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#515391 - 06/23/16 11:28 AM Katy Sealy & Brandon Jones represent Belize at Olympics
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Katy Sealy and Brandon Jones to Represent the Jewel at Rio

Deon Sutherland, President, Belize Athletic Association

“This is something that has been done long time ago. We had a long list to send in to Rio and then from there, they asked us to make the short list. Because we don’t have any athletes that qualify for the Olympics, you have two merits or two what they call wild cards…a male and a female. So the Belize Athletic Association, based on performance over the years, has selection male Brandon Jones and female Katy Sealy to represent Belize at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.”

Deon Sutherland

Duane Moody

“Sir what determined their selection?”

Deon Sutherland

“Their performance over the period of years, we look at their progression, we look at the events that they have mastered…in our case because they are gold medalists and their performance have continued to progress and with that the executive committee said we believe that these are the two people that can best represent us.”

Katy Sealy

Katy Sealy, Athlete, Track & Field

“Wow…hahaha. Wow…hahaha. Absolutely I don’t know what to say. Thank you to the Belize Athletics Association for selecting me. I have been working hard and I am so happy. Hahaha.”

Duane Moody

“Now you went out, you broke records at the games. What is your anticipation for the Olympics and seeing the hard work that you’ll need to put in for then?”

Katy Sealy

“Well the Olympics is going to be different for me because I am not going to be in the hepthaphlon; and obviously the hepthaphlon is my event and that’s what I work on. But for the Olympics, I will only be in the one event so it is going to be different for me because I will be concentrating on the one event. Probably won’t be as strong for me because I like to do them all, but I’ll go out there nad run my best and see what I could do.”

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#515418 - 06/24/16 10:33 AM Re: Katy Sealy & Brandon Jones represent Belize at Olympics [Re: Marty]
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Kaina Got The Cold Shoulder

Yesterday the Belize Athletic Association named the two athletes who will be representing Belize at the Rio Olympics. They are Katy Sealey and Brandon Jones. Perennial favorite Kaina Martinez was not chosen - even after she had just represented Belize at the Central American Games the week before. Last night on the Lik Road TV Show, BAA Vice President Jaheed Smith explained why:...

Jaheed Smith, BAA Vice President
"In terms of Kaina and Katy, they were both neck to neck in the events. However, the problems lies because the Olympic Committee sends out information for the athletes to follow up. When Miss Martinez got her information, she did not respond back in time. These things have deadlines and she did not respond in time. So, there is an uproar about why we didn't send her or why we selected.. But the thing is we can't select her if she did not send in her proper paper work. We can't force Rio to put her in. So, it's not a matter of who was.... the dispute is who was closer to qualifying in the event and granted yes, Miss Martinez may have been closer to qualifying, but even if she had qualified and not sending her paperwork, we can't send her. That's the deciding factor right there."

Today we reached Kaina Martinez by phone in Texas where she is a student athlete on an athletic scholarship. She told us she was very disappointed and perplexed to learn that she had been omitted.

Kaina Martinez, Denied spot on National Olympic Selection
"I was surprised because I spoke to Jaheed Smith, I spoke to Deon Sutherland, when I was at Central American Championships and to no extend did I get the impression that I was not chosen or was not on any team or list. So when I saw that Katy Sealy was chosen, I know that I was the best female athlete, I remain in awe and up now I still am. I've given it my all just to find out that my all was not good enough."

Jules Vasquez
"They are saying that they repeatedly made request of you which you did not comply with."

Kaina Martinez, Denied spot on National Olympic Selection
"Wow, this is what it comes to? Is this really what it come to? Why didn't they told me that when I was talking to all 3 of them in El Salvador? Why weren't they verbal enough to tell me that when I asked questions and shared my concerns?"

"I sent the information. Why would I have not sent the information when I have sacrifice everything to represent Belize at its best? Why would I not have? Disappointment is not strange to me, but this hurts. It's like a concussion, it's like a blow in the head, because I have sacrifice everything. Why would I not sent information as such? Why? When I ran at Central American Championship without a uniform? When Dave asked for the uniform I have it to him and I ran with pride for my country without a uniform. That again, speaks volume to me."

"But you know what, I was never rude to them and you will come and tell me that I have not responded to your request? Is this what it come to, to cover yourself? It hurts. I am still basically in awe as to how they chose her. Why her and not the other athletes too. I don't choose someone who has a better time than somebody else. That hurts. But like I said I will stand firm. You will see me represent my school. You will see me graduate with honors. You will see me a success. I will not make this takes me down. It hurts. I won't lie that it doesn't hurts. It does."

Kaina - who is originally from Seine Byte - has been representing Belize since she was 15. She is now 30 and enrolled at Texas A & M University.

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#515655 - 06/29/16 10:26 AM Re: Katy Sealy & Brandon Jones represent Belize at Olympics [Re: Marty]
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NGC Calls Out For Kaina

Yesterday, the National Garifuna Council of Belize sent out a strongly worded press release denouncing the Belize Athletic Association for not including Belizean athlete Kaina Martinez in the Roster for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Last week we spoke to Martinez who expressed her dissatisfaction and strongly disputed BAA's claim that she did not submit all relevant information in due time. The National Garifuna is demanding that they rescind their decision and immediately engage Martinez as a candidate to represent Belize at the Olympics. Sandra Miranda, the National President of the Garifuna Council told us more.

Sandra Miranda, National President - Garifuna Council
"After being so good, performing so well at the Central American Games in Salvador, you would expect that Kaina would be selected to represent Belize. I would think that the Athletic Association is encouraging Belizeans to perform at athletic events and forward to the Olympics. So we were appalled at that decision, for this Belizean female and Garifuna athlete. She has made us proud as Belizeans and as Garinagu, so it was very appalling and disappointing. I don't want to say anything about the person selected, because I don't know much about her. But my issue is encouraging our Belizean athlete so that they can have something to look forward to."

Emanuel Pech
"I see in your press release that one of your demands is the decision be rescinded and that Kaina be properly acknowledge as a probable candidate for the re-Olympics, but isn't that too much of an unfair demand since the Olympics are just around the corner?"

Sandra Miranda, National President - Garifuna Council
"Well it's for the association to say that they cannot make that demand, but we will go for the highest. We would go for what is the most logical, that Belizean would expect and if they can't, then my other option would be to send her an apology right and then you'd apologize to the Belizean public."

As it is now, the persons chosen to represent Belize at the Olympics are track and field athletes Brandon Jones and Katy Sealy. Sealy is a English born Belizean, and Kaina Martinez is a home grown Garifuna. So is the Garifuna Council calling the BAA out on the issue of racism? Today we asked Miranda just that.

Sandra Miranda, National President - Garifuna Council
"This has nothing to do about the race. Yes, Kaina is a Garifuna and as a Garifuna athlete we would stand behind her as we would stand behind any Garifuna athlete or individual who we think has been disadvantaged. So, it's not based on race, we are looking at it as she is a Belizean, she is a female and yes she is a Garifuna. So we are not saying she was not selected because she is a Garifuna. For whatever reason the association has why she was not selected I think it is only right to give a logical and a reasonable explanation."

So how is the BAA responding? When we called the president today, he simply told us that he was disappointed that the Garifuna Council did not approach them first before going to the media. Deon Sutherland affirmed that their attorney is looking into it and will be responding to their press release.

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