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Hypolite joins ESPN Caribbean’s coverage of Rio 2016

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Olympic coach and sport medicine physician Dr Ian Hypolite has joined ESPN to provide studio analysis during the track and field events, as part of the network's extensive presentation of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

He will work alongside ESPN's diverse on-air team of experts and Olympians that will lead the network's coverage including ESPN FC and ESPNcricinfo commentator Alexis Nunes and England Women's Cricket World Cup champion Isa Guha, the official hosts of Rio 2016. Former steeplechase British athlete Jo Ankier joins as on site reporter with the commentary of Jamaica's Olympic 200 metres medallist Grace Jackson; Dominican Republic's Olympic gold medallist Felix Sanchez; TV commentator and Olympic champion Dwight Stones; former Olympic swimmer Janelle Atkinson of Jamaica; ESPN's football expert and former goalkeeper Shaka Hislop; and renowned ESPN analyst, Bernardo Osuna.

In a release yesterday, ESPN Caribbean said Dr Hypolite brings vast Olympic experience to the network's coverage. He served the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee as medical practitioner during the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004 and was head coach to the country's successful London 2012 track and field team. He also served as the organisation's vice president from 2005 to 2013.

Personal coach to Jehue Gordon (World champion 2013, World Junior Champion 2010 and 2012 Olympic finalist) and former coach to two-time Olympic medalist Emmanuel Callender, Dr Hypolite was named the North American, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) coach of the year in 2013. Additionally, he has served as assistant manager of track and field at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and Chef de Mission at the 2006 CAC Games; the 2011 Pan American Games; and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Dr. Hypolite graduated from St. Mary's College and the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) with a bachelor's degree in Medicine and Surgery and postgraduate degree in Psychiatry.

The network will present more than 200 hours of exclusive content of Rio 2016.