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Our athletes need more than lip service

Thursday, April 5, 2018

I must say thanks to the athletes who continue to represent our beautiful land despite the many challenges that they face. Congrats to those who fought the good fight at the Carifta Games over the weekend and brought home medals. Special thanks also to Avindale Smith, Tyriq Horsford and Shaqniqua Bascombe for the incredible efforts that they made.

Each time I view these games I observe that Jamaica keeps getting better in almost every aspect of the games. They are visible with multiple athletes in every competition possible.

When are we going to get it right? Time and time again our athletes speak out for greater support. When will we begin to create a system where our athletes’ abilities can be improved at an earlier age?We have a

sport ministry, but what purpose does it serve? Is the sole purpose of the ministry’s officials to be present for photo-ops after our athletes have met with success with little or no help?

It is quite noticeable that we have a great amount of young, talented athletes but a lot more is needed to be done. It is time for us to rid ourselves of the obsolete mentality. We cannot have high expectations when we are not doing much for the athletes.

Please, let’s get this right. Take pattern from our neighbourhood islands. Introduce a system to better our athletes, do more action and less lip service.



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