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I haven't retired - McKay eyes 2019 return to combined martial arts team

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMAinsley Walters/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica's most senior internationally active martial artist, Jason McKay, started his comeback on a winning note in Hood River, Oregon, at the weekend, easily beating Zenk Murray to win one of three gold medals going to combined team veterans.

Fighting unattached for the first time in 23 years and in gear competing with the combined team's clothing brand, McKay said he intends to regain his spot in 2019 after failing to qualify for this season's team following a late-season loss in Washington.

"I have been doing rehab for leg injuries with [physiotherapist] Ina Daley, as well as focusing on my strength work with personal trainer Camendo Thoms, so I have been off the team, but certainly not retired.

"The physio and strength training got me back in the mat without surgery. It is my intention to qualify for the combined team in 2019 with the wins I am working for this season, starting in Hood River," he added.

Though suiting up in a competing brand, McKay is looking forward to rejoining the combined team.

"I will, of course, conform to all sponsorship guidelines when I am back on the team," he said.