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FLOW'S Sinclair backs universal access to Games

Published:Saturday | August 6, 2016 | 8:00 AMDania Bogle
Garry Sinclair, FLOW's managing director.

Jamaicans are often so focused on the sport of track and field during the Olympics that it is sometimes easy to forget that the Games features an array of sports.

Managing director of FLOW Jamaica, Garry Sinclair, hasn't forgotten and in fact when he visits Rio de Janeiro for this summer's Games, is planning to do more than watch athletics.

The other sports he wants to catch a glimpse of, he told The Gleaner, are football, basketball, tennis, golf, and boxing.

Sinclair is especially eager to catch Brazilian star Neymar during the football tournament.

"I think when people lace up for their country the level of competition on display will be very, very high, so regardless of who shows up, competition will be extremely high. Neymar is obviously an incredible talent and Brazil is my favourite team outside of the Reggae Boyz," Sinclair said.

really motivated

In fact, this will not be Sinclair's first visit to Brazil. He was there two years ago to watch the FIFA World Cup. He has also been to several IAAF World Championships in Athletics but this will be his first Olympic Games, which he is looking forward to.

"I'm really motivated to go; just to get back to Brazil. I think Brazil is an incredible country. It's like Jamaica but Jamaica on steroids. It's a much bigger country but like us, a lot of interracial types and as a coastal country by and large many of the big cities are on the coast so it's very relaxed," he said.

looking forward

The Games have been hit by a number of withdrawals from a variety of sports for various reasons. However, this hasn't, in Sinclair's mind, put any damper on the event.

"Golf has been hit the most by withdrawals but I believe the quality of the golf will be excellent (because) when you put on the colours of your country it brings out the best," he said, adding of his interest to see Canadian Open winner Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela.

"He's a good young player and I'm looking forward to all the other golfers and I'd love to get a Venus (Williams) match in. Obviously on the track I'm a Jamaica fanatic and all the Jamaicans I want to see them live and up close."

FLOW is a major sponsor of Jamaica's team to the Olympic Games and is also a rights holder of video rights for the Caribbean for the event.

The telecommunications company recently launched its FlowRio16Extra mobile app which will allow customers to view the games on three separate platforms during the Olympics.

"We are not only be able to bring on cable TV platform but also three additional linear channels and every Olympic televised event will be on one of the three linear channels that we will be adding to the line up.

"The app will give access to every Olympic event and the coverage you want we will be carrying all the time."

Sinclair was excited that the new feature will allow Jamaicans to experience not only events featuring Jamaicans, but any sport they wish to watch during the Olympic Games.

"So you can't miss any event you want to watch. We believe that access to the Olympic Games ought to be universal to the Jamaican people. Not just our events we think the spectacle ought to as many Jamaicans as possible," he said.