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QUASHED! - Mills, Quarrie Satisfied With Mediation Talks
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Two of Jamaica's most celebrated track and field figures, Donald Quarrie and Glen Mills, left Monday afternoon's mediatory talks satisfied that all "misunderstandings" had been settled, after a public quarrel a few days ago.
The two clashed on prime time television - triggered by Quarrie's accusation that Mills had contrived to keep him off the slate of Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) incumbent president Dr Warren Blake - for the November 29 elections.
Quarrie is the current JAAA second vice-president.
Mills strongly denied the charge, and in turn questioned certain decisions taken by Jamaica's technical team - led by Quarrie - at the recent Olympic Games in London.
However, with current JAAA fourth vice-president Dr Winston Dawes and executive member Dennis Gordon acting as mediators during the midday get-together, Quarrie and Mills used the opportunity to settle their differences in what was described by both as a quick and frank discussion.
Speaking to The Gleaner late Monday night Quarrie, who initiated the meeting, was happy with the outcome and believes that there is greater understanding between himself and the Racers Track Club president and head coach.
"I don't want to say much on it right now, but we left on a positive note and we wanted Jamaica to understand that we both deal in the sprinting business, we started and ended quickly," laughed Quarrie, a 1976 Olympic gold and silver medallist. "It was a quick thing, we got into it and it's over and all is well.
"Glen (Mills) and I met knowing that we are fine and we are looking forward to another year of exciting track and field and for our athletes to keep blossoming more and more," added Quarrie, who was scheduled to leave the island yesterday for California, en route to Barcelona for the IAAF Grand Gala and Centenary celebrations.
"Our meeting went well and I think we should build on what we have and look forward to an election that will be exciting and different," Quarrie noted.
Mills, who will also be in Barcelona on the weekend, underscored that there was no malice between the two, but underlined his position on the whole exchange.
He was also happy that the meeting took place, even if he felt it should have happened before any public accusation.
"I said what I had to say. He (Quarrie) asked to meet with me, I had no malice with anybody. I usually say my mind and that's it," Mills said. "I maintained my innocence in all of this and the president (Blake) has underlined that I didn't say what I was accused of saying, it's a matter of his (Quarrie's) interpretation of the discussion between the president and himself.
"I am happy that he (Quarrie) saw the need to have such a meeting of this nature to clear the air and create better understanding of whatever misunderstanding existed," said Mills, the man who conditions the world's top sprinters - Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir.