Laurie Foster: JAAA drops the baton

first_imgThe fast-approaching Christmas season is traditionally a time of good cheer, the seeking of blessings from a Supreme Being, consumption of an enormous amount of food, and the exchange of gifts. Although the act also follows a path of tradition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), through its president, delivered its own gift of another body blow to the sport. One can almost hear in response shouts of ‘What’s new?’ or ‘Nothing better was expected’. Dr Warren Blake, Jamaica’s track and field head man, is once again under the cosh. Blake is widely accepted and acclaimed as an orthopaedic surgeon of the highest quality. However, from the comments being voiced – including social media – his latest action does not quite make the cut (pun intended). The ‘proof of the pudding’ in making what could be deemed a harsh criticism is inherent in a statement to the media recently. The stage was a press conference to announce nominees for the annual Golden Cleats Awards put on by the JAAA. On the world stage, Russia had been banned from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The move was effected after investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found them to be involved in state-supported violation of the code. Many of their top performing athletes at the global level were facing the loss of medals won. As a sequel to this, the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of its host status for the 2016 World Junior Championships. A replacement venue was to be announced after a new bidding process. SEEKING APPROVAL The JAAA had announced its intention to seek approval to be hosts. Success would mean that the black, green, and gold would be blessed with the prestige and privilege of so doing for the second time. Few will forget at the first staging in 2002, the comments of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack. He described it as “the best ever”. The Senegalese has since been disgraced – fingered by the same WADA probe for accepting a bribe of €1 million for culpability in drug test results concealment. Blake seized the opportunity at the awards press conference to issue a statement on the progress of the bid. He spoke of the local bid being withdrawn. It carried a price tag of US$10 million. Also mentioned, presumably as a reason for the withdrawal, was the likelihood of such a figure being realised. There was no mention in the excerpt of the interview, carried by national media, of any consultation prior to the decision to ‘lock it down’. One was left with the feeling that not even the Government had had an input in the verdict. If that is the case, several questions must now be asked. UNILATERAL DECISION? Was Blake’s decision really a unilateral one, taken without giving an ear to the battery of track and field savvy that surrounds him? One sincerely hopes not, but if that was the case, how could they come up with what must surely be a lame decision. It clearly has not factored in the increase prestige that adheres to the country’s image since the heroics of Beijing 2008 and sustained thereafter. Would that not have attracted the financial support from investors always in search of embellishment to their own profile? Yes, it is also Olympic year, with advertising spoils to be shared with the Rio spectacle. But where are the experts and bright marketers? Could not there be a combo where those interested in the spend could invest in both and widen their reach? Again, what about the Government? If they had a say in the matter, why not say so? At least that would have focused the scrutiny elsewhere. For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

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World leaders MVP

first_imgWestern Bureau: MVP Track Club, anchored by World Championships 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ran a world-leading 43.31 seconds to win the women’s 4×100 metres at yesterday’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Fraser-Pryce powered her team to victory after receiving the baton from new teammate Bahamian Shanique Ferguson. Carrie Russell led off for MVP and took little time to close down the field before handing the baton to second-leg runner and World 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson. G.C. Foster College ‘A’ took silver in 43.94, with the University of Technology crossing the line third in 44.55. It’s a belated start to the outdoor season for the double World champion Fraser-Pryce, who showed little rust as she took control of her leg to blitz the field. “It was a good race for me; my first of the season, and I am just happy to have gotten this race out of the way,” Fraser-Pryce said. “As a team, I feel we did well, even with a new teammate, and I just couldn’t be happier, as usual, running at the Milo Relays,” she said. – More on yesterday’s meet in tomorrow’s Gleaner.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH (4-4-2)BORUC,SMITH, FRANCIS, COOK, DANIELS,RITCHIE, ARTER, SURMAN, GRADEL,KING, AFOBEAGUERO,FERNANDO, SILVA, NAVAS,TOURE, FERNANDINHO,CLICHY, MANGALA, DEMICHELIS, SAGNA,HARTMAN CITY (4-4-2)Manchester City are fourth in the Barclays Premier League, a massive 15 points behind leaders Leicester City and four points adrift of Arsenal, in third.City have won just one of their last six Premier League games – against bottom club Aston Villa – while taking just four points from a possible 24 on offer.City lost 1-0 to Manchester United last time out, having drawn 0-0 at Old Trafford; the last time City failed to score in both games of a season against a single Premier League opponent was against Arsenal in 2010-11.Indeed, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have failed to score in three of their past four Premier League games. And Man City have lost 17 of the last 18 Premier League games they have been losing at half-time, drawing the other.On the road, City have won just five times this season in the league while scoring only 13 goals in their 14 games on the road. Only West Bromwich Albion (11) and Newcastle (seven) have scored fewer away goals.Overall, City’s away games have produced only 27 goals, the joint fewest of any BPL team, equal with Southampton (For 13, Against 14) and WBA (F11, A 16).And they need to win each of their remaining five away games to equal their number of away wins in each of the previous two seasons.Bournemouth have risen to 13th after winning three of their last four and are without Tyrone Mings, Junior Stanislas and Callum Wilson while there are tests for Harry Arter and Josh King.City are without Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling while there are tests for Kevin De Bruyne, Fabian Delph, Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure and Nicolas Otamendi.last_img read more

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