Handel Lamey, a member of the Tornadoes Swim Club, is the new president of the Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ). Lamey defeated outgoing president Martin Lyn 22 votes to 20 at the recent annual general meeting of the association. A new executive has taken over the reins of the association for the period 2015-2017. Tornadoes club’s head coach, Wendy Lee, defeated vice-president for swimming, Allan-Roy Marsh, 22-14 while Nadav Goren received just votes. The new Secretary is Adrian Lyn, who defeated Lavinia McClure 32-10. Uncontested positions were: vice president for water polo – Lance Rochester; vice president for synchronised swimming – Sharon Smith; treasurer – Florence Williams and assistant secretary/treasurer – Paul Campbell. In expressing his appreciation to the swimming fraternity for depositing the confidence and support in the new ASAJ executive incoming president Lamey said he’s ready to take on the challenge of getting aquatics on the front burner. “I look forward to working with the new team in having the discipline of aquatics receive more attention. The establishment of the foundation of the strategic business plan for the sport is also critical to the development of aquatics in Jamaica going forward, and this has to be a shared objective of all stakeholders. We therefore encourage all stakeholders and members to participate at all levels to ensure that these objectives are met,” Lamey said. The new president noted that one of the primary objectives of his executive will be to ensure that Jamaican swimmers qualify and have an opportunity to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He noted that there are senior swimmers who are close to achieving the qualifying time standards for the 2016 Olympics, and the ASAJ will seek to provide the opportunities for them to participate in the approved qualifying meets based on the window that is still left for qualification.
Report: Sammy still West Indies T20 captain PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies selectors have retained T20 captain Darren Sammy for the upcoming International Cricket Council World T20 tournament, according to reports in the Trinidad and Tobago media. The reports come amid speculation that selectors may have replaced Sammy with ODI captain Jason Holder for the premier tournament scheduled for India in March. The Guardian newspaper reported on Monday that selectors opted for experience going into the T20 World Cup but the report contained no official confirmation from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sammy, an all-rounder from St. Lucia, has presided over West Indies rise to number one in the ICC rankings. He led the team that won the title in 2012 in Sri Lanka and reached the semi-finals in 2014 in Bangladesh. Bravo happy with role in Red Force title win PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): West Indies middle order batsman Darren Bravo says he is pleased with the role he played that inspired Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to retain their NAGICO Super50 title on Saturday. Bravo missed his century on three occasions, but his prolific batting propelled Red Force into the finals where they dominated Barbados Pride with a one-sided 72 run win to remain champions. “It’s a good feeling. Obviously, when you contribute to a winning cause, it’s always a good feeling. And I’m always happy about that,” said Bravo, who returned to Red Force’s lineup towards the end of the competition after the West Indies tour of Australia. “It’s just a matter of continuing believing in myself. At the end of the day, I put in a lot of work so it’s always good to know that whenever you go out there, and you get that opportunity, it’s good to know that you’re reaping the rewards”. Coach hails Grenada’s new stadium ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC): Former American track athlete and now Coach to Kirani James, Harvey Glance, has described Grenada’s new Chinese built athletic and football stadium as ‘mind blowing’. The US$40 million stadium, with a seating capacity of nearly 8,000, was declared open amid much pomp and pageantry in an official ceremony carried live on national television on Saturday. The new facility replaces the original athletics stadium which was destroyed when Hurricane Ivan ravaged the country in 2004. “This is my first time seeing the stadium in its full capacity not only crowd wise but also building wise because I came down to recruit Kirani when he was 16 and a half years old and the stadium had been hit by the hurricane,” said Glance. “So I am truly, truly impressed with what the Chinese people have done”. Glance attended the opening alongside James who was invited to perform the ceremonial lighting of the torch.
