THIS IS IT: On Saturday, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was among the Olympic hopefuls who had a brief chat with Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh (right), who was leading a tour of the Athletes’ Village at the 2012 Summer Games in London. Don Anderson, Chef de Mission of Jamaica’s contingent, was also on hand for the light exchange. Powell, meantime, has been itching to hit the track to kick-start his bid for a medal in the Men’s 100M. Feeling superfit and injury-free, Powell says he’s confident of his chances this weekend. “I know I have what it takes to go out there and put in on the track,” he says, “and a lot of guys will eat my dust.”
LOST IN TRANSMISSION: Viewers who were looking forward to the usual solid and thorough Olympics coverage for which TV J has earned kudos in the past will be disappointed to learn that “the nation station” doesn’t have the goods to deliver this go-round. Addressing concerns during Tuesday afternoon’s Pure Gold discussion segment, Gary Allen (Managing Director of the RJR Group) noted that, in a nutshell, TV J was unable to secure the IOC broadcast rights for Jamaica. “CVM bought the exclusive television rights and we did approach them to ask if they’d share the rights, and they said no.” So the next best thing, he says, involves providing viewers with as much in-depth discussions and analysis as possible.