Reiss ready to chase Rio dream with Jamaica

REISS BECKFORD’S dream of competing at the Rio Olympics could take a huge step forward next week.

And that is because on February 27 the FIG, the governing body of gymnastics, will decide if the South Essex star can compete for Jamaica.

Beckford, 22, who has previously represented Great Britain, qualifies for Jamaica through his family and wants to represent them in Brazil next year.

If the move it sanctioned, Beckford could compete for Jamaica at World Cup meets in Portugal and Bulgaria in May, and at the World Championships in Glasgow in October.

That would open up a chance of qualifying for Rio 2016 and leave Beckford well placed to work towards the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

Scott Hann, South Essex’s director of coaching, said: “I think this was the right decision for Reiss and will give him the chance to compete against the best in the world.

“He is a very solid all-around gymnast and we are optimistic he will get the right decision from the FIG committee this month.”

Beckford has been helping to fund his Jamaica dream by working as a coach but he needs to find sponsorship to help him along the way.

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