‘We are concerned’ – Burrell says JFF desperately needs cash to pay Schäfer

first_imgWinfried Schäfer, Jamaica senior men’s national football team head coach, is yet to receive his salary for the month of November. Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said up to Friday, the tactician had not been paid and that the federation was seeking funds to fulfil its obligation. “As it relates to Coach Schäfer’s salary, we have not yet paid Coach Schäfer,” Burrell said bluntly. “This is the first time we have not been able to pay, and such a long time over. He was due on the 25th (November) and we are not seeing the payment in December. “We have not paid him for the month of November and we are concerned. He is not a happy man. He needs to get his funds and we are hoping that this situation will be resolved shortly,” he said. He said the federation has been working around the clock trying to secure the funds needed to compensate Schäfer, but remains confident its calls will be answered. “We are in need of sponsorship support because the financial burden on the federation is extremely heavy. It is a very challenging period for the federation, but we will do our endeavour to make it work,” he added, noting that it has 11 teams to finance, several of which have been travelling for competition recently. OPTIMISTIC FOR SUPPORT “Sponsors we have talked to, many have said that in their new budget year in March, but I am optimistic that closer to the time, we will get some support. We are trying our very best, working around the clock and doing our endeavour best to see the type of support that we are able to garner to help. “But it is a challenging time and we welcome all the help we can get, because when glory comes, it doesn’t come just to the JFF it comes to the entire nation,” he added. Burrell said it was a very active year for national teams, of both genders, at the various age groups and travelling and accommodation for these competitions proved very costly. “I have to be frank. There is no other sport where so many young people are involved at the national level. We had 11 national teams that participated in competitions (this year). Others (sporting bodies) have one or two national teams. We had 11, with some 35 people travelling at each time, as you must have a full team, doctors, physios, equipment people, and that is what makes the difference with these delegations, and the cost of travel and hotel accommodation amounts to millions of dollars,” he explained. “The nation has to realise that our nation’s football is women and men. Not so long ago, we had to abandon the female programme in order to stay alive because of the finances, and that is the last thing I would want to do. Our women deserve an equal chance and we certainly are not looking to cut our women’s programme. Our ladies deserve the opportunity to display their talent the same way our men do,” he said.last_img read more

