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McKay, Dussard for CanAm Open

Published:Friday | June 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer

Veteran fighter Jason McKay and Nicholas Dussard are scheduled to compete in tomorrow's CanAm Open in Philadelphia, their second trip to the tri-state area in two weeks after Jamaica dominated the Philadelphia Taekwon-Do International on May 19.

Dussard won gold at the CanAm Open last year, and McKay secured a bronze. Lightweight Dussard is favourite to defend his title and maintain his good form as he hunts a third gold on the United States circuit this season.

Aiming to sweep the United States International Taekwon-Do Federation circuit by landing four gold medals this year, Dussard told The Gleaner he is dedicating the feat to Jamaica's 50th year of Independence celebrations.

Though Jamaica Taekwon-Do is predicting another victory for Dussard, other local martial arts sources have indicated he might be in for a surprise against unknown fighters out of Canada, who are renowned for using technology in their preparations by acquiring tapes and watching YouTube shots of their rivals.

Meanwhile, veteran McKay could lose a race to be fit in time for tomorrow's bout, as he is badly bruised from his bout at the Philadelphia Open.

Checks with the combined martial arts team's medic, Ina Daley, confirmed that McKay has contusions on his right leg, ankle and knee, and is unlikely to be in fighting condition by tomorrow.

"The swelling is going down, but it takes a few days," Daley said on Monday.

"He won't be optimal for Saturday, but I wouldn't say he can't compete. I will try my best, hopefully, try to see him every day. We're working to speed up the recovery."

McKay, however, said "all arrangements" have already been made and he intends to take the mat.

"I am already billed to perform, so I have every intention to compete," he said.