Colin Jackson claimed he was deprived cricket career due to racism: ‘I was scarred’

Colin Jackson speaks candidly about his sexuality

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

Colin appears on Question of Sport tonight at 7:30 on BBC One. The world record breaking hurdler will be on a team with England footballer Kelly Smith. Also on the show is three-time Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Ed Clancy, and European Champion swimmer Jazz Carlin.

This year, the BBC’s long-running sports quiz show revamped its lineup with Paddy McGuinness taking the reins as presenter while Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey player Sam Quek and former England rugby star Ugo Monye are team captains.

Colin is one of Britain’s greatest ever athletes, having won an Olympic silver medal and becoming a world champion twice, while the Welshman notoriously went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years.

His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110 metre hurdles stood for over a decade while his 60 metre hurdles world record was unbeaten for nearly 27 years.

However, the athletics icon once claimed  that he could have been a cricket all-rounder but claimed he wasn’t picked for teams because of racial discrimination.

Read More:Hamilton is being helped by ‘Mercedes spies’ in Verstappen battle

The athlete made the claim last June in the wake of the global Black Lives Matter movement, which gained international attention upon the murder of George Floyd by US police officer Derek Chauvin. 

However, his claims carry particular weight this week amid a Yorkshire Cricket racism row, after cricketer Azeem Rafiq claimed on Twitter that he had faced racist abuse from teammates due to “institutional racism” and “abject failures to act” in the wider game.”

A day earlier former England cricketer Gary Ballance said he regretted using a racist slur against Rafiq.

Colin, who was supporting the ‘500 Word: Black Lives Matter’ competition designed to inspire young aspiring writers, was asked what he would have written in an essay on childhood racism. 

He relayed an incident in his early sporting life, while growing up in Cardiff, that forced him to swap cricket for track-and-field.

Speaking to Sun Sport, the 54-year-old said: “I was scarred [by racism] when I was younger. 

“I suffered it when I wasn’t selected for teams and I felt it was because of the colour of my skin. 

“I was 13 years old. It’s pretty obvious if you’re the captain of the school’s cricket team and five of you are going for the Welsh national trials.

Read More:
Monty Panesar slams Yorkshire cricket club racial slur ‘banter’ ruling[INSIGHT]
Cricketer celebrates a milestone birthday[ANALYSIS]

Sajid Javid erupts at Yorkshire CCC racism report[OPINION]

“They selected four of us and left one out, and that one was me.”

Colin added: “I accepted that was the reason why. 

“It’s the first time I had experienced racism in a sporting context. It was a shock.

“That’s why I chose athletics. If I crossed the line first, then I knew I’d be going on the team. 

“In athletics, you’ve always seen black people perform at the highest level. 

“It was a safe place to be. You were only judged on your performances.”

Rafiq, who played for Yorkshire County Cricket Club in two spells between 2008 and 2018, accused the club of “institutional racism” more than a year ago.

His allegations against the club have gathered momentum in recent days after several sponsors announced they are cutting ties with Yorkshire. 

Senior politicians have also called for action, with Rafiq due to give evidence at a select committee hearing in Parliament this month.

Watch Question of Sport tonight at 7:30 on BBC One.

Source: Read Full Article