Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jamaica’s reigning Commonwealth champion, training partner of Usain Bolt and the man who Bolt has touted as his successor, claims he has been struggling with the Zika virus, gripping our country.

In an interview with the Gleaner, Bailey Cole stated that he didn’t know he had the virus and has been training with it for three days, only discovering the threat when his girlfriend found a bump on his neck.

It is not clear if Bailey Cole has been formally tested and diagnosed with the virus, however this is a cause for major concern, as the World Health Organization (WHO), has declared Zika a global public health emergency, but has however stated that there is no need at this time to cancel the Rio Olympics.

The athlete has been quoted as saying “I was experiencing back pains and muscle soreness, but I thought it was just soreness from the exercises I was doing. Recovering is not easy. The rashes are still on my body, my eyes hurt, but the best thing is that I am not feeling any muscle pain at the moment.”

Bailey Cole has had a lukewarm season  so far and  on his last outing  at the Racers Grand Prix, he finished 5th in a time of 10 seconds flat.

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Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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