500 Days to Tokyo 2020 - A look back at some of the Caribbean's memorable moments

By George Davis, Leighton Levy and Lance Whittaker March 12, 2019

SportsMax will provide wire to wire coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  Today officially marks 500 games to the big event. 

To kick things off we take a look at the historic exploits of the Jamaica duo of Authur Wint and Herb McKenley along with T&T javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott.

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    Hackers targeted LaLiga giants Barcelona and the Olympic Games movement on Saturday as their Twitter accounts were attacked.

    The OurMine group posted messages on multiple accounts belonging to Barcelona and the International Olympic Committee.

    Barcelona have accounts in several languages and relating to various aspects of the club, including their La Masia youth academy, and all appeared to have been hacked.

    The hacking incident came soon after Barca beat Getafe to join Real Madrid on 52 points at the top of LaLiga.

    Each account sent out the message: "Hi, we are OurMine. Well, this is the second time, the security level is better but still not the best to improve your accounts security."

    The OurMine group previously hacked Barcelona's Twitter in 2017, falsely claiming the club would be signing Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain.

    Barcelona acknowledged the latest cybersecurity breach after taking back control of their accounts, posting: "FC Barcelona's Twitter accounts have been hacked, which is why messages from outside our club have appeared, and which have been reported and deleted. The tweets were made through a third-party tool for data analytics.

    "FC Barcelona will conduct a cybersecurity audit and will review all protocols and links with third party tools, in order to avoid such incidents and to guarantee the best service to our members and fans. We apologise for any inconvenience this situation may have caused."

    The Olympic Games accounts were similarly attacked.

    Messages from OurMine were posted across its official accounts, including those for the Olympics, Athlete365 and IOC Media, before being deleted.

    The hacker group has previously targeted such organisations as WikiLeaks, Real Madrid, the NFL and its teams, Facebook, Instagram and the New York Times.

  • Zion Williamson wants to represent USA at future Olympics Zion Williamson wants to represent USA at future Olympics

    Zion Williamson has expressed an interest in representing the United States at an Olympics, having been left off the country's preliminary roster for the Tokyo Games.

    The USA, who have won gold at the last three Olympics, announced their 44-man list for the 2020 Games earlier this week, with LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard among the star names included.

    However, there is no place for 19-year-old rookie sensation Williamson, while other impressive youngsters like Trae Young and Ja Morant have also been overlooked.

    New Orleans Pelicans forward Williamson has poured in at least 20 points in eight of his first 10 NBA games - a feat last achieved by the great Michael Jordan when he was a rookie - and the teenager revealed he is keen to play for USA down the line.

    "That is something I would definitely want to do in the future," he told reporters.

    "I think there's nothing better than representing your country."

    Williamson was speaking ahead of the NBA's All-Star weekend, when he will represent Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge.

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Morant, the current Rookie of the Year forerunner, and the Atlanta Hawks' sophomore Young are also on a team that will face a world side that has Luka Doncic and RJ Barrett on its roster.

    "It's an honour to be here in my first year, despite being 10 games in," added Williamson, who missed the first three months of the season due to a knee injury.

    The first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft was also asked which of the game's greats he tries to emulate when he was on the court.

    "I don't try to emulate any of them. I just try to bring my own style to the game," he replied.

    "I watched a lot of [Michael] Jordan, [Larry] Bird and Magic [Johnson] clips."

  • Bolt throws cold water on NFL star’s Olympic ‘dreams’ Bolt throws cold water on NFL star’s Olympic ‘dreams’

    Former sprinter and Jamaica’s most decorated male sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt, has added his take on whether Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, can make the U.S. Olympic team as a sprinter.

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