Miguel Francis, according to reports, wants to switch allegiance to the United Kingdom.

The 21-year-old sprinter, who trains with Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in Kingston, represented Antigua and Barbuda at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He, however, was unable to run the 200m because of an injury.

On Thursday, the Antigua Daily Observer reported that a source ‘extremely’ close to Francis advised of the switch.

The source, the newspaper said, disclosed that the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association (ABAA) is in receipt of Francis’ transfer of allegiance request.

However, when contacted, the president of the ABAA Everton Cornelius did not confirm or deny the reports.

According to the newspaper, Francis, who was born in Montserrat, was asked via his facebook page, but only said, “wow, news travel fast in Antigua lol.”

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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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