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T&T Olympian Ato Boldon Named Sports Illustrated’s Best Television Analyst of 2016

Ato Boldon denies alleged involvement in sex scandal with Australian legislator

ATO BOLDON WAS AWARDED BECAUSE OF HIS INSIGHTFUL AND EDUCATIONAL COMMENTARY DURING THE 2016 OLYMPICS HELD IN BRAZIL.

The successes of retired Trinidad and Tobago track star Ato Boldon have continued off the track.

Boldon, a four-time Olympic medallist and T&T’s most decorated track athlete of all time, has been named as one of the best television analysts of the year by Sports Illustrated.

The 42-year-old former sprinter, who celebrates his birthday on Friday, and NBC’s Roddy Gaines were named joint best television analysts of the year by Sports Illustrated when it announced its best and worst media awards for 2016.

Boldon was awarded because of his insightful and educational commentary during the 2016 Olympics held in Brazil.

According to Sports Illustrated, “Boldon educates track viewers through his preparation, and when you listen to him, you realize how rare it is to have a sports TV analyst make you a smarter viewer. The high point for me was when Boldon tipped Japan for a medal in the 4×100-metre men’s relay prior to that Olympic race.”

“This is a sleeper team,” Boldon had said. “They ran an Asian-record 37.68 in their heat, beating Jamaica, and they pass the baton better than anyone else in this field…Some teams practice for a month or a week. Japan has been practicing for the entire year.”

The Japan team finished second in a new Asian-record time of 37.60 seconds, just 0.33 behind Usain Bolt and his Jamaican teammates.

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ATO BOLDON (LEFT), NOVA PERIS (RIGHT)

Four-time Olympic medallist Ato Boldon says he intends pursuing legal action against an Australian based publication that claimed he was involved in an extra martial affair with that country’s first indigenous Olympic gold medallist.

Northern Territory (NT) News Tuesday published the story claiming that Boldon, 35, who resides in the United States, had the affair with Nova Peris, a government legislator, in 2010 and that she had handpicked him to conduct a 10-day training programme in Australia.

But in a statement posted on his Facebook page, Boldon described the report as a fabrication insisting that Peris “is a former training partner of mine and has been a friend for almost 20 years”.

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(CREDIT: FACEBOOK/ATO BOLDON)

He said the training programme in 2010 was for the purpose of holding several youth clinics and that it was a successful undertaking.

“The trip was co-organised by one of my now-deceased colleagues at Athletics Australia. I will be following the senator’s lead, including, but not limited to, pursuing all legal action possible for this malicious misrepresentation of the details surrounding my presence in Australia in 2010,” he said.

Boldon, who won his first international senior-level medal at the 1995 World Championships, said the NT report included “gross fabrications”.

Peris in a statement said “documents provided to the NT News are private. It appears they were not lawfully obtained by a third party. I cannot vouch for the veracity of emails I have not seen.”

But a spokesperson for the NT News said: “We stand by the story which deals with an issue of public importance, namely the alleged misuse of taxpayer funds. The emails, which we are satisfied are 100 per cent legitimate, were volunteered to the NT News by a credible source”.

 

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Comment by Faringyal on January 1, 2017 at 5:29pm
It's that Jamaican blood in him that mek him run so fast.
Comment by nick hemm on January 1, 2017 at 1:08pm
Big up Ato Boldon respect, I always admire you as a Caribbean person you set the bar for retired sports men and women. Keep it up nuff respect
Comment by Yahzequel Ben Israel on December 31, 2016 at 8:45pm
When you have that Jamaican blood in you its called still a '' WIN''
Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on October 31, 2014 at 7:56am

yeah him did a train her to ride pon him dick....

Comment by evolution on October 30, 2014 at 11:48pm

Those people were monitoring them and knew/suspected what was going on to have a newspaper write a story like that, that would be subject to a law suit if found fabricated.

Comment by Shaneece on October 30, 2014 at 6:31pm
And all this time I thought he was gay. Oh well. Good luck Ato.
Comment by GospelPan on October 30, 2014 at 3:02pm

Wow, this looks serious....I hope they have solid evidence otherwise they will have to pay. I hate to say it, but often when they publish stories like that, they are often prove to be true when all is said and done...I hope this is an exception.

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