Jamaica eyeing Qatar camp for Doha World Championships

By March 17, 2019

Jamaica’s athletic bosses have written to the head of the Local Organising Committee in Qatar, hoping they can provide their athletes with a suitable training site in the weeks leading up to the IAAF World Championships set for Doha in September.

The JAAA has been pursuing plans to have the national team assembled for their usual pre-championship camp but they have been having trouble finding a suitable site.

“I have written to the person in charge of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Qatar, Dhalan Al Hahmad, to ask if he could find us a suitable location in Qatar and if that fails, we also looking at Italy and Spain, which have comparable climate conditions,” JAAA President Dr. Warren Blake told Sportsmax.TV.

“We have to sign off quickly on this and I am hoping we can sign off on this within the next month.”

For previous championships, Jamaica had arrangements in place for them to camp in cities in close proximity to the IAAF held championships.

However, on this occasion because of where the championships are being held, finding a suitable location is proving to be a challenge. According to DDrBlake, they require somewhere that has similar climatic conditions to Doha but where the athletes can train in relative comfort.

“What has happened is that we had asked our friend in Dubai if he could help find us a site in a suitable location. He ruled out Dubai because of the time of the year, the heat would be intolerable. He said our athletes would die in that environment,” Dr. Blake said.

“He recommended Oman as a suitable venue but we have not been able to get a response (from Oman).”

India was also suggested, DDrBlake said, but after consulting with a number of coaches, they concluded that the country was not a suitable option.

“It is a three-time-zone travel back to Qatar and to leave from a camp, even if the temperatures are close, the time zone travel would be a problem,” Dr. Blake said.



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