Olympic dream of Ruston athlete in jeopardy

KNOE Sports

(KNOE 8 Sports) - Despite qualifying for the Olympics with the second-best discus throw in the world last year, former Louisiana Tech track and field standout Jason Morgan has been left off the Jamaican Olympic team.

"Just imagine taking that first throw, walking into that ring, it seems like a dream come true," Morgan said.

But now, that dream may be in jeopardy.

"It's an outrage," Morgan said. "It's a disappointment of my family, friends and fans all over the world. There's no reason for me not to be on that team."

Having already met the Olympic qualifying mark, Morgan said he was told he was in this summer's games in Rio de Janeiro. However, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association countered that since Morgan did not finish in the top three in the country's Olympic National Games, he was not guaranteed a spot.

The 2012 Olympian believes some candid comments from him in the past may have landed him in hot water with the country's movers and shakers.

"It has to do with (a personal) past situation of me talking out for the athletes saying we need more support from the association," Morgan said. "We need more help and assistance."

To make matters worse, Morgan said he still had not heard from the JAAA.

"I didn't even get a call," Morgan said. "I didn't get a call saying I'm not on the team, it's a list that came out. I've tried to reach out to them, but no reply."

The 34-year-old athlete is hungry to compete and wave the Northeast Louisiana banner in addition to Jamaica's flag.

"This is my home away from home" Morgan said of living in Ruston. "This is where I have been living since 2004 when I enrolled at Louisiana Tech. This is my home. When I represent anywhere in the world when I'm wearing a Jamaica jersey, I'm representing Louisiana all the way."

Time is not on Morgan's side with the Olympic Opening Ceremonies taking place in 24 days, but he his hopeful his please will not go unheard,"

"I would say, you know, how loyal I have been to Jamaica," Morgan said. "I've been representing to the best of my ability. I'm asking you please do not snatch this dream away from me."