Delivered under budget and within schedule, the new track at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport is expected to continue the institution’s rich heritage of sporting education. But, it was not an easy fix.One of the region’s premier sports education institution was yesterday presented with a newly constructed $170 million IAAF Level Two certified synthetic running track, two years after it was closed for safety concerns.And as the who’s who of the island’s sporting administration turned out yesterday afternoon at the Angels, St Catherine-based institution to get a close-up view of the eight-lane facility – which was entirely funded by the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and laid by German company BSW Regupol – the German company’s point man on the project wore one of the brightest smiles.Decades of useExport Director Peter Breuer shared that the project was a rather difficult one, but noted that the new surface can serve the institution for more than 30 years if properly maintained.Breuer, who first saw a badly deteriorated G.C. Foster College track in 2007 during a site visit, explained that the original track, which was laid in 1998 by the MONDO system, was built on unstable soil and was uneven at several spots.”I’m very happy with it; it came out beautifully,” he beamed. “We had to overcome a lot of problems with the ground, but everything is perfect. We were four weeks ahead of time, within the budget, and everybody is happy.”He added: “The soil was very unstable, particularly along the back straight. The track had deformed up to one metre in spots, so it was like sitting on chewing gum. That ground is still under here, so we had to ensure that the new track is stable and will not deform, and it will not deform because we have put a lot of measures in place.”Breuer noted that he expects a 30-year lifespan if properly maintained. BSW Regupol also built the current tracks at the National Stadium and the University of the West Indies.Driving sportMinister with responsibility for sport, Natalie Neita-Headley, who was speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, said: “This institution has become a national catalyst for great things in sport.”The achievement of this college goes way beyond merely handing out degrees and diplomas in physical education and coaching. It has been the main driving force behind a new culture of sport in Jamaica.”This culture has emphasised the importance of study, preparation, practice and training, and the immense value of well informed motivation and a highly educated cadre of coaches across all sporting disciplines,” added Neita-Headley.Simpson Miller is recovering from laryngitis.Meanwhile, Principal Dr Joyce Graham Royal, who spoke to the college’s expanded offerings and plans going forward, was clearly thrilled.”With the provision of this new track we can continue to move full speed ahead with the honing of the many athletes that we have in the G.C. Foster family,” she said.
President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.
On a day when American Justin Gatlin dropped a wind-aided 9.90 seconds run in The Bahamas, 2011 World 100m champion Yohan Blake signalled his return after injury issues, with a world leading 9.95 (+1.4) win in the 100m at the MVP Track and field meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night. Blake, who has been bothered with hamstring injuries, which caused him to miss the 2013 World Championships and much of the subsequent seasons, confirmed whispers out of his training camp, which pointed to an athlete in good shape, after bursting out of the blocks and out-sprinting a solid field. 200m specialist Rasheed Dwyer and Zharnel Hughes both clocked 10.10 seconds for second and third respectively. Earlier, Gatlin, while competing at the Chris Brown Bahamas Invitational at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau, stopped the clock in 9.90 seconds but had an illegal +2.3 wind pushing him along. Qatar’s Femi Ogundoe, was second in 9.94 with Trinidad and Tobago’s Adrian Griffith taking third in 10.03. Also in The Bahamas, veteran Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown had to settle for third place in the women’s 100m, 11.17 in a tight finish behind Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye, 11.14 and Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast), 11.17. Another Jamaican Aleen Bailey fell during the early stages of the race and was reportedly taken to hospital after hitting her head on the track. Quarter-miler LaShawn Merritt was a highlight at the meet, stopping the clock in a brilliant 19.78 (+0.9) to win the 200m event. Wallace Spearmon, 20.40 was next best with Mike Rodgers 20.42 finishing third, while Jamaica’s Jason Livermore was fifth in 21.01.
THE defence team for national cricketer, Odean Brown, said whereas it would have preferred an earlier start date to the player’s suspension for a doping-rule violation, understands the ruling and has accepted the decision of the Independent Anti-doping Panel.Brown was yesterday handed a 15-month ban, dating back to November 24, 2015, and which will run until February 24, next year, for three whereabouts rule violations.]Under the World Anti-doping code, three whereabouts rule violations, within a 12-month period, would constitute a doping violation, which carries a maximum sentence of a two-year ban.FINAL SUBMISSIONBrown’s case began in September last year and the final submission was made on November 24, but the ruling was not handed down until yesterday.Brown, who is off the island, was represented by West Indies Players Association (WIPA) president, Wavell Hinds, and his attorney, Patrick Foster, at yesterday’s ruling.World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) rules state that athletes must file where they will be for at least one hour, each day, with their local anti-doping agency, to facilitate being drug-tested.Foster told The Gleaner the player has accepted the decision of the panel, chaired by Kent Pantry and included Professor Archibald McDonald and former West Indies and Jamaica cricketer, Maurice Foster.”We understand the ruling. We would have preferred if the commencement date for the penalty was earlier than November 24 but, given the circumstances of the case, we understand the ruling,” he said.It came to light as early as July that Brown had a doping violation and the case began in September.”Under the rules he either gets a maximum of two years or the minimum is one year, and it’s at the lower end. The evidence suggested he was inadvertent or careless and his conduct was not suspicious,” Foster told The Gleaner.
