It has been revealed that the Inter-Service Annual Athletics Championships (ISAAC), which were known in the past as the Joint Services Championships will not take place this year.
The Championships, which are usually held annually, have officially been cancelled this year according to Chairman of the Joint Services Sports Committee, Dale Alves.
Speaking to Guyana Times Sport, Alves noted, “The reason for cancellation has been due to a number of factors which include the strain put on the Joint Services following the fire and the jailbreak at Camp Street Prison as well as the one after at Lusignan Prison, added to that the administrative operations that usually facilitate the championships have not been able to be put in motion as several integral personnel have been put under added pressure.”
Owing to the circumstances surrounding the jail breaks, there has been a lack of preparation time as well with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) being forced to call off their respective athletic meets which are used to select their teams for the ISAAC. The two armed services usually host their athletics meets in July and August respectively.
The Joint Services Championships usually followed in October with it being contested between the GDF, GPF, Guyana Fire Service, Guyana Prison Services, and City Constabulary.
However, Alves expressed optimism that the Championships would be run off next year as he noted things should be back to normal far before the usual time.
The GDF team have been the defending champions for three successive years after snatching the title from the GPF back in 2014.