We could lose more athletes, says Bailey-Cole

first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

Moore among J’can winners in Vegas

first_imgJAMAICA’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.last_img read more

JC retain Manning Cup – St George’s beaten 1-0 in final

first_img 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.last_img read more

Nestle terminates IAAF sponsorship over doping scandal

first_img 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”.last_img read more

Windies at the double – Women, men in T20 World Cup finals

first_img 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 STRENGTHlast_img read more

Confident Lennon face Excelsior

first_imgDefending 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.last_img read more

‘It’s just more races’ – Sprint king Bolt reflects after season-opening win in Cayman

first_imgGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC): World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt said all he needs are ‘more races’ following a rather pedestrian run heren on Saturday night to win the 100 metres at the Cayman Invitational. Running in his first race of the season, the sprint superstar strode to an average 10.05 seconds to beat American Dentarius Locke into second with 10.12, while fellow Jamaican and training partner, Kemar Bailey-Cole, finished third in 10.18. Bolt was away from the blocks smoothly to carve out a small lead at the halfway point, before coasting to the wire unchallenged. However, he was quick to concede afterwards he was not entirely pleased with the outing. “It wasn’t the best, but as long as I come out injury free, that’s the key thing,” he pointed out. “I didn’t feel as smooth as I wanted to, but as I always say, it’s hard to just come into your first race and do extra well.” All the attention fell on Bolt as the fans flocked to catch a glimpse of the sprint king, who will be targeting an unprecedented clean sweep of the sprints at a third straight Olympics in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 29-year-old had not run competitively since he dominated the World Championships in Beijing last August and, in the interim, had battled injury, which hampered his training programme. Bolt, who will run the 100 metres at the Golden Spike in Ostrava next week, said he would continue to improve with more competition. “It’s just more races. My coach will determine what I need to work on, but right now, it’s just more races,” Bolt stressed. “The more races I run, the better I will feel so I am just looking forward to running more races and see what happens. “I am never worried. I’ve been in worse situations. It’s just race rusty. I can tell. I could feel the difference from when you are flying from when you are not.”last_img read more

Tharanga, Mendis steer Lankans to title

first_imgBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC):Half-centuries from Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis lifted Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the final of the Tri-Nations Series here yesterday.Playing at Queens Sports Club, Tharanga and Mendis both hit a joint top score of 57 as the Sri Lankans easily chased down a mediocre target of 161 in the 38th over.They were precariously placed at 42 for three in the seventh over after left-arm seamer Brian Vitori, in his first game of the tournament, knocked over Dhananjaya de Silva (0), Niroshan Dickwella (16), and Kusal Perera (14) in quick succession.However, Tharanga then anchored two key partnerships, putting on 75 for the fourth wicket with Mendis before adding a further 49 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with Asela Gunaratne, who was unbeaten on 16 at the end.Tharanga’s unbeaten 57 came from 98 deliveries and included six fours and a six, while Mendis faced 72 balls and counted ten fours.Zimbabwe, who beat West Indies on Friday to book their place in the final, had earlier been bundled out for 160 off 36.3 overs, with Tarisai Musakanda top-scoring with 36 from 37 balls and Sean Williams getting a patient 35.Right-armer Gunaratne (3-10) and leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay (3-50) claimed three wickets apiece while left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana took two for 26.last_img read more

Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you

first_imgSearch on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Ray Allen visits Manila Loeffler and De La Hoya are both grateful that most casual sports fans seemed to enjoy Mayweather’s 10th-round stoppage victory: The unusual fight appeared to be competitive, and it largely entertained people who don’t watch every big fight.And if those casual fans now want to see the best that boxing has to offer, De La Hoya and Loeffler are selling Mexico’s biggest star against an unbeaten Kazakh knockout artist for four middleweight title belts.“I’m glad that so many people bought the fight so they can see what boxing is all about, and what boxing is all about is September 16th with Canelo and Triple G,” De La Hoya said.De La Hoya sent out a furious, profane tweet to his 1.8 million followers one day before the bout, declaring that Mayweather and McGregor were “disrespecting the sport of boxing.” De La Hoya didn’t back down from that opinion during public workouts in downtown Los Angeles for Alvarez and Golovkin, who attracted well over 1,000 fans standing in 90-degree downtown Los Angeles heat for four hours.“Only Mayweather knows, why it lasted 10 rounds,” said De La Hoya, who lost a close fight to Mayweather in 2007. “Obviously, Mayweather is not the biggest puncher in the game. If there was a Canelo in there, obviously it would last one round.”ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Golovkin said he might watch the replay of Mayweather-McGregor this week, but didn’t seem terribly interested. Alvarez, who took his only career defeat against Mayweather in 2013, said he ordered the pay-per-view, but “to see a show, not a fight. I knew what I was getting.”“We weren’t negative on that event,” Loeffler added. “We just made it clear that this is the real boxing match, and that was a spectacle. It was the most popular MMA fighter against the most popular boxer. … You shouldn’t sell it as a real, competitive fight. But we were happy that it wasn’t a disaster to where people would be down on buying this fight.”Although Loeffler praises McGregor’s showmanship and MMA skills, he likened the matchup to Muhammad Ali’s infamous 1976 fight with Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki.“It was really more of an exhibition,” Loeffler said. “It wasn’t really a boxing match.”But don’t mistake Loeffler for an Oscar-style hater. He thinks the long-term benefits of that short-term curiosity outweigh the drawbacks.“The more boxing exposure we can get for the sport in general, the more fights that can be made,” Loeffler said. “It brought (boxing) to the mainstream. It got a lot of attention that many other events never have a chance of getting. But I really think (Alvarez-Golovkin) is the highlight of boxing for this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxer Canelo Alvarez works out as he hosts an open-to-the-public media workout at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is a 12-round box fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family.“I just thought it was a fraud, and I still think it’s a fraud,” De La Hoya said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? 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SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Golovkin meets Alvarez on Sept. 16 in the same Las Vegas arena where Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round last Saturday. The result was no surprise to De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, or to Loeffler, who guides Golovkin’s career.“We were all pretty convinced that Floyd would win,” Loeffler said. “We were just hoping that it wouldn’t be a disaster where people were going to say, ‘We’re never going to buy another pay-per-view.’” Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more