Four Barbadians definitely going to London 2012 Olympiad, BOA hopes another 4 to qualify

At a recent meeting of the Executive Board of the Barbados Olympic Association Inc. it was noted that to date four individuals have qualified to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games scheduled for London, England commencing on 26th July and concluding on 12th August. The competitors who have qualified are:

  • Ryan Brathwaite – Track & Field
  • Shane Brathwaite – Track & Field
  • Bradley Ally – Swimming
  • Kyle Maxwell – Judo

Ryan Brathwaite, a former world champion and Shane Brathwaite a former junior world champion are both training in the United States and will compete in their pet event the 110 meter hurdles.

Bradley Ally is also training in the United States and it is hoped that he should be able to reach the final of the 400 metre Individual Medley.

Kyle Maxwell is currently training in the United Kingdom in preparation for the Games.

{FILE IMAGE} President of the Barbados Olympic Association, Steve Stoute, in a prepared statement indicated he hopes at least four other competitors will qualify to be part of our team in London. We were disappointed that Boxer Anderson Emmanuel, who has won a number of medals at Pan American, Commonwealth and CAC Games did not qualify. Likewise, tri-athlete Jason Wilson despite a number of excellent performances did not in the final analysis make the qualifying standards. Meanwhile, cyclist Darren Matthews also failed to get a selection nod.

The release from the Barbados Olympic Association notes in the prevailing environment it is a great achievement for a small country to have even one athlete qualifying for the Olympic Games and we believe that our small team will perform at their best and hopefully at least reach the finals in their various events.

The Team will managed by Chef de Mission, Cameron Burke who also performed similar duties at the 2008 Beijing Games. He will leave for London on the 15th July to ensure that all arrangements are in place for the arrival of the team. Dr. Adrian Lorde has been appointed as the team’s Chief Medical Officer.

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