NEWS FROM JAMAICA, WORLD CHAMPS MUST NOT BE AT THE TRIALS
AMSTERDAM (NED): The Dutch Athletics Federation (KNAU) has released its preliminary team for the European team Championships First League division in Izmir, Turkey. They will be particularly strong in the throwing events with Erik Cadée and Monique Jansen in the discus throw and Rutger Smith and Melissa Boekelman in the shot put. Arnoud Okken and Yvonne Hak are strong in the 800m and in form Gregory Sedocstarts in the 110H. Relays and sprint events are to be decided later.
OSLO (NOR): Jamaica-born Canadian Donovan Bailey has hailed the halt of the drain of top sprint athletes from the Caribbean island when speaking at a press conference at the City Hall in Oslo. The 43-year-old Bailey emigrated to Canada at the age of 13 just as many Jamaicans have found themselves competing for other adopted countries, but Bailey said improved infrastructure has helped and will continue to help persuade many more to stay and train in Jamaica. Interestingly, he clocked his fastest 200 m in any conditions, windy 20.14 in Oslo in 1997.Bailey plans to work for Canadian TV during World Championships in Daegu.
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