The Cayman Invitational is going to be a sizzling athletics meet but sadly local hero Ronald Forbes is out through injury.
The 110 metres hurdler is in rehab and wants to be in peak shape for the London Olympics in July. Forbes said: “I was scheduled to run in the Cayman Invitational but I’m not going to be able to make it.”
Despite the disappointment, the crowd will be entertained by the likes of world 100m champions Yohan Blake and Carmelita Jeter, Michael Frater and Kim Collins.
Jamaican Blake, the youngest at 21 to have won the 100m at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea last year, said: “Racers Track Club (based in Kingston) wants to support the development of any athletic meeting in the Caribbean, so I’m looking forward to competing on 9 May in Grand Cayman.”
Cayman’s Cydonie Mothersill, the Commonwealth Games 200m champ who helped organise the event, has confirmed that she has no serious injury problems and will run in the 200m. The other locals competing are Olympic rep Kemar Hyman in the 100m, the Morgan twins, Carl and Carlos in the long jump and Jon Rankin in the 1500m.
Mothersill said: “We are saddened that Ronald won’t be able to compete in this year’s Cayman Invitational but the larger focus is on London and we wish him a speedy recovery so that he can compete and represent Cayman at his best.
“The Invitational will still have a number of Caymanian athletes participating in the races. All the international athletes are scheduled to participate.
“I am in full training and physically and mentally feeling great. The opportunity to compete on home soil is a huge motivator for me and is giving me an added edge and I am sure that is true for our other athletes as well.
“I want to continue to encourage everyone to come out to support all Caymanian athletes on 9 May.”
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