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Switching Allegiances: One More Jamaican Sprinter Moves On To Represent Another Country

Jamaican born Sprinter Winston Barnes
Written by StephanieK
Jamaican Sprinter Winston Barnes - Photo Via Winston Barnes Facebook Page.

Jamaican Sprinter Winston Barnes – Photo Via Winston Barnes Facebook Page.

Winston Barnes, a former sprinter from Jamaica College, will now be representing Turkey in athletic competitions. Barnes, who will be known as Emre Zafer Barnes, joined three other Jamaican sprinters who decided to switch their allegiance to compete for various Arab countries. Former Wolmer’s Boys’ sprinter Jacques Harvey made the switch to Turkey earlier and is now known as Jak Ali Harvey. Following Jamaica’s Olympic Games, Shericka Williams, silver medalist, Andrew Fisher and Kemarley Brown all asked to move on to Bahrain, planning to represent that country at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. According to Commonwealth Games 100-metre champion Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jamaica could lose even more of its top athletes to countries who are willing to provide the financial support lacking from the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), corporate Jamaica, and the government.

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