This is how you behave ... JAAA preparing 'must-sign' Code of Conduct document for athletes

December 25, 2017

President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) Dr Warren Blake revealed that the administration is in the process of completing a Code of Conduct document, which must be signed by all athletes and team officials selected for national duty.

This he said, comes in the aftermath of several incidents involving athletes and coaches at international competitions, while making reference to the much-publicised dispute between 4x400m relay teammates Shericka Jackson and Stephenie-Ann McPherson during the IAAF World Championships in London in August.

In addition to general behavioural requirements, the document will speak clearly to the role of national coaches and their decision-making abilities.

“We looked at some of the failures at the World Champs because we had done some meetings with the management team; we looked at the manager’s report, the doctor’s report and the technical leader’s report and we will be instituting manuals for the athletes and coaches in terms of the Code of Conduct because we have operated for a long time on practice,” Blake told STAR Sports.

“But it’s time now to put some of the practice into place and formalise them. Our legal team has drafted a Code of Conduct that we will look at at the Executive Level and will be adopting,” Blake added.

“You know everyone was speaking about the so-called fight between the two girls (McPherson and Jackson), which got some Press. I think it was more a case of choice of words; nobody threw any blows it was really an exchange of words and people getting emotional,” he noted of the incident, which saw the athletes reportedly arguing vociferously over which kit was to be worn in their race.

“We intend to let the athletes know that once they are on the relay team, the choice of where a person runs will reside with the national coach. Individual coaches can’t stay on the sidelines and decide which leg their athlete is going to run and they are going to have to sign an agreement to that effect.  That will be one of the major changes because a lot of times the personal coaches try to dictate where their athletes will run,” said Blake.

The document is expected to be completed and presented to athletes and officials ahead of the next major international assignment, the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, which is set for March 2 – 4.


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