Athletes who fail to compete and show fitness should not be on the team!!! PERIOD!!!
Nassau, Bahamas – Bahamas has not medaled as yet at the games but what has transpired so far tells us some serious planning by the Ministry of Youths Sports and Culture must be done in the future.
New blood must now come forward in competition. When we look at the teams fielded by our Caribbean partners, we see the 26-year-old Bolt return, after breaking records at age 22 during the Beijing games. This year in the men 400m the young star Grenadian Kirani James cruised to the finish with an impressive win on Monday night.
This tells us many things. It begs the question: are we about taking athletes for the ride? Or are we about competition? Competing with the world to WIN!
What are we about?
Some weeks before the Olympics, Bahamas Press asked, why were Athletes failing to show fitness at the Bahamas Nationals prior to the London Games. At that event lined up in the stadium were talented sprinters, qualified hurdlers, new young high jumpers ready to test their fitness here in Nassau, but the “Corruption” in the sports organization is so full of bias that they left much of the new raw talent in the stadium and turned a blind eye to the youngsters.
They had their favorites set to travel to the games, already handpicked.
When we wrote our article in July we noted the fact that some who were headed for London failed to show fitness here at home. You see, in the case of some of them, not even their coach could find them, much less the BAAAs and this is not good.
How is it that world track stars, persons who receive subventions from their government, cannot be found in an Olympic year? What are y’all doing?
While raw hidden talents awaited to compete and while new blood sat on the sidelines waiting for the chance, no one would even take them off the bench.
Then we have this young junior who got a free ride to the Olympics with her father and coach Shaunea Miller and who, in the middle of the race, walked off the track.
Bahamas Press got the news that she was upset about the fact that her father was not allowed in the Stadium to watch her race and so she just walked off the track just like that. Give up! Stopped running as the world watched. VELL MUDDO! [Stop the Junkanoo music.]
Jenn Davis, one of the team’s Physiotherapists, noted that it was not a pull nor was it a strain. So what was it?
Miller is another athlete on the Bahamas Team who never showed up for fitness at the Bahamas Nationals and refused to compete in the make-ups. What kind of discipline and coaching jackass-ness is that? In an Olympic year!
It is Unbelievable to see what we allow to infiltrate our team and damn our country. People hooked on emotions. Coaches gone for the ride. Injured athletes in the know hitching on the back of Bahamasair jets, while the raw young talent sits on the sidelines and watches the few elect go to the Motherland. It is shameful to say the least.
The Bahamas Olympic Association, The BAAAs and the Ministry of Sports must look closer at what is happening to their bodies. And from the eyes of a Bahamian – NONE A YINNER WORKING IT RIGHT!
Athletes who fail to compete should not be on the team, and those who failed to show – CANNOT GO! It is simple as that!
We report yinner decide!