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IAAF to probe clash of dates

DOHA: World athletics' governing body, the IAAF, has vowed to sort out an untimely calendar clash that has left the opening Diamond League meet here on Friday shorn of a raft of headline sprinters.

Not one Jamaican sprinter will be on show in the Qatari capital, with the Jamaica International Invitational meeting in Kingston being held on Saturday.

The meet in the Jamaican capital has been upgraded from ‘continental' to an IAAF World Challenge Meeting, and the best sprinters from Jamaica and the United States have opted to stay closer to home.

“We regret the clash of dates between Kingston and Doha,” acknowledged IAAF general secretary Pierre Weiss.

“Kingston is now an IAAF meet after being promoted from its continental standing.

“It has been held on the same weekend in May for 25 years, and attracts the top US and Jamaican athletes.

“That said, it is not good, and we will do everything next year not to have this clash.”

Weiss said it was not a matter of shifting either meeting by 48 hours.

“One or two days is not enough (to recuperate from) a 20-hour flight. You need one week at least.

"Kingston won't change.” — AFP

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