Foster’s Fairplay: Maintain the spirit

first_imgThe pleasant aroma of a Jamaican high school boasting its own synthetic track still hovers. Three weeks ago, the Calabar High School family was so blessed, kicking off by hosting a track and field meet in honour of two of its most illustrious sons, Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint. The atmosphere was electric, so many students of the sport voicing views as to how the wider arena of the sport could benefit. To say that the future is pregnant with possibilities would be a most appropriate conclusion. For the homesters, the reality of this new day and how the facility upgrade can positively affect the fortunes of the school, must have been up for active consideration. With four straight (titles) already secured, it could sound the trumpet on the start of a dynasty of Champs successes, only achieved by the Kingston College (KC) 1962-1975 reign. The execution and maintenance of Champs glory comes with inbuilt, stiff challenges. The long standing major contenders, the two mentioned and Jamaica College (JC), must optimise their chances by having access to top class facilities for preparation. Before the Red Hills Road ‘newbie’ surfaced, all three had to access the only city convenience, the National Stadium East, when it was time to sharpen up. This would have added great expense. The fact that Calabar now stands richly endowed in this area must give them not only incentive, but advantage. Foster’s Fairplay suspects that they are eyeing an unbroken run similar to the Fortis crew. Already, there is in-camp talk of ‘having it locked’ until 2021. Five more would ensure them the honour. It would be a proud bunch, as was that cohort of not-often seen ‘Bar Lifers’, who flocked to the new track on Saturday, January 23. However, all these C’bar black and green dreams could be thwarted by their closest and ever-persistent rivals from Old Hope Road and North Street. Those responsible for fundraising at these two heavyweights, must now be knocking heads and pockets to unearth that J$50 million to follow suit. Occupying their minds, must be thoughts that “this Calabar take-off is to be commended, but a strident response is essential”. CROSS PARTICIPATION Having said all that, Foster’s Fairplay has been made aware of an ill wind that is blowing over cross participation of athletes in this or that meet. It is a pleasing tribute to the advances in the sport that the calendar offers multiple options on any given weekend. Choices must be made by team management as to where the athletes should go to seek the competition that is required. Achieving the qualifying marks for Champs is also a major factor. If it means a squad split, taking in different locations, so be it, as long as selected requirements are met. Unfortunately, there are instances when these decisions are known to be made for questionable reasons. This columnist has heard, coming from at least two camps, sounds that are unwholesome to the ear. To cite, “Oh, so I support you and you do not support me, so I will no longer give you my support”. This is not what the country or its most globally prominent sport should be trying to build or maintain, and which it inevitably will be called on to repair. No one benefits from this malice aforethought. This columnist will leave it at that for now. There is no desire to destroy reputations for fair play that could be long and burdensome in rebuilding. The baton of abatement must now be passed to the custodians of high school sports. These are the principals. Working as the oversight group, they are known to be strident in the execution of their duties in several other areas. Rightly so, but these include pockets that are doing well, and in the view of Foster’s Fairplay need no meddling. This columnist sees the cauterising of confrontational thoughts, as mentioned, as matters for urgent attention. As the process streams towards the gala event – Champs – let there be a resolve to participate in the meets which best suit the particular programme. It should never be out of spite or a payback for a perceived wrong. High School sport is so sweet. Do not try to spoil it. – For feedback email lauriefoster2012@gmail.comlast_img read more

National netballers need Nevers

first_img SUSPICIOUS DOPING The revelations of “suspicious” doping test results from major athletic competitions by an article that appeared in the Sunday Times of England many days ago have brought the expected howls of protest from the IAAF and other organisations, whose main problem seems to be “a who talk?”. The good news is that the World Anti-Doping Authority has immediately launched an investigation into the allegations that athletes with unusual blood test results seem to be doping with impunity. Confirmation of doping from blood test results can only be done after comparing results from that same athlete over time, the main reason for an Athlete Biological Passport, which Jamaica started to collect in 2015. Last Friday, news emerged that Russian female marathoner Lilya Shobukhova, who won the London marathon in 2010 and was runner-up in 2011, had all her results since 2009 annulled because of doping. This athlete was exposed by the Sunday Times article as having ‘extreme blood scores’ for nine years before the IAAF took action in 2014, yet the London Marathon organiser who allegedly paid for the tests was not informed until the publication of the Sunday Times article. London Marathon organisers are now seeking to recover over half a million pounds in prize and appearance money from the disgraced Russian athlete four years after she doped. Trying to find out “a who talk” is not the answer, but a timely and transparent testing process and results management that ensures cheaters are exposed and those who do not cheat are rewarded. FAILURE TO ADJUST TACTICS Our failure lies in the inability of the team to adjust tactics during a game based on the strength and weaknesses of an opponent. This can only be done by the coaching staff. In a preliminary game against England last week, we at home witnessed the ‘same old, same old’ result. Jamaica going off to a blistering start, mesmerising our opponents, leading fairly comfortably, then came failure to adjust tactics, thus an eventual defeat. As a result of that defeat, our Sunshine Girls (who beat Scotland and qualified for the quarter-finals) can still go on to win and confound those who see New Zealand as the best team on show, but in reality, our chances now are much slimmer than when the Girls left Jamaica. What this country needs is coaching by tried and proven experts, who just happen to be available locally! The blatant and barefaced determination of netball hierarchy to refuse to give ‘guru’ Winston Nevers full control of the programme will continue to be our lone obstacle in the quest to be the best in international netball. Every year, every competition, it is the same thing – we play well against Caribbean neighbours, beat the rest of the competition ranked fifth to wherever, lead in our matches against the top-three teams in the world, they adjust their tactics, we don’t, then we crash to a defeat. In the past, it was easy to blame fitness. Not this time. These are the fittest Girls ever sent away to World Championships. Hopefully, netball leaders realise that when pointing an index finger at a supposed cause of our defeat, at least three fingers are pointing directly at them. Jamaica’s team to netball’s World Championships, the Sunshine Girls, has been the fittest, best trained, best fed, best sponsored of all the previous netball teams to any international competition in living memory. The Girls have a new coach and an overseas technical director (well paid) and a support team par excellence. They left Jamaica with a lot of good wishes and support as they sought to challenge world powerhouse teams Australia and New Zealand for netball’s ultimate prize. But first, they have to go through the rounds and qualify for the semi-finals and then the finals. The Jamaicans are ranked fourth in the world, not an achievement to be sniffed at. However, for far too long we have been sometimes third, most times fourth, in these competitions. For me, this is unacceptable as I have always felt that the Sunshine Girls, with the talent displayed and their athleticism, deserve to be number one in the world.last_img read more

English Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: STANISLAS 2nd; KING 54th. UNITED: FELLAINI 24th.A week after toppling reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea, newly promoted Bournemouth shocked Manchester United. After David de Gea was beaten from a corner by Junior Stanislas, United equalised via Marouane Fellaini. The visitors faded after the break and could not fight back after Joshua King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set piece.CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL:- PALACE: CABAYE 38th.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner. The hosts fully deserved their first Barclays Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace’s unbeaten run to three league games. Yannick Bolasie’s cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.MANCHESTER CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS:- CITY: BONY 26th; IHEANACHO 90th. SWANSEA: GOMIS 90th.Manchester City went top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time deflection. City, beaten at Stoke a week ago, struggled against managerless Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday. And after Wilfried Bony lost Ashley Williams to score against his former club, Bafetimbi Gomis’ late equaliser looked like it would earn a point – before Iheanacho’s lucky strike.NORWICH CITY 1 EVERTON 1GOALS:- NORWICH: HOOLAHAN 47th. EVERTON: LUKAKU 15th.Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive time in the Barclays Premier League, but Norwich produced a battling second-half display to hold Everton to their third straight Premier League draw. Lukaku scored with a header from Gerard Deulofeu’s excellent cross. Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.SUNDERLAND 0 WATFORD 1GOAL:- WATFORD: IGHALO 4th.Watford claimed their third successive win through Odion Ighalo’s early goal to leave Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon. Sunderland took time to find a response but dominated the second half.WEST HAM UNITED 0 STOKE CITY 0These teams drew for the third Barclays Premier League game in a row at the Boleyn Ground. Marco van Ginkel, brought in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, had Stoke’s best chance in the first half but he put wide from close range. West Ham enjoyed more action in front of goal but they were denied time after time by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.last_img read more

Charles to replace Darren Bravo

first_img Warm-up matches Thursday, March 10: vs India – Eden Garden, Kolkata Sunday, March 13: vs Australia – Eden Garden, Kolkata Super 10 Group 1 matches Full match schedulecenter_img Wednesday, March 16: vs England – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunday, March 20: vs Sri Lanka – M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore Friday, March 25: vs South Africa – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur Sunday, March 27: vs Qualifier 1B – Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur ST JOHN’S, Antigua: Johnson Charles has been named to replace Darren Bravo in the West Indies squad for the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. The tournament will be played in India from March 8 to April 3. The 27-year-old Charles is a top-order batsman who can also keep wicket. He is also an occasional medium-pace bowler. He has represented the West Indies in 23 T20 Internationals so far, and was member of the team which won the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. During that tournament, he was Man of the Match against England with a match-winning 84 at Pallekele in the quarter-finals. The West Indies are due to arrive in Kolkata on March 7 ahead of the tournament. They will have official warm-up matches against India on Thursday, March 10, and against Australia on Sunday, March 13. West Indies have been drawn in Group 1 of the Super 10 stage, where they will play alongside England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and one of the qualifiers from the first round. Squad: Darren Sammy (captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor.last_img read more

