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’.”


After convincingly crossing the semi-final hurdle on Wednesday night with an easy six-wicket victory against the Jamaica Scorpions, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are into the home stretch of the CG Insurance Super50 Cup and coach David Furlonge said the players are more focused than ever on ­crossing the finish line.

Cephas Cooper compiled his second half-century of the second Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board three-day trial match which ended yesterday at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva.

Cooper, a former West Indies Under-19 batsman, scored 73 off 130 balls yesterday, batting for just over three hours as the Yannic Cariah-led team reached 166 for four in their second innings.

Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday confirmed its third new multi-year broadcast rights agreement, this time with SuperSport securing the rights to West Indies cricket until the end of 2024 in sub-Saharan Africa. And CEO Johnny Grave claims the cash-strapped regional body has done some good business.

Justin Guy was in fine form at the South Plains College Indoor Invite #3 meet in Texas, USA, on Monday, stopping the clock at a personal best 7.94 seconds for gold in the men’s 60 metres hurdles. Guy was also on show on Sunday at the South Plains Indoor Invite #2 meet, claiming 60 hurdles bronze in 8.20.

Guy’s South Plains teammate, Camille Lewis was golden in the women’s high jump at the #3 meet, clearing the bar at 1.64 metres. She earned silver in the 600m race in one minute, 38.33 seconds. At the #2 meet, Lewis finished third in the 800m in 2:20.49 and fourth in the 1,000m in 3:22.37.

RIAD ABASALI won both matches as Survivors came from behind twice to edge D’Abadie Youths in the bottom-of-the-table clash in the second fixture of the second round of the inaugural Table Tennis Champions League Wednesday night in Endeavour.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) is partnering with the market network super app LUHU (Let Us Help U) to push sport in T&T towards digital transformation.

TTOC president Brian Lewis and LUHU co-founder Zwede Hewitt recently met to discuss the partnership. Hewitt told the Express he is excited about teaming up with the TTOC in the interest of local sport.