All is set for Rio, that’s according to Barbados’ chef de mission Dr Adrian Lorde.
No Barbadian athletes has arrived in Brazil as yet but Dr Lorde and Glyne Clarke, the team manager, are in the South American nation. The final preparations are being completed to venues and facilities for competition and according to Dr Lorde they are ready to receive the Barbadian athletes.
With Sada Williams’ withdrawal being a big blow to the Barbados team, there is still a lot of hope in the Barbados camp. According to Dr Lorde all of the athletes competing at the games have good chances.
“Ramon Gittens in the 100m, Akela [Jones] in the long jump as well as the heptathlon, we also have Michael Mascoll who is a veteran at these games so you never know.”
Dr Lorde also said there was a lot of hope for Jason Wilson and tennis player Darian King. Wilson will be competing in the men’s triathlon and will be looking to follow up his recent performances with a good outing at the Olympics.
“He came fourth at PanAm [Pan American] Games, he’s fortunate to be here and you never know he could get up there as well.”
King has been doing impressively well on the tennis circuit over the last couple of months and his good form is expected to continue at the Olympic Games. King is labelled as an unknown factor and according to Dr Lorde “we’ve seen known winners being beaten by unknowns before and he will be a relative unknown being ranked over a 100 [in the world]. But he’s a determined person and we don’t know how far he can go, so we expect him do well.”
Acclimatisation is expected to be pretty easy for the Barbadian athletes, as they will be arriving in Rio long before they are scheduled to compete. Dr Lorde made it clear that they weren’t any safety issues currently in Brazil with security at a premium. The Zika virus, though, continues to be an issue. Dr Lorde had high praise for the medical facilities in the Games village noting that it was outfitted with equipment for scans, MRIs and a full rehabilitation area.
The Games village is also outfitted with a 24-hour gym for the athletes. Lorde noted that the team had been provided with Insect repellent and the current cool weather in Brazil had sent the mosquitoes into “hiding”.
Much is expected from the Rio Olympics and according to Dr Lorde he wouldn’t be fully able to grade it currently.
“There are some areas where worked is still being completed but in a week or so I would be able to grade them very highly.”