The official start to the 2021 local track and field season has been delayed after the Ministry of Health and Wellness refused to grant permission to two of the tradition season opening meets scheduled for this weekend.

The JC/Purewater/R Danny Williams meet set for Jamaica College and the Ted Dwyer Classics scheduled for the Exed Community College, both failed to get clearance from the health Ministry.

The Purewata meet is a qualifier for  the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships with athletes down for  the  100, 800, 3000, and 5000 metres track events on offer, while the field events would include high jump, long jump, and shot put.

Chairman of the organizing committee, Ian Forbes told Nationwide Sports, that they have all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place to host a safe and competitive event.

Forbes says as soon as conditions are more favourable and approval is granted, they plan to host the event

subject to identifying a suitable date on the J-3As calendar.

Ian Forbes, Chairman of the JC/Purewater/R Danny Williams Track and Field Meet.