Jamaica honours paralympians
KINGSTON – Jamaica’s Paralympics team returned home yesterday to much fanfare, as they were greeted and f?™ted at the Government of Jamaica’s VIP Lounge at the Noman Manley International Airport.
The team to the 14th Paralympics Games in London consisted of 12 members – six athletes and six officials.Alphanso Campbell won the team’s lone medal, as he took gold in the men’s F52/53 javelin with a personal best, national record and regional record throw of 21.84m, while team captain Tanto Campbell and Sylvia Grant made it to the finals of the men’s discus throw – F54/55/56 and women’s javelin – F57/58, respectively.
The other three athletes – Javon Campbell, Toni Greaves and Shane Hudson – were not able to compete for various reasons.
Campbell was deemed too strong to be a Paralympian after winning the 200m and 100m at the United States trials, where he participated as a prerequisite for classification.
“We took issue in that we had appealed the decision and, in fact, when I went to London I had a meeting with the CEO of IPC (International Paralympics Com-mittee),” Samuda said.
“Regrettably, we could not have him participate in London, but I have received somewhat of a commitment from IPC that they will review the rules in relation to particular in motion assessment – that is assessing the athlete while he is in fact running, which I think is a critical determinant of any classification,” he added.
As it relates to Greaves and Hudson, they were not allowed to compete, as the country was only permitted to have three athletes participate.
“We are going to advocate for a change in that system, because as it presently exists it does not guarantee the best at the Paralympics,” Samuda said.