SKN World Championship Team Revealed Kim Collions Not On The List by R. Wilson

The team of athletes to represent St. Kitts-Nevis at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia August 10-18 has been announced sans sprinter Kim Collins. Making the cut are six of the Federation’s top track athletes: Antoine Adams-100m, 200m, 4X100m Relay; Jason Rogers- 100m, 4X100m Relay; Lestrod Roland- 200m, 4X100m Relay; Brijesh Lawrence- 4X100m Relay; Allistar Clarke- 4X100m Relay and Delwayne Delaney- 4X100m Relay. The athletes will be accompanied by Iston Williams- Team Leader and Lonzo Wilkinson- Head Coach. The St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association (SKNAAA) PRO Evris Huggins told The Observer that all athletes had already signed their contracts and there had been no talk of a boycott. Huggins made this statement against the backdrop of an article that appeared recently in the Jamaica Gleaner that suggested a number of the athletes who qualified for the World Championships were considering not participating due to contract disputes. “Only one athlete raised concerns over the percentage [20%] fee to be paid to the Association and that was worked out and the contract signed,”he said, adding that the article’s source was likely someone bent on stirring up “drama and controversy’to cast the SKNAAA in a bad light. Huggins pointed out that aside from running a qualifying time there were a number of requirements athletes had to meet in order to be selected for a national team, including the World Championships. One of these, he said, was participation in the National Invitational and Club Championships which were held June 16. Collins, he said, neither participated nor applied for a waiver as is stipulated in the SKNAAA Athletics Standards. “Collins did not participate in the Nationals. He did not even apply for a waiver. Collins did not communicate to the Association that he had any desire to run in Nationals. All of the athletes named to the World Championships team took part in Nationals. “The record will show that no one stopped Collins from running in Nationals,”he stated. The SKNAAA rules also state that the Association’s Executive ‘through its Selection Committee reserves the right to determine the final team and its size”. PRO Huggins disclosed to The Observer that running a qualifying time for a meet does not guarantee an athlete a spot on a national team. Collins has in recent weeks run under 10 seconds in the 100m finishing fourth in the Men’s 100m at the Diamond League Meet in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday. In June the 37-year-old sprinter told the UK’s Dailymail that he wanted to defend his 2011 world 100m bronze in Moscow in August. He has, however, maintained that he has no regrets regarding what transpired at the 2012 London Olympics where he was kicked off the team before the Games began. Fans and critics have taken to social media sites on the issue of Collins’ World Championships snub. Many of his fans are encouraging him to run for other countries including Great Britain and Ireland, something Collins admitted was worth considering. Meanwhile the athletes who will be off to Moscow next month are elated at their selection. The Observer spoke with rising star sprinter Antoine Adams who last week clocked 20.13seconds to win gold at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Champion in the Men’s 200m. “To win gold at the CAC Championships was very humbling. To see hard work pay off is always a wonderful feeling. I have two meets in Europe then I go back to Houston and start preparations for the World Championships,”he said. On Sunday Adams clocked 10.14 in the IAAF Challenge in Madrid, Spain, placing 4th. He also ran in the Diamond League Meet on Thursday. “Time to refocus and get ready for the World Championships,”Adams said after the Switzerland meet.

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