President of Netball Jamaica Dr Paula Daley-Morris says they had to move on from the three members of the Sunshine Girls who were denied visas before the start of the Fast5 World Netball Series in Australia later this month.
Shantal Slater, Shamera Sterling, and Jodian Ward were turned down by the United States Embassy two weeks ago with the tournament set to begin on October 28.
Speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Girls Sports Club, Daley-Morris says they had to replace the girls as they were halting the plans of the International Netball Federation (INF).
“Fast5 is a big event and the organizers have been waiting on us to announce the team so that they can put their media things in place so we appealed to the INF and we are thankful that they granted us the permission to do the replacements,” said Daley-Morris.
Despite their unavailability for the Fast 5, the Netball Jamaica boss says their pleas to the US Embassy will be ongoing as the trio forms part of their future plans.
“We’ll continue to appeal to the US Embassy because we have Commonwealth Games coming up and it will be important for us to have options in terms of players so we are basically just appealing to the US Embassy to assist us in this regard,” noted Daley-Morris.