Calabar plot to boycott Gibson Relays?

February 21, 2018
Dejour Russell of Calabar powers through the anchor leg of the Class One boys 4x100 metres relay at the Camperdown Classic inside the National Stadium on Saturday, February 10. Calabar won in 40.12 seconds.

STAR Sports has been made to understand that Calabar High School, in a reported game of tit for tat with arch- rivals Kingston College, are contemplating not competing at Saturday's McCook/Gibson Relays after registering more than 70 athletes.

A closely placed source told STAR Sports that hosts Calabar felt slighted by the calibre of the team Kingston College fielded at their track meet, the McKenley/Wint Classic, earlier this year, and, in retaliation, are considering returning the favour by not participating in the Purples' relay carnival this weekend.




However, a Kingston College source claimed that the North Street school had participated in more than one developement meet that weekend, as is customary for schools with big teams, debunking what could have been interpreted as a snub of Calabar's meet.

STAR Sports' source said Calabar will make a call on whether to compete by tomorrow, giving the meet's organisers due notice. Efforts to reach Calabar's coach Michael Clarke proved futile.

Meanwhile, organisers of the McCook/Gibson Relays said they have no information that Calabar plan to withdraw from the meet. Winston Ulett confirmed that Calabar have more than 70 entrants down to compete in all the relays on Saturday.

"They have entered and they have confirmed their participation, so I don't where that is coming from now," Ulett said. "They have a full team that has been entered for all the relays."

Calabar have been outstanding in the relays all season and are expected to bring fireworks to their rivals carnival. At the Corporate Area Development Championship last week, Calabar swept all the relays. Their 4x400-metre team ran the fastest time ever recorded by a high school, worldwide, stopping the clock at 3:05.04.

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