Dominica to be represented by Lafond & Luke at Tokyo Olympics

The Dominica Olympic Committee has confirmed that two athletes, one male and one female, would represent the Commonwealth of Dominica at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The island would compete in the sport of Athletics with its two athletes who are - Ms Thea Lafond and Mr Dennick Luke.

Dominica: The Dominica Olympic Committee has confirmed that two athletes, one male and one female, would represent the Commonwealth of Dominica at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The island would compete in the sport of Athletics with its two athletes who are – Ms Thea Lafond and Mr Dennick Luke.

Ms Thea Lafond hails from the community of Mahaut. She is based in the USA, securing qualification in the discipline of Triple Jump with a personal best of 14.33 meters in February 2020. She is currently ranked number 12 globally among her fellow Triple Jump competitors and would be the first female Dominican athlete to compete in two consecutive Olympic Games.

Mr Dennick Luke hails from Portsmouth and is currently completing his tertiary education in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. He has also secured a universality placement in the discipline of 800m.

The Dominica team would be led by Chef de Mission and Covid Liaison Officer Mr Woody Lawrence, accompanied by – Coach Aaron Gadson, Press Attaché – Garvin Richards and Physiotherapist – Kala Flagg. Mr Billy Doctrove, President of the Dominica Olympic Committee and Mr Brendan Williams, the current Athlete Representative and Acting Secretary general at the Olympic Games, would also accompany the team.

Dominica Olympic Committee further congratulated the athletes and the whole team and wished them luck for the Tokyo Olympics.

The committee stated, “Despite the restrictions that may be in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic that may prohibit the loud, verbal support we would like to give at the Athletics arena, we would like to assure Thea and Dennick that not only the Dominica Olympic Committee but the entire country, will be supporting you as you step onto the biggest Athletics stage.”

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 were earlier postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 mutant. The Olympic Games has commenced with an Opening Ceremony on July 23 and would officially end on August 8 2021. Both athletes are expected to compete in the first round of their events on July 31, 2021.