Horse Racing Results

first_imgTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1820 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. LADY BELRIDGE OMullings 52.02. SIR SOUTH HPottinger3 51.0 Sh.Head3. *BRAVE PROSPECT JPatterson3 54.0 1 1/2L4. PLAY STATION OWhite 52.0 2 1/2LLate scratch: #5 RAY RAYWIN: $321.00Final Time: 1:58.4 Splits : 27.1, 52.0, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 6yo b mare – OUTRIGGER out of DOCANDME by JOESLEWTrainer : TOWNSEND,RAYMOND I Owner : RIDGEWOODQuinella : (3,6) $781.00 Exacta : (6-3) $1,136.00Trifecta : (6-3-7) $426.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. DANISH BROWN OMullings 53.02. *IDON’TKNOW RLunan 53.0 5L3. THEGREATALLIANCE AChatrie 55.0 5L4. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 3/4LDNF #3 LADY MARCIANNE LWalters 55.0 45/1Late scratch : #5 MR. MUSMAKIT, #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESSWIN: $144.00Final Time : 1:17.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – REGION OF MERIT out of EAST WIND by ALISIOSTrainer : BURRELL,RENEX L Owner : RENEX L BURRELLQuinella : (2,4) $229.00 Exacta : (4-2) $312.00D/E : (6-4) $685.00 (6-5) $298.00 (6-6) $254.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $262.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. *CAMPESINO WGriffiths,OD 55.02. BRAWN DaneNelson 52.5 2 1/4L3. ROYAL ASSAULT WHenry 50.5 3 1/2L4. FORCE DE JOUR NBerger4 46.0 1 1/4LWIN: $70.00PLACE: $53.00, $66.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:11.0 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – COMPADRE out of YAELLA by BOLD EXECUTIVETrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : HAMARK FARMSQuinella : (2,7) $203.00 Exacta : (2-7) $208.00D/E : (4-2) $304.00Trifecta : (2-7-4) $137.00Rolling Triple : (6-4-2) $2,458.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *MY WAY OWalker 54.02. PATCH RWilson 54.0 4L3. THAT’S THE MAN AMartin 54.5 1 1/4L4. JASON’S GOLD JErwin 52.5 1 3/4L5. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman2 53.5 1LLate scratch : #12 UNCLE BUNNYWIN: $51.00PLACE: $58.00, $94.00, $208.00Final Time : 0:58.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.1, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY out of ALL IN by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : MILADE AZANQuinella : (9,14) $199.00 Exacta : (14-9) $226.00D/E : (2-14) $66.00 (2-12) $91.00Trifecta : (14-9-7) $516.00Hi-5 : (14-9-7-16-8) $3,954.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-14) $451.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. FIX IT UP AMartin 55.02. PERFECT GOLD DDawkins3 50.0 1L3. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger3 53.0 2 3/4L4. WAR CHIP DaneNelson 53.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 TURBULENT VELOCITY, #7 CLASSICAL TRAINWIN: $384.00PLACE: $154.00, $1324.00, $143.00Final Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDQuinella : (8,10) $7,517.00 Exacta : (10-8) $46,778.00D/E : (14-10) $685.00Superfecta : (10-8-1-5) $122,480.00Rolling Triple : (2-14-10) $822.