JII will still be good
Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake says that he doesn't expect interest in this year's Jamaica International Invitational to dip despite the adjustments of the core events for the meet scheduled for Saturday, May 20.
The core events for men have been listed at the 400m, 3000m, 400m hurdles, pole vault, and discus throw, while for women, the core events will be the 100m, 800m, 3000m steeplechase, high jump, triple jump, and javelin.
The blue riband men's 100m as well as the 200m and sprint hurdles for males and females are now discretionary events as is the 400m for women.
Blake told STAR Sports that the world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, usually changes the core events for the World Challenge meet from year to year and said that he didn't expect any less interest in the meet regardless.
"We don't expect to have an impact because we still have the events that Jamaicans are interested in," he told STAR Sports yesterday.
Prize money for the core events ranges from US$5,000 for first place to US$500 for an eight-place finish.
The prize money for discretionary events ranges from US$2,400 to US$450.