BIRMINGHAM, England — Jamaica's athletes have created a buzz almost equal to that of the host country's team as the XXXth Olympic Games draws near in London, according to newly appointed Jamaican High Commissioner Aloun N'dombet Assamba.
The high commissioner was among the crowd that turned out at the media day put on by the JAAA/JOA at the Munrow Sports Complex on the campus of the University of Birmingham on Tuesday.
On what she said was exactly two months since she started her new assignment, she told the Jamaica Observer that the buzz around the Jamaican team has been the highlight of the build up to the Olympics.
"I believe the buzz about the track and field at the Olympics is about our team. You see the images everywhere, in everything, it is the images of Jamaica, it's the colours of Jamaica," she said.
"We are in Britain and there is a focus on Great Britain's team, their team, but outside of that it is the Jamaican team," she continued.
As far as the competition is concerned, Assamba said she expected the team to do at least as well as four years ago when they won 11 medals including six gold in Beijing, China.
"I can't say what my expectations are, but my hope is that we will do as well or better than we did in Beijing, that's my hope. My expectation is that our anthem is going to be played in the stadium on the 6th of August," she said.
August 6 is Jamaica's Independence Day and the day after the men's 100m final.
Assamba singled out defending female sprint champions Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown as the athletes she would be keeping an eye on and reasoned that, "There is so much of a hype around the men that my focus is on the females because I don't think we give them enough credit for what they have achieved."
"Historically, our women have done so well and I don't think we have given them the credit," she said.