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3/OT)1. HAILEY’S COMET KPowell 50.02. *TOUCH DE ROAD RLahoe 52.0 3 1/4L3. NATASHADONTPLAY JPatterson3 49.5 1 1/2L4. XQUISITE CHOICE HPottinger3 51.0 1 1/4L5. BAD BOY JUSTIN AChatrie 52.5 1LLate scratch : #3 AWESOME CATWIN: $358.00PLACE: $233.00, $115.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:21.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – IMAGE MAKER out of REGINA ROYALE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : IAN M ROBERTSQuinella : (2,8) $774.00 Exacta : (8-2) $1,483.00D/E : (10-8) $3,014.00 (10-3) $878.00Trifecta : (8-2-12) $3,242.00Hi-5 : (8-2-12-7-9) $17,242.00Rolling Triple : (14-10-8) $5,104.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. SAMORA (AndreePowell) 4 49.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL RNelson 56.0 5L3. *FIRE ALARM RHalledeen 53.5 1L4. GOLD SCREW MWard4 52.0 3/4L4. MAMETA OFoster 53.0 dead heat6. #4 KACI DaneNelson 53.0 3LWIN: $8653.00PLACE: $726.00, $97.00, $66.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.2, 45.0, ,Winner : 4yo colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of SHAKIRA SHAKIRA byTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : SOMORA CLARKEQuinella : (1,11) $11,266.00 Exacta : (11-1) $53,570.00D/E : (8-11) $155,560.00Trifecta : (11-1-3) $44,023.00Hit-6 carry-over : $213,934.50Rolling Triple : (10-8-11) $97,276.00Super-6 : (4-2-14-10-8-11) $682,425.20CLIFFORD STEWART MEMORIAL CUPRace 8 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO-NW41. ST. BERNARD OWalker 54.02. AQUILO WHenry 54.0 Sh.Head3. EL NUMERO UNO RLunan 55.0 Sh.Head4. EL CLIENTE OEdwards3 51.0 Neck5. BLESSEDNESS JInnis3 49.0 1/2LDNF #11 WARRIOR PRINCESS JErwin 53.5WIN: $248.00PLACE: $98.00, $119.00, $86.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo ch horse – TRACKING out of LUVABLE by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : PHILIP A EDWARDSQuinella : (7,12) $1,404.00 Exacta : (12-7) $2,365.00D/E : (11-12) $214,504.00Trifecta : (12-7-1) $4,124.00Hi-5 carry-over : $68,384.55Rolling Triple : (8-11-12) $1,961.00PlacePot 8 : (3,6-2,4-2,7-9,14-8,10-2,8-1,11-7,12) $165,750.00Race 9 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st – 2nd SINCE DEC.111. STORMONTHESEA (AndrePowell) 4 51.02. VERONICA B JPatterson3 52.0 2 3/4L3. COSEQUIN OEdwards3 51.0 Head4. ZANZIBAR HPottinger3 52.0 2 1/2L5. JOHN D LINJAH DDawkins3 49.0 NeckWIN: $1536.00PLACE: $890.00, $96.00, $537.00Final Time : 1:30.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:16.0,Winner : 5yo dk b/br colt – STORM CRAFT out of VELOCITY byTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : JACQUELINE M. BURGESS & EMILE K. WRIGHTQuinella : (4,5) $13,106.00 Exacta : (5-4) $19,656.00D/E : (12-5) $51,410.00Trifecta : (5-4-8) $87,160.00Hi-5 carry-over : $200,681.65Rolling Triple : (11-12-5) $21,432.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $594,698.00Super-6 : (14-108-11-12-5) $52,929.50 Carry-over : $1,111,519.50Pick-9 : (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $66,603.00 (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $324.50 Carry-over : $1,677,505.20last_img read more

