St. John’s Antigua- Antigua & Barbuda have so far qualified four athletes for the 2012 Olympic Games slated for July 27 to August 12 in London, England.
This is according to Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee (NOC), Cliff Williams, who said that two sprinters, a swimmer and an equestrienne have already made the grade that would see them compete at the world event.
“So far we have four athletes qualifying for the Olympics. We have Brendan Christian and he is now back on stream with things. He should be competing later down this month in Trinidad and in June in St Kitts so he is fully back on board,” he said.
“You have Daniel Bailey that so far looks like our flagship, and then we have Emily Ward in equestrian, and then we also have Karin Clashing for swimming.
“Swimming normally gets invited in one male and one female; but because of the numbers they allotted for swimming, we are now allotted only one from Antigua.”
According to Williams, however, Antigua & Barbuda could see the qualification of another swimmer, Orel Jeffery, who is currently on an Olympic scholarship in Miami.
This, he said, stems from the fact that head of the NOC, Paul “Chet” Greene, had written to FINA pushing for Jeffery to be given one of two automatic entry spots allotted to countries taking part in the Olympics.
“The president, Chet Greene, had written to FINA highlighting to them that this guy’s been training on the Olympic scholarship in Miami all along and he got a positive response, so they are just waiting now for all the qualifications to finish and then see where they can slot him in,” Williams said.
Antigua & Barbuda will be represented in both the 100 and 200 metres track events, while Ward and Clashing will carry the country’s flag in their various disciplines.
The team will be fully sponsored by the National Olympic Committee.