Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 8th 2013 Contents A64
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 8, 2013
NEW YORK---The fastest man
on the planet, Usain Bolt of
Jamaica, wants to run the 200
metres in under 19 seconds
and possibly as early as 2014.
Bolt, writing in his autobi-
ography "Faster Than Light-
ning" which went on book-
shelves on Tuesday, said
achieving that landmark would
mean having a perfect season,
similar to his exploits in 2008.
The Jamaican speedster
believes achieving that feat
would mean more than winning
medals at the next Olympic
"Suppose I don t make any
quicker times in the 100, I
would love to be able to run
18-something seconds in the
200, even if it was an 18.99
race," Bolt said in his 291-page
"Forget making the next
Olympics and the medals,
breaking that time would be an
ever bigger success. I d love to
crack it, knowing that people
were sitting in their homes and
losing their minds at my
Bolt became the first man in
Olympic history to win both
the 100m and 200m in world
record times in 2008.
He etched his name in his-
tory four years later by becom-
ing the first man to win the
sprint double at consecutive
Olympic Games as well as set-
ting three world records in a
single Olympic Games.
"To reach that landmark
pace, I would need to have the
perfect season, like the one I
had in 08. I think next year
could be my shot at it, though
the window of opportunity is
getting smaller with every cam-
paign," he said.
"The older I get, the narrow-
er that window becomes; the
harder it is for me to reach peak
fitness in time for a major race".
However, he said that given
what he has done in the past,
he is not ruling out rounding
off his track career with anoth-
er world record, noting that he
is the only obstacle to his
"I don t think it s totally out
of reach in the next season or
so. Seriously, who would be
surprised if I did it? Who s
going to stop me from going
faster?," Bolt asked.
"The only man who can
bring an end to my status as a
star of track and field in the
next couple of years is me, and
I m a phenomenon, a serious
competitor---a legend for my
generation. Believe me, my time
isn t up just yet". (CMC)
KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
No profit was made on Akeem
Adams T-shirts, says Bruce Kauffman,
Owner of Native Spirit, the local cloth-
ing producer who produced the 2,000
"I Support Akeem!" T-shirts sold to
raise money for the ailing T&T foot-
Kauffman broke his silence yesterday
in an interview with the T&T Guardian
after there was public criticism owing
to misinformation about the sale of
T-shirts as part of the "Heart of a War-
rior" charity drive.
Adams, 22, who appeared twice for
this country at the Youth World Cup,
had a heart attack in September, then
had to have his lower left leg amputated.
He is in the Intensive Care Unit
(ICU) of a clinic in Hungary, where he
had been playing as a defender for the
At this country s international friend-
ly football match against New Zealand
on October 15, Native Spirit, in part-
nership with the T&T Football Asso-
ciation (TTFA), provided T-shirts for
sale to benefit a fund set up to assist
T-shirts were also sold at Native
Spirit outlets for $100.
In an interview yesterday, Kauffman
expressed disappointment that some-
thing meant to be charitable had turned
into a controversy that was ugly and
muddied with suspicion.
"We made a substantial commitment
to helping Akeem and we did it very
quickly. Who else in Government or
privately responded?" he asked.
Kauffman, who was hesitant to speak
to the media, said lack of information
and understanding of production costs
and selling and distribution costs were
behind the suspicion aimed at his busi-
ness and the TTFA.
It was reported that 2000 T-shirts
were sold and $72,300 was generated
Since that revelation, supporters have
expressed shock that only a portion of
the proceeds went to Adams.
The TTFA had initially said all pro-
ceeds from sales would go to him, but
later issued a release saying only 25 per
cent would be contributed.
"The initial agreement was that
Native Spirit would produce the T-
shirts and that $25 would go to the
TTFA for Akeem s fund," Kauffman
"We did the shirt at cost. Everything
was agreed to be done at cost (price).
There were production costs, selling
and distribution costs and Vat."
Kauffman said Native Spirit also han-
dled the distribution of the T-shirts,
including event costs for the football
game, tent rentals, staffing and other
"I am concerned that the real mes-
sage is not coming through. We were
and still are trying to help Akeem.
"The message should be the positive
side. We were trying to do something
Kauffman said it was unfortunate
that patrons were under a false impres-
sion about the T-shirts.
"I spent countless hours working on
this project that we finished in a short
space of time. My staff spent countless
hours working. You are talking about
a big effort."
Kauffman said the response to the
T-shirts had been great and over-
whelming and people should look at
the bigger message of coming together
to help Adams.
Kauffman said the actual cost of
an I Support Akeem T-shirt was
$87, as $13 was attributed to Vat.
A total of $25 was contributed
to the fund for Akeem Adams.
The production cost per T-shirt
amounted to $40, including the T-
shirts, printing, screens, colour
separation and use of seven
colours on each T-shirt.
Selling and distribution costs per
T-shirt amounted to $22. This
covered staff and event costs,
transportation, Linx fees, rental of
wireless Linx machines, tent
rentals and other expenses.
defends cost of
Bolt wants to break the
19-secs barrier next year
COSTS PER T-SHIRT SOLD AT $100
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