Portmore United 1 Harbour View 1 UWI FC 5 Boys’ Town 1 Tivoli Gardens 1 Humble Lion 2 Cavalier SC 2 Waterhouse 2 Humble Lion FC maintained fourth spot in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they edged Tivoli Gardens 2-1 at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex yesterday. Ricardo Campbell scored in the 45th minute and Levaughn ‘Country’ Williams (90th) for the winners, while Rodico Wellington netted a penalty in the 56th minute for the losers. Humble Lion pressured Tivoli from early and went in front on the stroke of half-time when Campbell moved from defence and scored from a corner kick. In the second half, Tivoli looked better and earned a penalty which was well taken by Wellington, which beat Humble Lion goalkeeper Kadeem Davis for the equaliser. However, Humble Lion, after going close to scoring on several occasions, then found the winning goal in the last-minute when Williams slotted past Davin Watkins in goal for the home side. With the victory, Humble Lion advanced to 39 points, two ahead of UWI FC, in the race for a top four finish. Montego Bay United lead the 12-team league on 54 points, ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens (49) and Portmore (47). Coach of Humble Lion, Vassell Reynolds, was pleased with the result and performance of his team. “It was a very good fight from the team, a lot of energy from the players,” Reynolds told The Gleaner in a post-match interview. “We wanted to be on the front foot and did that. We fought and got the winning goal in the last minute. We have been doing well in the last couple of games, and still fighting for a top four finish,” he also said. Reynolds praised Williams for coming back from injuries and scoring in the last two games. “Levaughn Williams has been working hard and has scored in the last two games after coming back from several injuries,” he disclosed. Meanwhile, Tivoli’s manager, Brian Rose, said his team lacked fighting spirit. “We got complacent after winning back-to-back games and now we’ve lost two straight. We need to get back to winning ways,” Rose said. Yesterday’s Results Today’s game 8:40 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
In the wake of news that three Jamaican athletes have made requests to represent Bahrain, Commonwealth Games 100-metre champion Kemar Bailey-Cole is calling on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, (JAAA) corporate Jamaica and the Government to do more for its athletes. Olympic and World Championship silver medallist Shericka Williams and emerging sprinters Andrew Fisher and Kemarley Brown are reportedly in the final stages of completing the process of representing Bahrain at the next Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, next year, in a move that is seen as being mainly about securing financial security in a sport where pickings are slim for all but a few elite athletes. Citing the challenges that athletes like him face on a daily basis, Bailey-Cole believes that if more is not done Jamaica could stand to lose more of its elite athletes to countries willing to pay for their talents. “We are not getting the support from our association and many of us are living off small contracts,” he said. Using British athletics as an example, the World Championships sprint relay gold medallist said under that system athletes get paid according to their performance levels. British athletes, he said, are ranked in different categories and are paid accordingly, but at least they are getting money that help them to offset expenses. But not only are the country’s athletes not getting help from the JAAA, corporate Jamaica, he says, largely turns a blind eye to athletes like him. Bailey-Cole has won relay gold medals at the Olympics and World Championships, and despite injury worries won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2014. Despite his success, efforts by his agent in reaching out to corporate Jamaica have been rebuffed. That leaves athletes like Bailey-Cole who live off those small contracts struggling to support their families, pay for coaching, expensive medical treatment, rent and nutrition, as well as taxes. The JAAA, however, is only able to do so much and no more, as they have to work within a ‘limited fiscal space’. “We would love to do much more,” said JAAA General Secretary Garth Gayle. “But we are 95 per cent volunteers working with a limited financial budget.” Gayle explains that a budget is allocated to a fund to assist athletes in need and they meet more than half the demand each year. In some instances they are able to assist athletes in need for up to a year. “We try to do our best within a tight fiscal space,” Gayle acknowledged. He revealed that within the JAAA executive there is an athlete’s welfare committee that is headed by Olympian Michael Frater. That committee reviews applications for assistance and then makes their recommendations to the board, who then decides who gets what. Meantime, athletes requesting permission to represent other countries could be seen as becoming a trend, JAAA president, Dr Warren Blake, said earlier this week. For athletes like Bailey-Cole, that trend could become a snowball. “Other athletes are afraid to talk but many would jump at similar opportunities,” he said.
