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RIO DE JANEIRO---Jamaican
Usain Bolt arrived here late
Wednesday night to begin final
preparations for next month s
Olympic Games, where he will
seek an unprecedented third
successive sweep of both
The 29-year-old touched down
on a flight from London where
he last week captured the 200
metres at the London Anniver-
sary Games. The race was his last
before heading into the August
While Bolt paused for photos
from waiting media, he did not
give any interviews and eventu-
ally left in a private car.
Bolt s campaign at the Games
is expected to take the headlines,
as the global icon attempts to
repeat his achievements from Bei-
jing 2008 and London 2012, when
he won gold in the 100m, 200m
and the sprint relay.
As recently as earlier this
month, Bolt sent shockwaves
through the athletics fraternity
when he pulled out of the Jamaica
National Trials with injury.
The move placed a huge ques-
tion mark over his fitness in time
for the Rio Games and his ability
to properly defend his titles.
However, he eased those fears
by storming to victory in the 200
metres in London last week in a
time of 19.89, and said afterward
he was ready for the challenge of
the Olympic Games.
"I always have little doubts in
my mind. But I m focused and
ready to go," he told media before
"My coach (Glenn Mills) always
tells me that the older you get, it s
going to get harder, and you have
to push yourself," he added.
The Games are being hyped as
a battle between Bolt and Amer-
ican Justin Gatlin, who has over-
come a drugs ban to return to
prominence in the sport.
Bolt twice beat Gatlin at last
year s World Championships in
Beijing and once again backed
himself to repeat.
"Last year Gatlin was just not
ready. It was the first time he
was actually being chased," Bolt
also said in London last week.
"He was usually the one who
was chasing. Or he was winning
by far, but this time he had a
tough competitor, which was me.
It was hard for him."
Bolt is the World record holder
in both the 100m and 200m.
Brian Lewis, the President of the
Olympic Committee is one of the
rare gems in this Republic in the
Lewis, the still new president of
the T&T Olympic Committee, took
the reins of his organisation two years
During this period, Lewis has
brought vision and drive to the busi-
ness of Olympics in T&T.
Given the lip service demonstrated
towards athletes over too long a peri-
od, Lewis organised and professional
approach to the task of cultivating
athletes with a professional mindset,
to become winners has been focused
to the limit.
Not only has he fashioned a clear
vision for this country s Olympic pro-
gram, but he has put in train the pro-
grams intended to achieve his organ-
isation s desired goals.
As his team does its work, he has
led from the front, creating the pos-
itive mind share necessary in the busi-
ness of the "Cultivation of Winners".
Lewis call to arms in support of
his Olympic plan has seen some suc-
cess, but not the kind necessary to
produce the likes of Roger Gibbons,
Leslie King or Gene Samuel.
Nor has the response been enough
to encourage another Crawford,
Boldon, Mottley or Skinner.
What he has lacked in financial
support Lewis punches above our
nation s weight on social media --
setting out clearly our Olympic hopes
I endorse the work of this national
Olympic President and I encourage
anyone reading this letter to go now
and donate $100 or more to T&T s
Let s not make Lewis a man with
vision, hard work and commitment,
but no medals.
Brian Lewis has done the work;
let s put in our commitment of cash
to assist the T&T Olympic effort for
the next 50 years.
Louis Lee Sing
down in Rio
Jamaican Olympic runner Usain Bolt, centre, arrives at Rio de Janeiro
International Airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday. AP PHOTO
TTOC head Lewis
called a rare gem
T&TOC president Brian Lewis, left, and T&T's second Olympic gold medallist
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