Jamaican women who are likely to win medals in Rio

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Originally aired July 23, 2016, via Zaheer’s Zone on Sports Nation Live
Published July 31, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer
Republished August 8, 2016

 

34 Jamaican women will participate in the 2016 Olympics in Athletics, Swimming and Gymnastics. Who are the likely candidates to take home Olympic medals?

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Jamaican-born Merlene Ottey (centre) is the most decorated woman to compete in the Olympics. She has won 9 Olympic medals which include 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.

The Olympics are less than two weeks away and unsurprisingly, experts, on the streets and in the studios, are predicting the medal hauls for their respective countries. Of interest to many locally are Jamaica’s medal prospects at Rio. Thirty-four women will be representing Jamaica in Swimming, Athletics, and Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In reality, only a small fraction of the number of the Jamaican female athletes in Rio will return as Olympics medallists. Truthfully, the expectation is that the Jamaican women will snatch approximately six to seven medals. Therefore, who are the Jamaican women likely to medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, and in which events? Continue reading

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Six Foreigners to watch out for at the 2016 Rio Olympics

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published July 27, 2016, in the Jamaica Observer

Here are a few young non-Jamaican Olympians (foreigners) that are expected to produce jaw-dropping performances during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Michael Phelps reacts after booking his place on the U.S. swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Michael Phelps reacts after booking his place on the U.S. swimming team for the 2016 Olympic Games, his fifth.
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The 2016 Olympics will see the world’s best athletes converge on the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to compete in 306 events over 42 disciplines in 28 sports. Legends such as Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps are expected to add to their already legendary careers. From a Jamaican standpoint, several of the new and upcoming athletes are expected to do well. However, during the 2016 Olympics, several up-and-coming non-Jamaican athletes are expected to perform exceptionally well, scaling new heights of athletic achievement. Continue reading

World No. 2 Morgan deserves to be on the Olympic team


By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published on July 18, 2016

Jason ‘Dadz’ Morgan has been left off the Jamaican 2016 Olympic Team and has threatened to take the JAAA to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Jason “Dadz” Morgan of Jamaica competes in the Men’s Discus Throw qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Morgan has been left off Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic team to Rio.
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Ten months ago, on September 16, 2015, I sat in the studio of an ESPN-affiliate radio station and listened attentively to Ludlow Watts, treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), list out, in a macroeconomic fashion, the assistance the JAAA has provided to Jamaican athletes over the years. This seemingly forced exercise, at the time, was brought about by outcries from a coterie of Jamaican athletes after the 2015 Beijing World Championships. All the talk seemingly shifted away from Jamaica’s successful second place in the medal table or their third place in the point standings. The scoops and bulletins all converged on the lamentations of the caucus of athletes who shared heart-wrenching stories and listed examples of the type of tangible support they, and others, would need going forward. The emotional lamenter of the group was Jason Dadz Morgan, Jamaica’s national record holder in the discus throw. Continue reading

Shameless Ramdin deserves to be dropped

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Written July 8, 2016
Published on July 11, 2016

Republished on July 19, 2016 by the Jamaica Observer

West Indian wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been dropped from the West Indies Test team for the upcoming series against India. The timing is perfect and may well save Ramdin’s fluttering Test career. 

Denesh Ramdin has scored half-centuries in his two most recent Test innings© Getty Images

Denesh Ramdin has scored half-centuries in his two most recent Test innings © Getty Images

Denesh Ramdin in a recent Twitter riposte, vintage of the Clint Eastwood movie, Magnum Force, declared it was a “rainy day” after he was told by recently appointed West Indian chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, that he would not be selected for the upcoming series against India. Thereafter, Ramdin fired tweets as he listed his recent and career achievements and juxtaposed them to the chairman’s career. Continue reading

Jamaica could learn lessons from Iceland’s success

By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published July 4, 2016

The blueprint to reverse the misfortunes of Jamaican football may lie within Iceland’s recent path to success in European and world football.

LeBron James hoists the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Cleveland Cavaliers come from 3-1 down in the series to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. (Photo credit: Ezra Shaw)

LeBron James hoists the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy after the Cleveland Cavaliers come from 3-1 down in the series to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals.
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The year 2016 seems to be the year of fairy tales in sports. From Leicester’s improbable run to win the English Premier League (EPL), to Cleveland’s comeback from 3-1 down in the NBA Finals against the greatest regular season team in history, and now Iceland’s destined run in the European Championships, of a certainty, anything is possible against all odds.

At the beginning of the 2015-16 EPL season, Leicester started out as 500-1 underdogs to win the EPL title. Eight games before the end of the previous season, 2014-15, they were relegation bound and at the bottom of the table. However, the team, centred in belief, made the great escape and not only escaped, they trounced the preponderant teams of English football, a little over a year later. From April 4, 2015, Leicester’s last day at the bottom of the table, to the end of the 2016 season, Leicester have been better than the luxuriant Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea by 16, 17, 20, 26, 32 and 33 points respectively. Nothing is impossible if you only believe. Continue reading