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Can Jamaica’s Sprinters Fight Crime?

Posted on: August 21, 2008

A growing number of Jamaican citizens and officials, in fact, are
counting on their world-conquering young sprinters — none of whom has
failed a drug test, and who often speak out against the gunplay at home
— to supplant self-styled “roughneck” singers as role models, and help
reduce the country’s horrific levels of violent crime. “These athletes
can speak to the young people in our more troubled communities,
especially since many of them come from those communities,” says
Jamaican sports writer Carole Beckford, author of Keeping Jamaica’s Sport on Track. “We can’t wait for them to come home as a result.”

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