Coach bemoans West Indies batting approach in Dubai conditions

first_img “(They are) quality spin bowlers on pitches they are used to bowling on and they did a very good job. We didn’t find a way with the bat to combat that. It certainly wasn’t through a lack of effort by the players; they just found it very difficult. It’s disappointing.” Radford was quick to praise Pakistan’s batting effort, which saw them tally 160 for four off their 20 overs after being sent in. “Pakistan have bowled well and have actually fielded very well, and when they batted, they showed that on a slow wicket and a big outfield, it’s actually all about knocking the ball into gaps and doing a lot of running,” he explained. “They ran a lot of twos, which I think really stretched us, and I don’t think it was ever going to be a game for lots of boundaries because I don’t think it was that type of surface or that type of outfield.” DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Batting coach Toby Radford said West Indies once again failed to adjust to conditions in Saturday night’s second Twenty20 International and need to find answers ahead of the final game tomorrow. For the second straight day, the reigning World champions found themselves completely outclassed by Pakistan, this time slumping to a 16-run defeat to surrender the three-match series. Radford said his side’s batting performance had once again been “disappointing”, pointing out that it followed a similar trend to Friday’s nine-wicket loss in the opening game. “The first power play today and yesterday were similar. (We were) five (wickets) down yesterday, three down in the first six (overs) today, and I think the big difference, when you looked at Pakistan in the first six, (is that) they were 38 for one (in the opening game) and 39 for one (today),” said the Englishman, who joined the side just before the series. “Clearly, the game plan from Pakistan has been to have slow wickets, bowl a lot of spin and have very big boundaries. The West Indies are known to be a big six-hitting and boundary-hitting side and normally play on slightly quicker pitches and slightly smaller outfields, but it is up to us to find a way around that.” Chasing 161 for victory at the Dubai International Stadium in order to level the series, West Indies never got going, slumping to 19 for three in the sixth over and then 89 for seven in the 16th. “I thought Sohail Tanvir bowled very well with the new ball tonight and picked up two wickets. I thought yesterday Imad (Wasim) picking up five wickets was very, very good,” Radford said about the first game on Friday. GOOD JOBlast_img read more

Russia, IAAF set for suspension clash

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):Russian athletics looked set for conflict with the IAAF over doping even as the government admitted on Tuesday that some top coaches relied on giving banned substances to their athletes.The IAAF, on Monday, said Russia would probably not be reinstated to global athletics until at least November, extending a ban first imposed in November 2015. That means there won’t be an official Russia team at the World Championships in August, though there may be “neutral” athletes competing.A new IAAF road map obliges the All-Russian Athletics Federation to confront World Anti-Doping Agency allegations that the Russian state oversaw a vast cover-up of drug use, either by accepting them or “convincingly rebutting those findings”.state-backedARAF first vice-president Andrei Silnov ruled out an admission that Russian doping was state-backed.”There are no facts there, just assertions, and we’re gradually proving that it’s not a state structure, a system, that kind of thing,” he told The Associated Press.A former Olympic high jump champion, Silnov said whistle-blowers about doping in Russia were motivated by money, questioned claims that Russia had “a culture of doping,” and suggested the IAAF was unfairly slowing down Russia’s reinstatement.”The criteria we have, we fulfil. We fulfil them and there’s a new set,” he said. “The process goes on and on.”Silnov held a news conference alongside former long jump world record-holder Igor Ter-Ovanesyan, who said East German athletes’ steroid-fuelled successes during the Cold War should be seen as legitimate products of “good pharmacology,” rather than condemned as doping. Silnov did not challenge the claim.Following a council meeting, the IAAF laid out conditions for Russia to return to competition, including the reinstatement of the national drug-testing agency, which remains suspended over various allegations of covering up doping. That isn’t considered likely to happen until November.last_img read more

