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Athletes ‘need help’

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Athletes ‘need help’

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BARBADOS’ OLYMPIC GAMES’ medal hopefuls need proper preparation before going to the starting line, and psychological motivation to cross the tape.

Private people and public entities also need to pull their pockets if multi-eventer Akela Jones and other talented athletes are to get on the Olympics podium.

Those suggestions were among many made by two officials of the Barbados team which attended the Rio Olympics after a nine-member contingent returned home without silverware to little fanfare and no official welcoming party at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday.

“I think we need to prepare our athletes a little better. Unfortunately, there are spread all across the world and they are not really at home [but] I think we need to have, in addition to the coaching, a psychologist on board to help them to rise to the occasion when necessary,” chef de mission Dr Adrian Lorde told WEEKEND SPORT.

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.