Jamaica's bobsled coach quits - and she wants her sled back

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 TRIO Coach Sandra Kiriasis with Jazmine Fenlator Victorian and Carrie Russell

"Sandra Kiriasis has elected not to continue her position with Jamaica Bobsleigh", said the Jamaican Bobsled Federation (JBSF).

Her change in role, according to the BBC, would have meant no access to the athletes competing.

"After some distorted facts have appeared in the media concerning my departure as coach of the Jamaican ladies bobsleigh team, I would like to put some things straight", Kiriasis said in a statement on her Facebook page.

German Sandra Kiriasis, an ex-Olympic champion, claims she was forced out when her role was changed, and that she is legally responsible for the sled.

According to BBC Sport, Kiriasis owns Jamaica's sled, meaning the Jamaican women may not have the equipment needed to compete.

Kiriasis, 43, said she'd "supported the team far beyond the call of duty at all times" by securing sponsorship, equipment and the rented bobsled ― but she could not "accept to be treated the way I have been treated".

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We Launch has created a new identity for Jamaica's national bobsleigh and skeleton teams, following the recent merger of the two sports under a single organisation.

The debut woulc come 30 years after the Jamaican men's team made their debut at the Calgary games.

The sled situation is now up in the air despite the Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation denying that the team will be forced to pull out of the event. The sled threat may jeopardize Russell and Fenlator-Victorian's shot at becoming the Caribbean island's first Olympic female bobsledders. They pay attention when Jamaica takes the hill.

Kiriasis appears to have refused, and a statement has been released by the team to confirm her exit just days ahead of the Olympic competition. "Ms. Kiriasis' departure will not impact JBSF or its athletes' performance in the [Pyeongchang Winter Games]".

"A lot of people know of bobsleigh because of the movie Cool Runnings and Jamaica making that launch in 1988 and really pushing bobsleigh with their popularity", Fenlator-Victorian said. "There are no gods and goddesses here", he added.

"Now that she is off the team, synergy is much better, tension is down and athletes are now able to focus in a much healthier environment".

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