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Thompson, Atkinson among panellists for OAJ interactive Zoom link-up today

Olympic double-sprint gold medallist Elaine Thompson and swimming world record holder Alia Atkinson will be among the panellists today when The Olympians Association of Jamaica (OAJ) hosts an interactive link-up on the Zoom platform courtesy of the PanAm Sports... Read More

Sprinter Kayla Bonnick heading to the University of Virginia
ST Jago High School sprinter Kayla Bonnick has accepted a full scholarship to pursue a degree in biology at the University of Virginia.The 18-year-old is vice-captain for the girls' track and field team. She is elated about the latest turn of events.... Read More

Spotakova shines as athletics get 'Back on Track'
KLADNO, Czech Republic (AFP) — Two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova stole the show as athletics returned to business across the Czech Republic yesterday, following a drawn-out break due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. ... Read More

Mixed views as coaches digest reduced Diamond League schedule
All things being equal, at least one set of local-based Jamaican athletes could be on the reduced Wanda Diamond League circuit this year.... Read More

Olympic chief Bach consults with IOC members over virus fallout

Thursday, May, 28 2020    

Lausanne , Switzerland (AFP) — Olympic chief Thomas Bach yesterday held a series of talks with International Olympic Committee (IOC) members on the potential consequences of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Tokyo Games which have been pushed back a year to... Read More

Julien Alfred, a triple honoree; 9 others receive double honours

By Paul A Reid Observer writer | Wednesday, May, 27 2020    

Nine Jamaicans were double honorees on the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American list for the 2020 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division One Indoor Track & Field season, released... Read More

Girl who pedalled injured dad across India offered national team trial

Tuesday, May, 26 2020    

DARBHANGA, India (AFP)—A 15-year-old girl who pedalled her injured migrant-worker father more than a thousand kilometres across India, after a coronavirus lockdown left them destitute, has been invited to try out for the national cycling team. Read More

Athletic talent, perserverance carry Calder-Marshall from Kingston's ghetto to PhD

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 24 2020    

Claudia Calder understood from an early stage that her athletic abilities could get her into college in the United States and a degree, something to get her out of her inner-city Kingston neighbourhood. Read More

Olympics official sees 'real problems' in holding Games in 2021

Saturday, May, 23 2020    

Sydney, Australia (AFP) — A senior Olympics official has warned that the postponed Tokyo Games, to be held next year, faces “real problems”, with even a vaccine unlikely to stave off the threat of the novel coronavirus. Read More

No meaningful link between TUEs, Olympic medals — WADA study

Saturday, May, 23 2020    

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — There's no meaningful link between an athlete having a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and winning an Olympic medal, a study unveiled Thursday by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found. Read More

ISSA expects late kick-off to next football season

By Paul A Reid Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, May, 21 2020    

It will be at least another six weeks before a decision is taken on whether there will be any Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) football competitions next season, ISSA boss Keith Wellington told the Jamaica Observer yesterday, a day after meeting with... Read More

Sprinter to miss Olympics, World Champs after losing ban appeal

Wednesday, May, 20 2020    

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (CMC) — Grenadian sprinter Bralon Taplin has lost his appeal against a fouryear ban for dodging a doping test, which means he will miss the Tokyo Olympics if it comes off next year, as well as the next two World Championships. Read More


BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May, 20 2020    

Former Jamaican long jump champion Damar Forbes was ready to return to action this season in an attempt to reclaim his throne after being out of competition for two years due to a series of injuries before the season was interrupted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a... Read More

Philanthropy a hit for JOA athlete/ ambassador Brown

Tuesday, May, 19 2020    

FOR the time being, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a roadblock to Alton Brown's dream of representing Jamaica in karate at the Tokyo Olympic Games, originally scheduled from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, August 8. Read More

US-born runner Lawrence clings to dream of representing Jamaica

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, May, 17 2020    

After being forced to pull out of the men's 400m at last year's Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA) National Championships at the National Stadium due to illness, American-born sprinter Wayne Lawrence is not giving up on his dreams to represent Jamaica in international... Read More


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