Kwakye happy with 'plastic' captain

23 March 2012 / 08:54

Britain's top female 100 metre sprinter Jeanette Kwakye insists she would be happy for America-born Tiffany Porter to lead the UK athletics team at London 2012.

The decision by head coach Charles van Commenee to give Porter, a dual national who competed for the United States as a junior, the captaincy for the World Indoor Championships caused outrage in some quarters.

When asked to sing the British national anthem at a press conference she escalated the 'Plastic Brits' row by refusing, although she claimed she did know the words.

And Kwakye, who finished sixth in the Olympic 100m final four years ago, insists sprint hurdler Porter is a valued member of Team GB.

"The fuss over Tiffany's captaincy was a farce. People went on about it, but it was ridiculous," the 29-year-old said.

"I heard she was a fantastic captain and I'd be more than happy to take words of advice from her because she's a great athlete and has already won two medals for us.

"She doesn't think anything of the fuss either. And I've heard her sing the national anthem, she just didn't want to do it in a room full of people!

"What Tiffany has done happens in all sports and I don't see the problem with it. If you have a British passport you should be able to compete here. We have some amazing athletes who weren't born here but who compete for us at the highest level and win medals.

"There's a big fuss over it because the Games are at home, but athletes have been doing this for years, before Beijing, now and they'll continue to do it after London 2012.

"It's something that's become a story for no apparent reason."

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