Steele shines as Holmwood fight back

first_imgHolmwood’s Sasheika Steele matched the Class Three girls 100m record as the one-time ‘Champs Queens’ fought back ahead of today’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships climax inside the National Stadium  Steele stopped the clock at 11.50 to carve her name beside Shauna Helps’ as record holder, out-powering Hydel’s Gabrielle Matthews, 11.73 and Campion’s Krystal Sloley, 11.86 as Holmwood clawed into the lead of defending champions Edwin Allen’s lead after a strong all-round showing on yesterday’s penultimate day of competition. Three time defending champions Edwin Allen ended the day on 130 points with the 10-time champions Holmwood logging 110 points of their own. St Jago are next best with 104; Hydel – 89; Excelsior – 65 and Vere Technical 53. In the Class One event, St Jago’s Aneka Brissett won the event in 11.41 seconds ahead of Edwin Allen’s Patrice Moody, 11.67 and Renee Shaw from Excelsior, who clocked 11.72.  Michae Harriott (Holmwood), 11.63 won the gold in the Class Two 100m final ahead of Mount Alvernia’s Kemba Nelson, 11.72 and St Jago’s Kimone Shaw the former champion.  Class Four hotshot Brianna Lyston from St Jago, stayed on course for an expected sprint double with a 11.86 win in the final with teammate Danae Nembhard, 12.08 and Tia Clayton (Edwin Allen), 12.28 following her to the line. Earlier in the day, Wolmer’s Girls’ Janeek Brown broke the Class One girls 100m hurdles record with a 13.52 run to erase Peta-Gaye Williams’ old mark of 13.56 in the event, set in 2015.  Big winners yesterday were; Britany Anderson of Vere Technical who ran a new Class Two Girls 100m record in 13.04 seconds in the semi-finals from heat two. She will go into today’s final as favourite for the gold medal and could upstage defending champion Daszay Freeman of Manchester High, who booked her spot with 13.37. St Jago’s  Rosealee Cooper qualified third in 13.50, with former record holder Shanette Allison of Holmwood, 13.69, expected to challenge. Girls Javelin Throw Open final was won by Georgetta Samuels of Holmwood  Technical, who took the gold with a throw of 46.64m. Second went to Sah-jay Stevens of St Jago (46.05m) and third to Kimoy Phillips Petersfield (43.08m) Annishka McDonald won the girls Class Four High Jump gold with a  clearance at 1.64 metres, silver went to Malaika Cunningham 1.61m and Sashanti Hinds of Hydel, 1.55m. The Girls Class Two discus gold went to Marie Forbes (Vere) with a throw of 41.74m. Holmwood’s Shaday  Hudson got silver with 40.51m with the bronze going to Shamella Donaldson of Rusea’s (40.41m) Meanwhile, girls Class Three 400m, favourite and defending champion Joanne Reid of St Jago qualified in 56.58 seconds behind Holmwood’s Daniella Deer (54.80) and Nattesha Palmer, also of Holmwood (56.58) to today’s final.  The Girls Class One 100m hurdles final will have a packed field of stars, including:Gabrielle McDonald of Edwin Allen High, who should be hard to beat after qualifying in a record time of 13.52 seconds. She will face stout challenges from Janeek Brown of Wolmer’s, 13.53 and schoolmate Amoi Brown, 13.58.last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas to get veteran boost from import Reggie Okosa

first_imgAlab Pilipinas team for the 2017-2018 ABL Season. Photo from @alabpilipinas Twitter.Reggie Okosa, a 6-foot-10 center who has vast experience playing overseas, is Alab Pilipinas’ other import in the coming Asean Basketball League season.Okosa has had stints in Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, but aside from his experience, new Alab coach Jimmy Alapag described Okosa as a versatile offensive player, who can score in variety of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny READ: Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas“He’s a veteran. He’s played all over the world from the CBA to the KBL to the Japanese league, he and Ivan actually competed with each other in the KBL a few seasons ago,” Alapag told INQUIRER.net, referring to his other reinforcement Ivan Johnson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“He gives us another inside presence. A guy who’s capable of stepping outside and make shots but can also play with his back to the basket.”READ: Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Alapag is banking on the two imports’ familiarity with each other to further build the team’s chemistry with the new season set on Nov. 17.Alab Pilipinas opens its campaign against defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which got swept by Singapore in last year’s semifinals, will also lean on the likes of reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:32JoyRide execs deny using trolls to boost page reviews00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logolast_img read more