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The leader of Cayman swimming explains the association’s stance on its athletes going to the Olympics after Cayman Islands Olympic Committee President Donald McLean said the association did everything it could to prevent Geoffrey and Lara Butler from going to Rio 2016.
Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association President Michael Lockwood told Cayman 27 CIASA’s policy is about:
“… developing athletes to be the best they can if they want to qualify, with a view to win a medal instead of just participating. We’ve proven our swimmers can qualify and that they can compete and we want more swimmers to be in that position.
“That’s what our focus is — to develop them from the ground up in order to reach their full potential. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.
“We in Cayman are a small federation and there’s no shame in not having a qualifier in any particular year.”
The Butler’s were selected to go to Rio
through the Olympic Universality Programme, aimed at helping smaller countries get more athletes to the Olympics even if they don’t meet qualifying standards.