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Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

Tokyo , Japan (AFP) — The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said yesterday, after the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. Read More

'They feel entitled'
Michael Frater, Jamaica's 2005 World Championships 100m silver medallist, believes most of the nation's current crop of male athletes wishing to fill the huge void left by the legendary Usain Bolt lack the desire, passion and hard work required to dominate at the global...... Read More

World athletics championships moving to 2022 — organisers
Paris, France (AFP) — The 2021 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon will be shifted to 2022 to accommodate the rearranged Tokyo Olympics, World Athletics said yesterday.... Read More

Jamaica's Michael Frater (second right) receives the baton from Nesta Carter in a 4x100m relay event at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA, in this file photo. (Photo: Collin Reid)... Read More

'I had something to prove'

By Paul A Reid Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March, 30 2020    

The postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games due to the threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic came as a “tough blow” to 2017 World Championships men's 400m hurdles finalist Kemar Mowatt, who says he was in the best shape of his life and was looking to go... Read More

Mowatt empathises with youngsters who will miss trio of important meets

By Paul A Reid Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March, 30 2020    

Former Munro College stand-out Kemar Mowatt says he can empathise with young Jamaican athletes who have been denied the opportunities to compete at the three biggest events on the track and field calendar — the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)... Read More

Rene Medley cops inter-collegiate track and field award

Sunday, March, 29 2020    

Former Vere Technical sprinter Rene Medley was last week named US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Women's Division 2 Indoors Track Athlete of the Year after her successful senior season at Lincoln University in Missouri,... Read More

J'can jumper Lewis leaves Texas Tech with degree, but…

Sunday, March, 29 2020    

Former Cornwall College athlete Odaine Lewis is a proud member of the graduating Class of 2020 from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Sciences, this less than a year after helping the “Red Raiders” win their first-ever NCAA Division One Outdoor... Read More

Changing lanes

By Howard Walker Senior staff reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March, 29 2020    

Following his stellar career on the track, Jamaica's 2005 World Championships 100m silver medallist Michael Frater has turned his focus on coaching, through which he is honing his skills at St Jago High school. Read More


Sunday, March, 29 2020    

FRATER...coaching is fairly new to me in terms of actually coaching athletes (Photo: Observer file) Read More

Old guards Gatlin, Powell hanging on for Games in 2021

Saturday, March, 28 2020    

Highlights of their very best moments are still available on compact discs, maybe even actual video tape. When teammates shout out, “Hey, old man” — well, they know that's directed at them. Read More

Postponement of Olympics — the right decision

BY MARK ARCHER Contributor | Friday, March, 27 2020    

The Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, has officially been postponed until 2021 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. There are now more than 400,000 reported cases worldwide in nearly every country, and the number is... Read More

COVID-19 puts brakes on JII meet, World U-20 Championships

Thursday, March, 26 2020    

The Jamaica International Invitational (JII) and the World Athletics Under-20 Championships are the latest track and field events to have fallen under the axe of the COVID-19 pandemic after they were both postponed earlier this week. Read More

Sprintec takes big hit with Olympic postponement, says boss Wilson

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March, 26 2020    

The disruption of the 2020 track and field season has come at a major financial cost to the Maurice Wilson-led Sprintec Track Club. Read More

Gatlin inspired by NFL's Brady, vows to race in Tokyo

Thursday, March, 26 2020    

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — Veteran US sprinter Justin Gatlin says he is drawing inspiration from NFL superstar Tom Brady and plans to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. Read More


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