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JAMAICA’s combined martial arts team recently won three of five events, plus a bronze medal, at the Original Taekwon-Do Federation of America (OTFA) 2015 Open at the Longevity Sports Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.Adrian Moore led the charge in a blistering encounter with Uzbekistan’s Zukhuriddin Khon in the final of the light heavyweight black belt sparring division.Although the Asian looked impressive coming through the rounds, he failed to stay the distance, faltering in the last quarter of the fight against sturdy and experienced Moore, who has competed in dozens of bouts, locally and internationally, this season.Also among the combined team winners was Calabar schoolboy Trevor Webb Jr. The 17-year-old won his first international gold following his encouraging European debut in Russia. The lanky Jamaican fighter came out strong in the lightweight final against Uzbekistan Shakhzhou Kadirov for a convincing win.Jason McKay, who doubled as coach, had a bittersweet result, settling for bronze after losing 1-2 to Mike Wallen, who he had beaten for the title in 2013.Though the veteran fighter lost out on gold, the three points gained pushed him seven points clear of his challengers in the top-10 race to qualify for the combined team’s 2016 season, well on his way to a record 14th selection.Delano Francis was suffering from an ear injury he had suffered in training, which got worse in Vegas, and was withdrawn from the championship.
MORE ORGANISED THIS TIME A brilliant header, with his back to goal, by forward Donovan Dawkins, sealed a third consecutive ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup title for Jamaica College (JC) at Sabina Park yesterday. The 1-0 victory gave the Old Hope Road-based JC their 27th lien on the coveted trophy. Dawkins’ strike decided a very close and competitive match, which saw both teams defending stoutly throughout the entire contest. “Prevailing in the face of adversity and against all odds,” were the comments of Jamaica College’s team manager, Ian Forbes, after his team went into the final as underdogs and came away victorious. Goalscorer Dawkins was one of the happiest players in the park. “I feel good because my captain told me I could do it, and I came out, scored, and won the Manning Cup in my second year at JC. I am very happy,” he told The Sunday Gleaner. Captain Allando Brown said his teammates played magnifi-cently in the final. “Trust me – fight, determination and guts. Of course, one College – not St George’s College or Munro College. No team can beat Jamaica College twice in a competition,” Brown boasted. Outstanding St George’s centre forward Alex Marshall was kept quiet for much of yesterday’s match as he was closely guarded by Brown and his troops. St George’s captain Shevon Stewart fought hard to keep his team in the game, but yesterday, JC were a much more organised unit than the team which was drubbed 4-0 in the Super Cup final. Stewart saw a powerful shot blocked by the leg of JC captain Allando Brown, while Marshall, in one of his few clear chances, fired straight at goalkeeper Jahmali Waite. Winning coach Miguel Coley said: “I just want to apologise for the 4-0 Super Cup loss. We took it and bounced back. It (yesterday’s final) was a tough game. St George’s are a fantastic team and we had to counter them with physical play and good man-marking. Teamwork makes the dream work,” he added. St George’s Neville Bell, who saw his team slip to their first scoreless Manning Cup game of the season, said: “It’s their (JC’s) time. They wanted it; they deserved it.” Earlier, Michael Beckford scored his first goal of the season to lead Jonathan Grant High School to their first third-place finish in the competition. Beckford climbed beautifully above the Denham Town High defenders to head home a Mario Desouza cross in the 48th minute.
DOPING ALLEGATIONS “This decision was taken in light of negative publicity associated with allegations of corruption and doping in sport made against the IAAF,” Nestle said in a statement. “We believe this could negatively impact our reputation and image and will, therefore, terminate our existing agreement with the IAAF, established in 2012.” The IAAF, incensed by the Nestle announcement, was determined to hold the company to the final year of its contract. Rather than accepting the sponsor’s decision, the IAAF said it remained “in discussion with Nestle concerning the final year of its five-year partnership”. The programme was due to reach another 15 countries, involving another three million children, training 360 lecturers and 8,640 physical education teachers, the IAAF added. LONDON (AP): Food and beverage giant Nestle told the IAAF yesterday that it terminated its sponsorship of athletics’ governing body over fears the doping scandal could damage the company’s image. The announcement came while adidas remains in talks with the IAAF about its handling of the corruption scandal amid reports the sportswear giant was considering ending its sponsorship. The IAAF, under Sebastian Coe’s new leadership, is fighting attempts by sponsors to cut their contracts early. Nestle funded the kids’ athletics programme for four years, but decided to end the partnership “with immediate effect”.
