Jamaica National Championships
Kemar Bailey Cole
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Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jamaica’s reigning Commonwealth champion, training partner of Usain Bolt and the man who Bolt has touted as his successor, claims he has been struggling with the Zika virus, gripping our country.

In an interview with the Gleaner, Bailey Cole stated that he didn’t know he had the virus and has been training with it for three days, only discovering the threat when his girlfriend found a bump on his neck.

It is not clear if Bailey Cole has been formally tested and diagnosed with the virus, however this is a cause for major concern, as the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared Zika a global public health emergency, but has however stated that there is no need at this time to cancel the Rio Olympics.

The athlete has been quoted as saying “I was experiencing back pains and muscle soreness, but I thought it was just soreness from the exercises I was doing. Recovering is not easy. The rashes are still on my body, my eyes hurt, but the best thing is that I am not feeling any muscle pain at the moment.”

Bailey Cole has had a lukewarm season  so far and  on his last outing  at the Racers Grand Prix, he finished 5th in a time of 10 seconds flat.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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