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Everything’s cool and running with Jamaica’s bobsled team. They’re back inside the Olympic rings, and back on the track. After their equipment was delayed in arriving to the Sochi Games, driver Winston Watts and his teammates got in their first two runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track on Thursday.
The Jamaicans, who qualified for the first time since 2002, couldn’t train on Wednesday because they arrived ahead of their luggage, which was on a later flight to Russia. Without their clothing, sliding suits, helmets or the expensive runners for their two-man sled, the Jamaicans couldn’t do anything but watch on their first day at the Olympic venue.
You might not know it, but there is a Jamaican Bobsled Federation. Well, it’s actually the Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation. Why, you might ask, did they not register JamaicanBobsledFederation.org, rather than http://www.jamaicabobsleighteam.com/? Who searches for bobsleigh competition in the Olympics?
The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation (JBF) Ltd. is the governing body for the sport of bobsleigh and skeleton in Jamaica. It was first constituted in 1987 in preparation for the 1988 Olympic Games and is a member, in good standing, of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and the Fédération International de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT). The Jamaica Bobsleigh Federation Ltd. is incorporated in Jamaica as a company limited by guarantee.
1. Mission Statement
To create an, administrative, training, competitive, and regulatory environment within which the sport may be developed locally and teams may compete successfully internationally.
The Federation also recognises the special place that Jamaica Bobsleigh has in international sport and as goodwill ambassadors for Jamaica. It is therefore committed to such other activities as will enhance the team’s presence internationally and contribute to the enhancement of Jamaica both locally and abroad.
Many people thought it was a novelty. A fad that would fade away following the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary. But the movie “Cool Runnings” has kept the spirit alive. Of course, money continues to be an issue. However, there will be a team in Russia in February. Follow the Jamaican Bobsled Team on the official website: JamaicaBobSleighTeam.com. Make a donation.
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