Charles played a blinder, cracking seven fours and two sixes off 36 deliveries, while Russell flaunted his brute strength in belting three fours and four sixes off a mere 20 balls. With the win, West Indies set up a meeting in the final in Kolkata against England, who they beat in their opening game of the preliminaries. Earlier, the in-form Kohli top-scored with an unbeaten 89 as India raced to 192 for two off their 20 overs, after they were sent in. Openers Rohit Sharma (43) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) put on 62 for the first wicket before Kohli arrived to marshal the latter half of the innings. He crunched 11 fours and a six off 47 balls and added 56 for the second wicket with Rahane before dominating an unbroken third-wicket stand of 64 with captain M.S. Dhoni, who was unbeaten on 15. India scored freely in the opening overs with Sharma smashing three fours and three sixes off 31 balls, and Rahane giving support with a 35-ball knock that included two fours. With the Windies in need of a jump-start, Simmons and Charles reignited the innings with superb batting to keep their side in touch with the required run rate. Charles took a couple of boundaries from Bumrah’s next over and then got stuck into off-spinner Ravi Ashwin, taking 13 runs from his second over – the ninth of the innings. He reached his third T20I half-century off 30 balls with a boundary to long-off off medium pacer Hardik Pandya, but departed soon after in the 14th over when he swatted at the first ball of Kohli’s first over and holed out to Rohit running in from long off. MUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies crushed the hopes of a billion Indians when they produced a magnificent run chase to stun the home side by seven wickets and clinch a place in Sunday’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup. Entering yesterday’s semi-final as the underdogs against tournament favourites India, the Caribbean side silenced the full house at the Wankhede Stadium by overhauling an imposing target of 193 with two balls to spare in a riveting encounter. They were propelled by half-centuries from Lendl Simmons, who carved out an exhilarating, career-best unbeaten 82, and opener Johnson Charles, who belted an aggressive 52, while Andre Russell weighed in with a whirlwind unbeaten 43. Stumbling at 19 for two in the third over after losing key players Chris Gayle (5) and Marlon Samuels (8), West Indies recovered through the trio’s efforts to reach 84 for two at the halfway stage before plundering 112 runs off the last 58 balls of the innings. Requiring eight runs from the final over bowled by part-time medium pacer Virat Kohli, West Indies managed just a run from the first two deliveries, but Russell tugged the third ball to the midwicket boundary before clearing the ropes at wide long-on, to spark celebrations among the visitors. Simmons, who only arrived here from the Caribbean earlier this week to replace the injured Andre Fletcher, faced 51 deliveries and struck seven fours and five sixes. Living a charmed life, he survived three chances to anchor two key partnerships, putting on 97 for the third wicket with Charles before adding a further 80 in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Russell. BRUTE STRENGTH
Defending champions Lennon High will hunt their seventh title when they face Excelsior High in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association schoolgirls football final at the Spanish Town Prison today, starting at 3 p.m.Denham Town High will play St Jago High in the third-place play-off at 1 p.m.Lennon’s coach, Sherlon Lennon, is oozing confidence ahead of the final.”It’s a very good feeling to reach the final. We played Excelsior last year in the final and beat them. We are looking forward to playing some good football and retaining the title,” Lennon said.Lennon will rely on Peta-Kay Green and Renae Gordon to achieve victory.Excelsior will look to avenge their last year’s 3-0 defeat.”The Excelsior team has exceeded my expectations, so I am happy to be in the final,” coach of Excelsior Xavier Gilbert said.Excelsior will rely heavily on their national Under-17 trio of captain Tarania Clarke, Tateyana Pitter, and Chevelle Henry.