Winter Olympics: Jamaica's two-man bobsleigh team qualify for Sochi
Last Updated: 21/01/14 4:12pm
Jamaica will be represented at the Winter Olympics in Sochi
The Jamaican bobsleigh team will compete at the Winter Olympics in Sochi following a 12-year absence.
They have qualified for the two-man competition and Jamaican Chef de Mission and four-time Olympic bobsleigh team member Nelson Stokes is convinced they will be able to compete despite major funding concerns.
Winston Watts will pilot the team at the age of 47 and will be joined by 30-year-old brake-man Marvin Dixon.
Their participation will bring back memories of the Jamaican four-man team's debut in Calgary in 1988, which later inspired the film 'Cool Runnings'.
"I can confirm that we have qualified a team for Sochi and it means a great deal that we are able to return to Olympic competition after a few years of missing out," said Stokes.
"There is still great enthusiasm for bobsleigh in Jamaica and we are making great progress with our funding. We will definitely be in a position to take part in the Games."
Despite their successful battle to qualify, the team has struggled to raise the estimated £50,000 required to fund the trip to Russia.
"It is difficult for us to build a grass-roots programme because bobsleigh is still very much seen as an Olympic sport," added Stokes.
"But we are hoping that by returning to the Olympics in Sochi we will once again build up the momentum which will enable us to go on and challenge for medals in the future."