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by Michael Bascombe

ST GEORGE’S, October 30, 2015 – Overseas-based Grenadian track and field athletes will have the opportunity for the first time since 2004 to compete in front of a home crowd when the National Championship is staged in June 2016.

The Grenada Athletics Association (GAA) disclosed on Friday that the championship will be held June 25-26, 2016 at the National Stadium.

The championship will bring Grenada’s best athletes to the stadium and will provide an opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil set for August 5-21, 2016, as well as the IAAF Junior Championship in Kazan, Russia and the NACAC Under-23 Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

It means that the likes of Olympic and Commonwealth 400 metres champion Kirani James and Commonwealth Games Decathlon bronze medallist Kurt Felix will be among competitors competing at the stadium. They will be joined by Bralon Taplin, Rondell Bartholomew, Payton Hazzard, Joel Redhead, Kanika Beckles, Paul Williams, Rawle DeLisle, among others.

The first major event for the stadium will be the CARIFTA Trials for junior athletes from February 13-14, 2016, followed by the National Relay Meet on February 20.

The stadium is also listed to host three major track and field championships in March including the National Primary Schools’ Championship on March 10, the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Athletics Championship (INTERCOL) from March 15-17 and the CARIFTA Games from March 26-28.

The annual Half Marathon is the only distance distance event to be organised by the GAA and that will be held on November 15. It comes a week before an international 10K in Kingstown, St Vincent on November 22.

The GAA will also stage seven developmental meets, six of which will be held before the end of the year.

The first of such meets will cater for throwers and will be held at La Sagesse Playing Field in St David on November 7. The jumpers will participate in a developmental meet on November 14 at the Roy St John Playing Field in Tanteen and the third meet at Progress Park in St Andrew will accommodate throws and track.

Meets are also scheduled for December 5, 12 and 19 and the final event on January 9.

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