Dusard to step down after US Open
Nichola Dusard will relinquish his title of captain of Jamaica's combined martial arts team after next week's United States Open in Orlando, Florida, as he is set to pursue a master's degree at Trinidad and Tobago's St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies.
Among Dusard's assignments will be the International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) Tri-Nation Gold Cup against Russia and New Zealand as well as the open team division at the July 7-9 event.
"I am hoping to leave on a winning note as captain. I am stepping down to study in Trinidad," said Dusard, who led the combined team to the Gold Cup title in Orlando, 2013, his first year as captain. He followed up by anchoring Jamaica to an historic International Taekwon-Do Federation World Cup team-fighting gold medal on home soil, Montego Bay, in 2014.
The much-decorated fighter won ITF Pan Am Championships gold in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last month, landing the light heavyweight crown - his fourth individual Pan Am Champs title.
A 55-member group of martial artists drawn from tae kwon do and at least four karate schools - Zendo, Seido, Ningen, and Rising Sun - will represent Jamaica at the US Open, the biggest martial arts tournament in the world.
Jamaica reaped a record 88 medals in 2015, winning 33 gold, 22 silver and 33 bronze. Adult black belts from Jamaica's combined martial arts team, comprising Kingston Taekwon-Do, Ningen, Rising Sun and Seido karate, won seven gold, four silver and three bronze.
Ningen's Scott Wright was Jamaica's star performer with three gold medals. Subrina Richards, reigning ISKA world champion in points and continuous sparring, will be defending her -129lb clash-sparring title at the Open.
Jamaica's Ackeem Lawrence will face Canadian former world champion Maxime Bujold in the Night of Champions tae kwon do match, which will be broadcast live by ESPN on July 9.