THE OUTBREAK of the coronavirus has set back Veronica Campbell-Brown’s (‘VCB’) dream of participating in her sixth straight Olympic Games this year.However, the two-time Olympic 200m champion is not perturbed by the new challenges the virus has presented to the world, and is encouraging her supporters to also not give in to the pressure.In an Instagram post, Campbell-Brown said: “I just wanna give you a few words of encouragements. We are in an unprecedented time and we are faced with so many challenges, but in the midst of all the new things that we have to adapt to, I just want to remind you that you have the strength and the capacity to go through this phase and come out stronger on the other side. So stay motivated, stay positive, do not lose hope and know that this too shall past. Continue to follow the guidelines to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.” ICING ON THE CAKE Campbell-Brown, who made her Olympic debut in 2000 at the Sydney Games, where she helped Jamaica to a silver medal in the women’s 4x100m at the age of 18, said earlier this year that qualifying for the Tokyo Games would be the ‘icing on the cake’ for her long and illustrious career.“It would be the icing on the cake if I am able to run in my sixth Olympic Games, because I feel like I don’t have anything else to prove,” she said at the time.The former Vere Technical standout won back-to-back Olympic titles in the 200m at the Athens and Beijing Games in 2004 and 2008, respectively.She also anchored Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m at the Athens Games.After last month’s postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021, the 38-year-old said on Instagram: “I want to encourage all my fellow athletes to keep their Olympic dreams alive and continue to prepare as best as possible, so when the time is right you will be ready to seize the opportunity to showcase your talent.”The Tokyo Games is now set for the July 23 to August 8, 2021.
The Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB) National U19 Development Team continued its impressive showing in its 16th Ventures Invitational Indoor Hockey Tournament Saturday evening notching up two additional wins to end the group stage unbeaten en-route to the semi-finals. The juniors followed up their first-round win against Shape by defeating an experienced Queen’s Park second XI featuring several players from Guyana’s national senior team, 5-1. The highly-regarded Omar Hopkinson found the opening strike for the Guyanese in the 11th minute through a penalty corner conversion while Shomere Grant netted five minutes later to extend the lead. Warren Williams handed the Guyanese a 3-0 cushion in the 29th minute before Shane Samuels – one of the Guyanese on the Queen’s Park side – scored to leave the score 3-1. The juniors though, completed the 5-1 win following late goals from Shakeem Fausette and Nandalall Persaud. They then booked their semifinal spot when they lit up the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sports & Physical Education Centre (SPEC) indoor facility by defeating Fatima, another respected Trinidad and Tobago team 5 – 2.