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Spicing Up Things For Champs

I followed with keen interest the news that Calabar High pulled out of the Gibson McCook Relays last weekend.

The uproar from the fans was expected. The Gibson McCook Relays has long been seen as a good indicator of how teams are shaping up going into the Boys and Girls' Athletic Championships. If the performances at Gibson McCook is strong, then usually, the performance at Champs is strong. Let us not fool ourselves. The subtheme going into "Champs" every year is about Kingston College versus Calabar, and the Gibson McCook Relays is always seen as a precursor to the real clash. That Calabar did not show, denied the fans the opportunity to see the two rival teams going head to head. Naturally, they would be disappointed.

What is the real reason for Calabar's no-show? Why was their pull-out not made public a lot earlier? Depending on who you talked to, the reasons vary. The Calabar community is saying that coach Michael Clarke does not want to overwork his athletes, especially now that the Digicel Grand Prix has been added to the list of meets. The obvious response to this is that this is not the first year of the Grand Prix, and Calabar was at 'Gibsons' last year. So what difference would this year have made between the meets done last year and the meets this year?

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