Jamaica fighters aiming at six gold in Ireland
AFTER racking 118 medals – 27 gold, 35 silver and 56 bronze – bettered only by England’s 126, and finishing third in terms of quality, behind the United States, Jamaica, who hosted last year’s International Sports Kickboxing Association’s (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Montego Bay, have a small squad in Cork City, Ireland, gunning for at least six gold medals at the 2019 tournament.
A delegation led by ISKA Jamaica president, Jason McKay, including coach Claude Chin and referee Alvin Bernard, are counting on team captain Ackeem Lawrence, Nicholas Dusard and Richard Stone to each repeat their double-gold performances at the championships, which started Tuesday and ends Saturday.
McKay explained that Jamaica initially had six fighters, who had attained the required double-gold requirement from the 2018 tournament at home to secure sponsorship for Cork, but three members, Akino Lindsay, Trevor Webb Jr and Tyrique Tai-Loy, “all failed to reach the requirement of 75 per cent attendance to the training camp”.
“Jamaica hosted this championship last October in Montego Bay and had topped honours in the continuous and point divisions. From that team, we have Dusard, plus the current US Open ESPN Night of Champions winner, Lawrence.
“Stone is always a dominant force in these competitions and is expected to take both points and continuous sparring events, as he did in Germany, 2015, and at home last year,” McKay added.
Meanwhile, the ISKA was full of praise for Jamaica’s 2018 hosting of the event, stating on its website, “2018 has been the most successful year so far for the ISKA Amateur Member Association World Championships ... the Tatami Sports division was staged in Montego Bay, Jamaica, with the support of the Jamaican Tourist Board … the finale of the Montego Bay Championships was an evening gala show, featuring selected finals and team matches broadcast live … in attendance was special guest, former undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis”.