A new stance taken by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) makes it harder for athletes to change allegiances and has some crying foul.
JAAA President Dr. Warren Blake says his organisation is taking a tougher stance on Jamaican athletes who want to compete for countries other than Jamaica.
Going forward, those athletes will have to sit for a mandatory three-year waiting period.
The IAAF — athletics’ governing world body — mandates athletes sit out for 12 months, unless the first country objects. In that case, the athlete must sit out for three years before switching allegiance.
In the past, the JAAA has not objected but appears it will do so going forward.
The issue has come to light in recent years after several athletes expressed interest in competing for other countries at the Olympics and other major games.
Many believe the moves are because of Jamaica’s deep talent pool in track and field that make it difficult to make the cut for National teams.