship from Grace Foods and $13 million from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) to help with the cost of preparing for the championships.
18 officials will travel with the team including Lincoln Eatmon who will go as team manager with Deon Hemmings-McCatty as his assistant while Maurice Wilson will travel as head coach.
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