Unbelieveable, C'bar - Harrison

March 22, 2017

Kingston College coach Neil Harrison, has described rivals Calabar's actions in the ongoing Ari Rodgers saga as "unbelievable".

"Pretty much, we didn't want to touch the topic. We seriously don't want to touch it. It's unbelievable and we seriously didn't want to touch the topic," Harrison told STAR Sports.

"KC has been very transparent with everything, We left no stone unturned as it related to the situation. My thing is, we put it in the hands of ISSA, ISSA dealt with it and I am just leaving it right there," he added.

Champions Calabar have stood their ground, saying Rodgers, a middle-distance Ugandan schoolboy runner, who transferred to KC, had missed September's registration deadline and should not have been given the green light by the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) to compete at Boys and Girls' Champs, which starts next Tuesday.

ISSA's management committee decided last week to allow Class 2 Rodgers to compete at the March 28- April 1 championships.

This triggered howling protests from Calabar, KC's bitter rivals. The Red Hills Road school immediately called on ISSA to indicate, in writing, how the teen was given special exemption to compete.


Running scared


A delegation afterwards marched on ISSA and returned the championship Mortimer Geddes Trophy 12 days ahead of schedule, in effect boycotting Champs' media launch last Thursday.

Harrison, meanwhile, refused comment when asked whether Calabar were running scared that Rodgers could single-handedly put 18 championship-winning points on the board for Kingston College.

"I prefer not to comment. We don't know anything about Calabar and their team, and what they are thinking, so I just rather have no comment where that is concerned.

Harrison, now, in his third season at the 31-time Boys' Champs winners, said he is focussed on his job as KC go on the hunt for their first title since 2009.

"I have no control over what another team will do, or will not do. As KC head coach, I will do whatever I can do, within the best interest of Kingston College," he said.

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