In line of fire! Anderson says countries targeting Ja at Olympics

In line of fire! Anderson says countries targeting Ja at Olympics


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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JAMAICA will be a targeted nation at the London Olympics as every country will be gunning to lower its colours in the sprints following the Beijing success story, according to Don Anderson, head of Jamaica's delegation.

Anderson, who will be chef de mission for the fifth time to the Olympics and seventh overall as an administrator, was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Kingston's luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel yesterday.

"We won six gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals for a total of 11 medals. Unprecedented. Now, if you think that the other big countries in the world like the United States has taken it kindly, think again," said Anderson.

"After Beijing, the USA regrouped and they set up a committee and the objective was to undercut and regain the sprint dominance back from Jamaica because there is no country where 2.8 million people has any business beating the United States with 300 million," noted Anderson, who is also a renowned political pollster.

"Not only the United States, but other huge countries have been targeting Jamaica over the last four years," he added.

Anderson, who wears many hats, is also first vice-president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and a distinguished secretary of the Kiwanis club.

The man known for his bold election predictions is warning Jamaicans to temper their expectations. "We will see some serious challenges being mounted and they are hungry and determined to beat Jamaica.

"We have to temper those expectations because everybody will be gunning for us," he reiterated. "There are expectations of the Diaspora and the Jamaican public and there are the expectations that Jamaica is going to canter in the Olympic Games," said Anderson.

"People would ask the question (of) Jamaica going one, two, three in the 100m, don't. We have Bolt, Blake and Powell....we have the capabilities and all the countries that were beaten by us have regrouped," he pointed out.

Anderson, author of the book from Seoul to Beijing — a chronicle of his Olympic memoirs from behind the scenes over six Games -- has no doubt about Jamaica's prowess to repeat its fantastic achievements.

"There is no question that we have the capabilities and just days before the 'Mini 100m finals of the Olympics' this is something Jamaicans can boast about.

"We have at least nine athletes running under 10 seconds that are still competing and it is possible that on Friday night, we might have eight persons in the finals running under 10 seconds. Nowhere else in the world can boast that," he declared.

However, Jamaica repeating its past heroics this summer might be extremely difficult to witness live track and field action because of the severe difficulty in accessing tickets, Anderson warned.

"I have never in all of my years seen so much hype, enthusiasm, excitement for any games as we are experiencing now," he said.

Jamaica will be participating in four sporting disciplines at the London Games, namely, track and field, equestrian, swimming, and tae kwon do.

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