By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 13, 2018: Jamaica Olympic medalist, Warren Weir, is switching careers. Well sort of! The runner has won selection for the Jamaica rugby sevens squad and will make his debut at the upcoming Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.
Weir, who took bronze in the 200m at London 2012 behind compatriots Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, has set his sights on helping Jamaica to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and to reach the podium.
The 28-year-old sprinter reportedly took up rugby after picking up a hamstring injury at the Commonwealth Games in Australia this April. Jamaica face France in the first round of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco on July 20th.
Qualification for the rugby sevens tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games was determined by the top four places on the 2014-15 World Series standings, then by regional qualifying tournaments and finally by a separate repechage competition to determine the final place.