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Olympic pins

Published:Monday | August 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM

One of the biggest traditions at Olympic Games is the trading of pins. They can be seen everywhere.

Athletes walk around with them, volunteers and journalists wear them on their lanyards - little keepsakes representing different Games and nations - some more in demand than others.

You can imagine that a Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) pin is among the most sought-after items around these parts. You can hardly walk without someone running up to you and asking for a pin, while offering you one of their own.

I've never been too much of a fan. In all my experience at the Olympics, I probably owned one pin. Also, unlike other nations, the JOA hardly makes an effort to get pins to the Jamaicans here - well, certainly, not the Jamaican journalists anyway.

That doesn't stop me from messing around and having some fun with people through.

"Hey Jamaica, can I have a pin?"

"BlackBerry pin?"

"Olympic pin?"

"What's in it for me?"

"I give you three pins for one."

I could probably pay my way around Rio if I had enough Jamaica pins.

I did find something rather funny about the Olympic pins, though.

No matter which country's flag is at the front, the back always seems to read 'Made in China'.

- A.L.