Dusard hospitalised with injured shoulder
Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's combined martial arts team captain, Nicholas Dusard, has been hospitalised since Sunday after aggravating a shoulder injury during a pick-up football match.
Dusard, who led Jamaica to a historic team-sparring gold medal at August's International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Cup in Montego Bay, was out of competition and due to undergo surgery on the same shoulder, which has hobbled him for the last three years.
The Jamaica captain has dislocated the troubled shoulder on more than one occasion, especially during bouts at the World Cup and last year's ITF World Championships in Benidorm, Spain, forcing his coaches to push it back into place for him to complete matches.
Jason McKay, manager of Jamaica's combined martial arts team, said the fighter was resting after being treated with medication as he was experiencing excruciating pain.
"It was quite scary when he got injured as we all remembered what had happened to possibly our best Olympic prospect, Oshane Murray, who is now wheelchair bound after a cheerleading accident at University of Technology some years ago.
"Nicholas is looking to lead Jamaica's charge at next May's World Championships and we had decided surgery would be best, giving him time to recuperate, so we were quite frightened by this injury.
"However, he has been treated and reacting well to his medication so we're hoping for the best," McKay added.