Doping remains hazard even if separated – London 2012 Olympic Games send off for smallest Barbados contingent

In less than a month from now, the much anticipated London 2012 Olympic Games will kick off. In a ceremony observing the departure of one of the smallest teams ever – the British High Commissioner, Paul Brummell along with President of the Barbados Olympic Association, Steve Stoute, held a special send off for Barbadian competing athletes at the residence of His Excellency, Commissioner Brummell.

Minister Lashley (at Lectern) says Barbados did well in spite of available resources, what about Trinidad & Jamaica who had equally humble beginnings to Barbados? Have they not escaped their boundaries? What can we do to have more results like Obadele Thompson or Ryan Brathwaite and they become the norm and not a Bajan exception? (Political Affairs Officer Dan Carruthers with High Commissioner Brummell at head table in Ben Mar, official UKHC residence)

The High Commissioner was pleased to remind participants the infrastructure of the major sporting event was not only punctual but under budget, while security {especially after the ball was dropped by G4S} is ever paramount to the British Government so that everyone can have a pleasant Olympiad.

Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs & Culture – Stephen Lashley – announced the final six heading for London {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Track and field stars Ryan Brathwaite, Greggmar Swift and Shane Brathwaite are all under 25. So is Ramon Gittens who’s 24 while judoka Kyle Maxwell is also 21. Bradley Ally is the oldest at 25 years old.

(L to R) Esther Maynard – Pres. of the Amateur Athletic Association and Mgr of the athletics team; Hurdler Greggmar Swift & Cameron Burke, Chef De Mission for London

What I have often wondered is why not let those who want to perform with steroids do so and those who wish to remain clean also compete – but in separate arenas, however, in BOA President Stoute’s view there’ll always be those who want to circumvent what should be the standard {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

 A former athlete himself, Stoute sees such a demarcation as pointless – he feels where the events are supposed to be Natural results will still find those wishing to augment their chances and he cited when Obadele Thompson placed 4th in the 2000 M race, then the 1st & 2nd place winners got disqualified for doping, so he feels the best way is eternal vigilance.

Steve Stoute, President of the Barbados Olympic Association, constantly referred to the Mexican Olympiad of 1968 – in some ways I feel he wishes it was that time once more?

So considering the team going to England is clean, then why is it so small? the BOA executive says qualifying is not like 44 years ago when everyone could volunteer {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Since so many countries are competing, then standards have become more exacting so as to contain the flood of contenders for each Olympiad.

Not under his Meteorologist capacity but as Chef De Mission, Cameron Burke, indicated it would be Ryan Brathwaite who bears the flag for Barbados at the Games. Wesley Worrell, is also confident of his team seeking the Gold in this Paralympics in wheelchair marathon which is his pet project and for David Taylor with swimming.

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