VOLLEYBALL ASSOCIATION LOOKING TO COMPETE IN RIO IN 2016—04/18/15
The president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), Rudolph Speid, is working to prepare a Jamaican beach volleyball team that will participate in the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016. He plans to make a statement by hosting a women’s beach volleyball Olympic qualifying competition and the Caribbean Beach Volleyball Championships in Ocho Rios on May 1 through 2, 2015. JAVA decided to hold the tournament because beach volleyball is very popular around the world, and the event will mark the first-round qualification for the 2016 Olympics.
BOLT WINS SPRINT CHALLENGE, BUT DISAPPOINTED WITH HIMSELF—04/19/15
While Jamaican sprint champion Usain Bolt easily won a challenge from Ryan Bailey in the 100-meter race in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he was unhappy with his performance. Bolt ran the distance in 10.12 seconds. He bested Bailey by 0.12 seconds, but thought he executed poorly overall. He said that he expected his coach to be somewhat unhappy with the result of the race.
UK-BORN JAMAICAN TO REPRESENT THE ISLAND AT OLYMPICS—04/23/15
Reiss Beckford, a British-born Jamaican gymnast, has obtained permission to represent Jamaica in the 2016 Olympic games in Brazil. Beckford wants to be the first gymnast in history to represent Jamaica at the world competition. He received permission due to his dual nationality following an application to the International Gymnastics Federation.
POWELL TO JOIN BOLT ON WORLD RELAY TEAM—04/24/15
Asafa Powell, former Jamaican 100-meter world champion record holder, will join the Jamaican team at the second staging of the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas. He will participate along with triple Olympic gold medal winner Usain Bolt. Over 600 athletes from around the globe will compete in five relay competitions: 4×100 meters, 4×200 meters, 4×400 meters and 4×800 meters, plus the distance medley relay for men and women.