Rugby debut does not signal end of track career - Olympian Warren Weir

By July 09, 2018
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir said not  notwithstanding to Jamaica's rugby team to the CAC Games, his career is still alive. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Warren Weir said not notwithstanding to Jamaica's rugby team to the CAC Games, his career is still alive.

Jamaica's Olympian Warren Weir said Monday, his selection to Jamaica’s Rugby team to the 2018 CAC Games in Colombia later this month, is not an indication of impending retirement from track and field.  

As was first reported by SportsMax.TV last week, the 28-year-old Weir was selected to represent Jamaica at the CAC Games and could also be selected to  Jamaica's Rugby Sevens team for the World Cup in San Francisco also later this month. He said he is proud to be representing Jamaica at a new sport.

“First of all, it has always been my greatest honour to represent Jamaica in any form. I gladly took up the offer to play rugby when I was approached about joining the team because my pace would be an asset to the sport,” Weir said in a statement following the Jamaica Olympic Association’s (JOA) announcement of a 183-member team representing 17 sports to the Games at their headquarters on Cunningham Avenue in Kingston on Monday.

He made it clear that he is still a track and field athlete and has not retired from the sport in which he won Olympic 200m bronze at the London 2012 Olympics and World Championships silver a year later in Moscow.

“I have thus been training and will be ready for the CAC Games in Colombia. My inclusion at the CAC Games as a rugby player must also not be seen as any kind of decision on my association with track and field as I am still a sprinter. I have just found another way to contribute to this country’s great sporting legacy and I see no reason to limit myself. My coach, agent, and all associations were notified about the possibility and my trials with Jamaica’s rugby outfit."

Weir said rugby is a growing sport in Jamaica and urged Jamaicans to support the sport as they would any of the other major sports on the island.

"Jamaica’s rugby has been growing leaps and bounds over the last few years and now, more than ever, needs the support of the country, both financially and in terms of moral support. I trust Jamaica will get behind us as a team,” he said.

The Jamaica Rugby Team is scheduled to make its historic appearance at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco this month. Other members of the team include Owen Linton, Oshane Eddie, Dyneal Fessal, Omar Dixon and Marcus Webber.”

 

Leighton Levy

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