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National cyclist Williams eyes Tokyo Olympic Games

Published:Saturday | January 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp/Gleaner Writer
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National cyclist Oshane Williams is looking towards the Commonwealth Games in Australia next April and hopes to gain as much points as possible on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Williams, 23 years old, was confirmed by the Jamaica Cycling Federation earlier this week to replace Marloe Rodman at the Commonwealth Games, which is set for the Gold Coast.

"I am feeling great about being selected to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games. It is always an honour to represent the country and this will be my first experience at the Commonwealth Games," Williams told The Gleaner yesterday.

"I am going there to do my best and collect enough points on the way for qualification to the next Olympic Games," Williams added.

 

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After being out for one year because of financial constraints, he returned to the sport last October.

"In the cycling world, when you take it up seriously, it is like doing a job. It is a full-time commitment. If the sponsorship is not coming the way you like it, it is difficult to continue. Now, I am back because the federation says they are working on financial support for me," he explained.

"I love the sport, so I am back in training. Right now, I am basically doing three hours a day training to be ready," Williams added.

Rodman was replaced because of manslaughter and other charges. Rodman has been charged with manslaughter after he was involved in a fatal accident on November 26 in St Catherine.

He was allegedly driving his motorcycle along Gordon Boulevard in St Catherine when he lost control of the bike. Rodman's motorcycle crashed into a stationary motorcycle, which Anthony Gordon was sitting on. Both Gordon and Rodman were taken to hospital where Gordon succumbed to his injuries.

Rodman is set to face the courts for the charges on January 23.