Veteran sprinter Kim Collins is aiming to set records should he qualify to represent St Kitts at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer.Should he make the team, it would be his sixth Olympic Games, but that is not the record he is aiming for.Collins says he would be going to Rio to do something no other man his age has ever done.The sprinter turns 40 years old in April, and has for the past few years defied time and convention by running faster as he has aged. In 2014 at age 38, Collins who is based in Jamaica, ran a personal best and age group record for men 35 and over, 9.96 seconds in London, almost a full tenth of a second faster than the 10.07 seconds he ran to win World Championship gold in Paris, France 13 years ago. In Rio, he wants to be faster.”I think it would be an amazing achievement to just have been to six Olympics,” said Collins. “First of all, I want to make the team, but for me personally I am looking to run under 10 at 40. That is my main goal and then whatever else happens, if I go out in the first round or whatever I would be happy with that because not everybody can hold up as a sprinter.”The 13-year-old age-group record for 40-year-old men is 10.29 seconds and is held by Troy Douglas of The Netherlands.CUTTING BACKTo ensure that his body holds up this year, Collins, who is coached by his Jamaican wife, Paula plans to cut back on his indoor season.”Last year, I had nine races. This year, we will have five including Dusseldorf, Berlin, Karlsruhe, Stockholm and Glasgow and then World Indoors,” he said.With the reduced schedule, Collins believes he will have enough left in the tank for that big push towards his goal for Rio.”I think I have it in me, based on where I am now I think I can go,” said Collins, who explained that he believed he could have achieved that goal in Beijing at the IAAF World Champions last August. “I got a little distracted after indoors last year and it threw everything off and I lost focus.”He concluded that at his age he is not trying to keep pace with the younger generation.”I am not trying to keep up with them. I am trying to run wey lef’ dem,” he said with a laugh.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has dedicated and turned over to the Government of Liberia a “One Stop Center” in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The facilities, which were handed to the Ministry of Health (MOH), are part of the mechanisms to provide support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Liberia.The One Stop Center, which is in Buchanan City, was constructed by a local organization, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK). This brings to 12 the number of One Stop Centers in the country. Five of the centers are in Montserrado County, with one in Buchanan and other parts of the country.The official turning over of the center was held over the weekend at the Government Hospital in Buchanan.The ceremony brought together several high profile individuals including Gender Minister Julia Ducan Cassell, a representative of the Women and Children Protection Division of the Liberia National Police, the Grand Bassa County Health Officer and partners, among others.The Country Representative of UNFPA, Dr. Oluremi Sogunro, said shaming and disgracing the perpetrators of rape and other sexual-related cases were some of the ways to contain the rampant acts of rape in the country.“We have a serious challenge in Liberia; we need to be spending money on development activities and not fighting or constructing places for gender-based violence issues. We want to be spending money on educating the youth and other development activities across Liberia,” Dr. Sogunro said as he dedicated the center.He noted that the answer to addressing rape and other gender-related cases in Liberia are within the communities. He believes that with the participation of chiefs, elders, as well as mothers and other members of the family, the country will be freed of what he termed as “cruelty situations”, which continues to increase, citing reports from those involved with handling rape cases across the country.Deputy Minister for Gender, Sieana Abdul-Baki believes the Center will help to alleviate the alarming rate of rape cases and provide the opportunity to address the situation.Mrs. Abdul-Baki, after she officially launched the center, hailed UNFPA, THINK and MOH for establishing the Center in Grand Bassa County.She urged the residents, including gender-based violence actors, to fully utilize the facility by providing the requisite services.“We are aware that the One Stop Center will provide services like medical, psycho-social counseling, protection of survivors and legal services,” she stated.She reported that last year, the Ministry obtained 1,139 cases, with 657 being children below 18 years.The One Stop Centers in the various counties are now helping MOH, UNFPA, Gender Ministry and other partners to collect data on gender-based violence issues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)