The old man still winning & wants to run again for country

Collins, won the 150m in 15.84 sec running as part of a Commonwealth Select Team, against other squads from the United States, Northern Island, Scotland and Great Britain. The team was comprised of athletes from countries that included the Bahamas, Kenya and Jamaica.

What makes Collins impressive is his ability at 37, (an advanced age for any sport) to remain competitive, defeating athletes, some as much as a decade younger. This victory for Collins and other recent developments have apparently caused him to have a change of heart and he is now saying that he would be willing to represent his country once again, despite his public statement in 2012, never to do so in the future, after falling out with his national association, at the London Olympics.

Speaking to the media in Glasgow, Collins told the BBC “The fans have stepped up and said ‘hey, we want to see you’. I have to acknowledge that because these are the people who make things happen in track and field. Based on that, I’m thinking that I really should return and one of the big things is that there is not really a big replacement; nobody has really stepped up to carry things on.”

Another reason why Collins seems to be having some hope is related to the election in early January this year of a new management committee to run the affairs of the St. Kitts & Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, SKNAAA.

He said, “We have a new executive now, a lot of people have moved on and you have to learn how to forgive. I am hoping we can sit down and talk and move on from there.

I don’t want to jump the gun and say yes to running at the Commonwealth Games, but deep down I’m thinking it’s more possible now.”

It is a well-known ‘secret’ that Collins and other athletes have had a challenging relationship with the executive of the SKNAAA and some of this has played out in the mainstream media and social media. Collins however is now suggesting that he may be willing to help mend fences with the association and would give consideration to wearing his country’s colours again.

Collins brought much pride and world attention to his country in 2003 when he won the 100m at the World Championships in France. He also won a bronze medal 8 years after in 2011. He is also a former Commonwealth 100m champion.

This was the fourth appearance of Collins at the Glasgow International Match and this time around he was given the honour of leading the Commonwealth Select Team, as its captain. He has made four appearances at the Olympics and would have made history with a record fifth appearance had he been allowed to compete in London 2012 Olympics.


 

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