National youth sprinter, Kaden Joseph, has been cleared to represent his country at this weekend’s Carifta Games in Curacao.
The athlete, who attends the Princess Margaret School (PMS), is set to leave with the other members of the team and management staff on Friday.
Minister of Sports EP Chet Greene confirmed that a decision was reached following further assessment of the athlete’s injury and a report that was prepared by Dr Philmore Benjamin.
“I am a positive sports administrator trying to manage a positive sports infrastructure. The matter has been resolved and a review of the doctor’s report was sufficient. The young man has been reinstated as part of the national team; his ticket is booked and we wish him the very best as he represents the nation in Curacao,” he said.
Joseph, who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres races, had been removed from the 19-member squad by the local athletics association following concerns that an injury to his knee could affect his performance.
The decision drew criticism from the athlete’s coach and a former national athlete, Evans Jones, who said the decision was a personal one and that his athlete was fit and in training even on the day of receiving the letter.
“I am thankful for the efforts of those who actually made it successful and who made commonsense prevail and allowing the young man to be on this team. I just hope that all will be well and, of course, he will be representing team Antigua & Barbuda,” he said.
“Thank you to Dr Colin Greene, Chet Greene, Everton Cornelius, Dr Philmore Benjamin and of course, Keston Daley for overlooking whatever differences that we all may have had with regards to the young man and I just want to wish him all the best,” the coach added.
The team is slated to leave on Friday morning for Curacao.