Jereem Richards

JEREEM AND HIS LADY: File photo from August 16 2017 shows national sprinter Jereem Richards displaying his IAAF World Championship medals with his girlfriend Kayja Thomson, at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport. 

Jereem “The Dream” Richards returns to the United States today to continue his preparations for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Richards arrived in Trinidad and Tobago on March 6. Never in his wildest dreams could he have imagined he would still be here seven months later. But Covid-19 has challenged us all in many ways, not least of all what our minds are capable of conceiving.

With T&T’s borders closed in response to the global pandemic, Richards was trapped at home, going through the entire 2020 track and field season without an outdoor performance to his name. “I’m definitely disappointed I was not able to compete,” the Point Fortin sprinter told the Express.

The 2020 Olympic Games, originally scheduled for July/August this year, had been pushed back 12 months. Richards, though, kept his eyes on the prize. “I’ve already started my 2021 Olympic preparations.”

The seven-plus months at home, however, have not only been about track and field. On September 20, Richards got married to former athlete, Kayja Thomson.

“She’s now Kayja Richards,” said the reigning Commonwealth Games men’s 200 metres champion. “She’s from south. Being married to my beautiful wife adds a new meaning and focus to my life as an athlete but also as a husband. Some of the biggest benefits of my time being home were being able to start setting up my life for this new journey of being a husband and being a young adult.”

While at home, Richards used his off-track talent to develop Athletic Excellence Trading Cards. The 26-year-old designed more than 80 cards, highlighting the achievements of T&T’s best athletes—past and present. The cards feature digital cartoon character images of the athletes.

Additionally, Richards teamed up with 2013 men’s 400m hurdles world champion Jehue Gordon and retired national athletes Jamaal James and Zwede Hewitt to launch a new online series, “Athlete Talks”.

To date, there have been ten episodes of the show The Sprint Legend Edition, featuring quadruple Olympic medallist and 1997 200m world champion Ato Boldon, was the most popular episode, attracting more than 10,000 viewers.

“I’m definitely happy with the things I was able to do while home,” said Richards. “From getting married to reconnecting with family and friends in such a hard time, and also having the time to start Athletic Excellence Trading Cards and being a part of ‘Athlete Talks’.”


GABRIELLA WOOD expressed her elation at becoming the first female judoka from Trinidad and Tobago to have qualified for an Olympic Games.

The Scotland-based Wood’s name was among those listed on the International Judo Federation’s published official list of athletes who have qualified for next month’s re-scheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Having seen his side swept 2-0 by South Africa in the just-completed Test series, West Indies coach Phil Simmons has admitted that they have some problems to solve ahead of the next series against Pakistan.

On Monday, Kraigg Brathwaite’s side lost inside four days by 158 runs at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia, after having been beaten in the first Test by an innings and 63 runs at the same venue.

The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has congratulated West Indies cricket legend Gordon Greenidge on his knighthood.

The former opening batsman from Barbados has been officially made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) last Friday.

Yesterday, WIPA via a release sent “heartfelt congratulations” to Sir Gordon Greenidge on “this distinguished honour.”

Trinidad and Tobago winger Kevin Molino returned from injury with a 20-minute run when making his debut with the defending United States-based MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew last Saturday.

THE Trinidad and Tobago Under-14 tennis players are currently training in Florida, USA, for two leading junior tournaments.

The four boys and four girls will travel to Guatemala tomorrow to compete in the leading junior tournament in the Central American and Caribbean Confederation (COTECC).

West Indies started the fourth morning of the second Test against South Africa full of hope that they could chase down their victory target of 324, but any chance of pulling off such an unlikely win disintegrated in the final 30 minutes before lunch.