The elaborate celebrations and official honouring of our Olympic athletes by the Government of Jamaica unfolded over the weekend: $82 million worth of ‘thank you’ to the athletes who flew the Jamaican flag high at the Rio 2016 Games. The rationale offered by many, including Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, is that the value of the exposure Brand Jamaica gets, courtesy of our athletes, is immeasurable, therefore this $80-plus million is money well spent. As a stickler for forward thinking and development, my preference will always be for investing limited resources in development programmes and support systems aimed at ensuring, as much as possible, that we continue to produce world-class track athletes down the road, rather than having one weekend of ‘feel-good mania’. Even in a context of much more urgent and pressing economic, social and infrastructural challenges affecting the wider citizenship and all crying out for funding, one can still empathise with the case being made for the importance of the athletes’ contribution to the psyche and even the well-being of our people. BIGGER PICTURE Again, that proverbial ‘bigger picture’ comes into play where limited government resources would be better spent in support of the vital school programmes that fuel the engine of our success in the sport, along with ensuring that the likes of MVP, Racers, Sprint Tech, Cameron Blazers and Akon track clubs keep developing and expanding. Political expediency manual suggests the Government will gain more ‘props’ and spectacular photo opportunities with a high-profile ‘bashment’ than investing in visionary and forward-thinking actions, such as offering long sought-after concessions for the importation of vital equipment and materials needed by the track clubs to properly prepare the athletes, or for the conspicuous less newsworthy distribution of amenities to the schools which serve as the nurseries for the athletics programmes. That is the reality of the space in which all this is happening. The decision to erect statues of the elite athletes is a good one and, not surprisingly, has gotten unanimous support. The questions of doubt arises for the gala- type celebrations and the remuneration scheme for the athletes, which sees top athletes – a lot of whom are already financially secure – walking away with what is comparatively the lion’s share of the rewards. The intentions are noble, but in a contextual reality it is far from ideal. Word leaking out is that a number of the less prominent Olympians, who were flown into Jamaica for the celebrations have quietly expressed that they would prefer getting more significant financial assistance with their training programmes and general expenses than having a one-off happy weekend. Jamaicans have gone beyond the stage where parades and parties for our returning athletes are of the essence. The novelty of high-profile success at the Olympic level has worn thin. Perhaps we have really been spoilt by our success. The performance of the athletes in Rio was basically what Jamaicans have come to expect from our athletes. We are not overwhelmed by one-off success anymore. We are now mature and sophisticated as a track and field nation and Jamaicans want and expect our recent trend of excellence to continue. In that context, the $82 million spent over the weekend, while it was not necessarily money wasted, it was certainly not money well spent. It was more like money misspent. THE REWARDS
The Olympic Gardens Major League football team is now in mourning following the death of 18 year-old forward Okeem Forth. Forth, a student of Tivoli High School, died Friday night shortly after a Magnum/Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Major League quarter-final game against Molynes United at Constant Spring Sports Complex. It is reported that he was struck on his neck by an opponent’s elbow and was substituted. Shortly after he complained of feeling weak and was rushed to the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital on Hope Road. KSAFA’s general secretary, Dwayne Dillon, released a statement earlier today: “It is with deep regret that we advise of the sudden passing of Okeem Forth, who was a prominent member of the Olympic Gardens Football Club. Okeem played in the KSAFA/Magnum Major League quarter-finals versus Molynes United last Friday night until the 83rd minute when he was assisted off the field to receive medical attention. “After initial assessments by the team, he was rushed in an ambulance to the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital in the company of the medical doctor assigned to the game. Despite the valiant efforts by the medical team at the hospital we were sadly informed of the untimely passing of this young, talented player.” The cause of death is not yet known.
Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade FILE – In this April 6, 2017, file photo, Columbia Fireflies’ Tim Tebow watches his home run in his first at bat on the opening day during a Class A minor league baseball game against the Augusta GreenJackets in Columbia, S.C. Tebow hit the ball well in his first week with the St. Lucie Mets, though his team dropped five of his first six games there. Tebow batted .429 in his first week in the Florida State League, where as expected he’s getting plenty of attention. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — Tim Tebow seems to have found his stroke since getting back to his home state.Tebow hit the first game-ending home run of his pro baseball career Thursday night, lifting the Class A St. Lucie Mets over the Daytona Tortugas 5-4 in a seven-inning game.ADVERTISEMENT It’s his third home run in 16 Florida State League games following a promotion from Class A Columbia, and his sixth home run in 80 games overall in his first season as a minor leaguer.Tebow has hit safely in 11 straight games and is batting .327 with 10 RBIs with St. Lucie. All three of his home runs with the Mets have gone to the opposite field.“The goal is just to stay behind as many balls as I can. See it, let it get deep. When you stay behind it, it goes the other way,” he said.Tebow’s high shot cleared the fence about 20 feet inside the foul pole, thrilling the 2,667 fans — many of whom arrived early to see the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner in action.The victory capped a doubleheader sweep for the Mets. Minor league teams commonly play two seven-inning games during doubleheaders.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The former NFL quarterback went deep with one out against Cincinnati Reds farmhand Austin Orewiler, smacking a first-pitch fastball over the fence in left field. Tebow was doused with Gatorade and mobbed by teammates when he reached home plate.“It was fun to celebrate with all the guys,” Tebow said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? 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’The 29-year-old Tebow said it was his first walk-off homer since his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, near Jacksonville. The former Florida quarterback did not play in his senior year in order to focus on football.“(The high school homer) was for the district championship. That felt pretty good, but this one was special,” Tebow said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Lakers’ Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, this time in Adidas
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robinson admits San Beda ‘stronger, more experienced’ team View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Without coach Yeng Guiao barking instructions and the Road Warriors sitting out most of their veterans, Ravena was handed a free rein to command the team’s offense—a test he passed with flying colors.READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMB “I know that we have a lot to improve on, on my part and the team’s behalf,” the former Ateneo superstar said.“When it comes to the PBA, you have to be ready to contribute,” added the 24-year-old Ravena, who later inked an P8.5 million max rookie contract at the team’s offices in Makati. “But we all know that we’re still far away from where we want to be and what to expect this conference. But we’ll be ready by Dec. 17.”Meanwhile, Standhardinger’s focus apart from his ABL stint is getting in touch with his Filipino fans through his vlogs and honing an unorthodox style of free throw shooting with just his right hand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger’s debut in the PBA may be one of the most anticipated in decades and this early, the Filipino-German big man gave San Miguel Beer fans a peek into what to expect from him.There’s a chance he’ll shoot free throws one-handed. Also, he hates the idea of winning Rookie of the Year.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I’m 28 years old and I think it’s unfair,” Standhardinger said. “That [award] should be given to the young guys like Kiefer [Ravena]—although he’s not that young.”READ: Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not conventional’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe last statement was made as a joke, within earshot of Ravena, at the sidelines of the exhibition match between the NLEX Road Warriors and Standhardinger’s ABL squad, Hong Kong Eastern.It was the first meeting between the two players picked 1-2 in the draft—Standhardinger was selected first overall by San Miguel Beer—and even though the visiting squad forged a 98-85 triumph, Ravena showed that he might be worthy of Standhardinger’s endorsement. “If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional. I’m just efficient,” he said of his unusual form. “That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional and I hope that it works better for me. I have a good feeling with it.”There are reports that San Miguel Beer may buy out the 6-foot-8 slotman’s contract in the ABL, giving him a chance to debut earlier than penciled—and making him eligible for the ROY race.But if he can help it, he’d rather not win the award.“I don’t want votes for the Rookie of the Year, I don’t deserve to be Rookie of the Year, and I’m not gonna be the Rookie of the Year. The young guys are the ones who are supposed to be Rookie of the Year.”If he sticks with the Lions in the ABL, that shouldn’t be a worry. He could miss enough games to disqualify him for the award.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
MOST READ After contending for practically every season since its inclusion in 1986, the Aces faced incredible uncertainty in 2017 when they experienced their worst losing streak in history at 14 straight games between the two import conferences.After a fairly decent All-Filipino Conference finishing with a 7-4 card, Alaska went into free fall in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups tallying a combined record of just 7-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Aces also ended the year with 106-98 loss to TNT on Friday, but head coach Alex Compton wants his players to just let of everything that had happened in 2017.“For us as a team, the year 2017 wasn’t that pretty,” said Compton in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “There will always come a time that you will face challenges in your life.” Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Still, Compton remains positive that they can turn things around and start on a winning note after starting the new season 0-2 in the Philippine Cup.“Then again I’ve told them to enjoy the New Year, celebrate the New Year with their families and flush everything bad down the toilet because 2018 will be the new hope.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year PLAY LIST 02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 If there’s one year that Alaska would like to forget in its storied history in the PBA, it has to be 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES
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