There is now a hot debate in Jamaican circles on the news that Shericka Williams and two other Jamaican athletes will no longer be competing for Jamaica, but have switched allegiance to the oil rich, middle east country of Bahrain.
Most comments from Jamaicans on social media are wishing the athletes well, stating that it is okay to do it for the money. Others (the minority) are calling them “sell outs.”
Bahrain has been building its track and field team from importation of athletes for the past few years.
Olympic Games silver medalist Shericka Williams is among three Jamaican athletes set to represent Bahrain.
According to information reaching TrackAlerts.Com, Andrew Fisher and Kemarley Brown, are also on their way to represent the Middle East country.
Garth Gayle, general secretary of the JAAA, confirmed the athletes made a request for the switch.
Williams is one of Jamaica’s most successful 400m runners, having won silver in the one lap event at the 2009 World Championships to add to her Beijing 2008 Olympic Games silver medal. She has seven relay medals in the 4x400m for Jamaica between 2005 and 2012.
Brown, another sub-10 man at 9.93, recently returned to Jamaica from college in the USA.
Brandon Simpson, a former Jamaica quarter miler, switched to Bahrain in 2005.
Earlier this year, Jacques Harvey switched to Turkey, a country he now represents on the circuit with the name Jak Ali Harvey.