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We all eagerly awaited the start of the IAAF
championships where the world s best track
and field performers were expected to be at
their best for this auspicious occasion at the
Bird s Nest Stadium in Beijing, China.
The expectations of a better medal perform-
ance from our athletes were perhaps the result
of our team s performance at last month s Pan
Am Games in Canada.
However, it seems that the joy of winning
medals tends to conceal some of the important
issues which may have been happening with
the athletes who failed to get among the win-
Before the start of the Games the national
4x100 metres relay team lost two of its members
due to injuries and by the conclusion of the
100 metres event it lost a third which means
that the red, white and black national flag will
not be flying in the men s sprint relay at the
famous Bird s Nest stadium.
By the end of the second day in Beijing, the
picture was beginning to show itself with a fair
degree of consistency, especially with our Men s
400m runners and Women s sprinters.
However, the story of Keston Bledman was
disturbing from all angles, seeing that he ran
a wonderful sub-10 100m at the National
Championships and looked extraordinarily
comfortable at the end of his run, which bet-
tered all the other national sprinters.
His fans must have been disappointed when he
hurt his groin in the Pan Am Games, especially after
he had shown excellent quality over this distance for
at least six years.
Surely, that type of injury was not the type to
repair in any short amount of time.
The national champion sprinter told T&T officials
he wanted to miss the Pan Am Games in order to
better prepare for the World Championships.
A report stated that he was told he was getting
money from the government and had to run.
He even discussed the issue with his two coaches
although no one wanted to listen. The lad was just
getting a series of injections and other medicinal
stuff to repair a groin strain when only rest and spe-
cialised treatment could bring normalcy.
It was a similar picture for Jehue Gordon, whose
lead-up to the games via the National Championships
provided glimpses of under-preparedness.
However, he was still chosen to face the starter in
the most prestigious athletic competition in the
I wonder whether the people in charge of our ath-
letes preparation understand that with an injury one
cannot simply perform at his best and that encour-
aging an injured athlete to use medication to perform
because the Government has invested in him is ludi-
crous. It demonstrates a lack of knowledge that exists
in the development of our sportsmen and women.
Within the contest of any sport at the highest
level, no injury should allow the athlete to perform
at his/her best.
One can understand Cleo Borel s injury which
occurred during the event, and even then, that injury
would have retarded her progress as she admitted to
Why then did she continue to be unable to operate
at her best, knowing that she was incapable of giving
One is sometimes left to wonder if predictions
such as "10 golds by 2020" is expected to bring any
more scientific approach to the athletes.
However, I have to admit that after seeing the
times and placings of Machel Cedeno, Lalonde Gordon
and Renny Quow in the 400m and Michel Lee Ahye,
Semoy Hackett and Kelly Ann Baptiste in the 100m
preliminaries, better days may be ahead for these
two events and, of course, the relays.
Why not learn lessons from Usain Bolt regarding
the scientific method in which injuries are treated
and the value of seeing the fitness fully repaired?
We shall sit and await the progress of those who
are healthy and giving of their best.
Injuries make good athletes moderate
Trinidad and Tobago's Keston Bledman checks his
time after running in a men's round one heat of the
100m at the World Athletics Championships at Bird's
Nest stadium in Beijing, on August 22. AP PHOTO
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