Rio 2016 Olympiad may only see Barbadian Track & Field competing: Brazilian envoy pledges all will be ready next year

With a slim hope in the triathlon field, it appears Track & Field is most likely the only sport where Barbadians will compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics in Brazil.

Barbados Olympic Association president Steve Stoute admitted to this serious fallback in Bajan prowess during a hand over of Barbados’ invitation to the games by Brazilian ambassador Luis De Andrade at the Association’s Wildey headquarters in St Michael.

During the Q&A segment, De Andrade was grilled on Rio's level of preparation based on reports from International Media in 2014 over the level of infrastructure expecting close to 11-thousand athletes from over 200 countries participating in 42 sports. While Stoute indicated it would be fully known two months before the 31st Olympiad starts next year, as that's after Barbados' athletics trials which provide the numbers that would be sent to Brazil.

During the Q&A segment, De Andrade was grilled on Rio’s level of preparation based on reports from International Media in 2014 over the level of infrastructure expecting close to 11-thousand athletes from over 200 countries participating in 42 sports. While Stoute indicated it would be fully known two months before the 31st Olympiad starts next year, as that’s after Barbados’ athletics trials which provide the numbers that would be sent to Brazil.

Barbados was represented at the recently concluded Pan American Games in Canada, but only track and field athletes returned home with medals despite the presence of several other aspects including swimming, equestrian sport and boxing. With such a lacklustre harvest, Stoute admitted it appeared to be “difficult for (Barbados) to qualify in sports other than athletics” but held a slim hope for the triathlon field.

Stoute was referring to triathlete Jason Wilson who ranked among the top 50 in the world in that event; the BOA president also believed Akela Jones in the heptathlon held a good chance to be among those qualifying.

This as the Brazilian diplomat made a narrative augmented with both video and power point presentations, which led to concern from the Bajan Reporter over the level of preparation, and the answers while naturally assertive, did not necessarily engender confidence with this News Blog.

(L to R) BOA's Operations Mgr, Glyne Clarke observes when President of the BOA, Steve Stoute receives the official invitation from Ambassador Luiz De Andrade of the Brazilian Embassy.

(L to R) BOA’s Operations Mgr, Glyne Clarke observes when President of the BOA, Steve Stoute receives the official invitation from Ambassador Luiz De Andrade of the Brazilian Embassy.

De Andrade said the games in Brazil are projected to cost approximately US$12 billion which includes an expansion of the South American city’s subway system, these major additions are expected to be completed in time for the August 5 to 21 event. While the Paralympics will be contested between September 7 to 18.

The games are being staged at a cost of US$12 billion, the 31st Olympiad will see golf and rugby sevens added as medalling events.

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