Blake promises Golden Cleats return in 2017

February 06, 2017
Christopher Taylor (right) is presented with the Youth Athlete of the Year Award by Lissant Mitchell, President, Scotia Investments, at the 2015 JAAA/Scotiabank Golden Cleats Awards, at Chinese Benevolent Association.

Few noticed but the annual Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association-Scotiabank-Golden Cleats was absent from the 2016 calendar.

JAAA [resident Dr Warren Blake said the event was not staged last year due to lack of sponsorship.

"We lost our main sponsor because they said a number of the top athletes we had each year kept on not appearing and the sponsors felt that they weren't getting value for money, so they pulled away, but they still are going to be a sponsor of track and field in Jamaica, but just not at an awards function," he said.

When the Golden Cleats were staged in 2015, top awardees Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were both unable to attend. They both made their presence felt through video recordings which conveyed their thanks for their respective awards.

Blake, however, promises that the event will be staged this year.

"We're going to have it in 2017. It's just that when we got the news, it was really late in the day, and not being able to put it on that year, it became a matter of timing," he said.

"Normally, we want to have it before the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Award, and for us to start planning then, it would have made it later than the RJR thing, so we decided to scrap it for this year, but we are going to have it this year."

Blake also indicated a name change may be coming.

"It may not be named the Golden Cleats going forward, but reformed awards for 2017," he said.

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