Chad Wright returns to the US Embassy on Friday


Jamaican discus thrower Chad Wright (Photo: Observer file)

EUGENE, Ore. — Olympic discus finalist Chad Wright is expected to return to the United States Embassy in Kingston on Friday where he hopes an appeal for a United States entry visa will be granted.

The former national and NCAA champion while at the University of Nebraska is racing against time to get to Eugene, Oregon, by Sunday, when he is scheduled to take part in the first round of the pitch of the men’s disc which will start at 5:00 p.m. local hour.

The Jamaica Observer learned Wednesday morning that Wright, qualified for the World Championships by his world ranking, had “visa problems”.

Sources later told the Observer that an appeal was filed on Wright’s behalf and that he was given a new date to report to the embassy on Friday.

In the meantime, national discus champion Traves Smikle and 2019 World Championships silver medalist Fedrick Dacres have been in Eugene since last week.

Meanwhile, St Jago high school student Gregory Prince, whose departure from Jamaica has been delayed, was due in the team village last night after leaving the island on Wednesday afternoon.

Prince, who qualified for the 400m final at the Jamaican championships last month, has been named to the mixed 4x400m relay team that will compete on Friday’s opening day.

There was positive news in camp after sprinter Jelani Walker was cleared by team doctors and joined the other team members on Wednesday afternoon.

The Observer had been informed Wednesday morning by liaison officer Dennis Gordon that Walker had fallen ill and could not join the team. But later the athlete’s health improved, and he was able to join his teammates.

Walker was fourth in the men’s 100m final at the Jamaican Championships last month, running 10.00 seconds, and is expected to join Yohan Blake, Oblique Seville and Ackeem Blake in the men’s 4x100m relay team here.

Two other athletes, Chanice Porter and Chriss Ann Gordon-Powell, have yet to join the team as management has granted them an extension.

Porter, who will contest the women’s long jump, and Gordon-Powell, the women’s 800m, had requested more time with their respective coaches. They are expected to report to camp on Friday.


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