“They call me crazy but I won’t play; life is worth more than money”

first_imgSo if there is no paper signed on May 4, you will not go to train?Insurance. I’m not going to play or anything. And everyone will see it. And even if they fine me. Since I do not have social networks, I have no way to let everyone know. That Fali is not going to play; It will not put any person at risk. And less to my family.Are there cases of contagion within your team?To my knowledge we have had no one.The protocol, in its phases three and four (group and collective training) talks about concentrating them in a sports city or in hotels. What do you think? To whom have you transferred your position?Only the President, and now you. And if it is true that we do not have any risk, you do not have to mind signing such a paper.What did Manuel Vizcaíno say to him?The president was convincing me to be calm, but he doesn’t confirm anything to me. I am not going to put my health and that of my family before some people who want to try to force me to play soccer when it is not an essential job. That I do not help anyone. To who? People to have fun because they see us play. Those people may also go without watching soccer. No one dies for not watching soccer. And yes we can die for playing or people can die because of us. And that Fali will not consent. I have it clear. If I have to go home to work at my bar, I leave with my head held high, my head calm and happier than anyone. And I hope everyone knows that.Have you contacted the unions to get their opinion across?I’m talking to ON Soccer players, who seem to be the only ones who are understanding me. They are the only ones who think like me. Let them say that we can play and sign us a piece of paper that they are 100% safe and that they are ruined. But since they are going for the money, they surely don’t want to lose money in their life. If they sign, Fali will play. And we will play all the players without anything happening. I bet whatever you want that they don’t. It is impossible.What have the Captains of Cádiz transferred to you from the meetings with AFE?We were talking in groups and I already said that I was not going to play. They say I’m crazy, but we crazy people sometimes have two fingers in front of us. In these things you have to be very careful. I’m not going to put anyone at risk because of me. If I have to go home to eat a bologna sandwich, it will make me fat because my conscience will be very calm. I’m not going to put anyone’s life at risk because of me. Not a joke.What do you think of the LaLiga protocol to return to training?I haven’t listened to him because I don’t believe in him. When they sign what I ask, I will read the protocol from top to bottom, letter by letter. But I know no because I have been told no. I just know it’s impossible.ALVARO RIVERO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>FOOTBALL 19/20ALVARO RIVERO (DAILY AS) “If I have to go to my bar or home to eat bologna, with my head up” Rafael Giménez Jarque, better known as Fali (12-08-1993, Valencia), is central in Cádiz and played, among others, in Barcelona B and Nàstic. Despite being the leader of the Second Division, his pulse does not tremble with the possibility of resuming training and competition: either there is zero risk, and insured in writing by the institutions, or he stands up and does not play. He attends to AS to explain a position that he has already shared with its president, Manolo Vizcaíno.Before analyzing the football scene. How are you and how are your family?Well, luckily we are all fine. But what is happening outside affects us all.How do you handle confinement?Well, here, like everyone, locked up. Pulling and being at home. We remain privileged. Taking it in the best possible way even if it is a little overwhelming.And how do you manage to train?I have a stationary bike, cane it and exercise alone. I’m trying to get in shape and get to the preseason in shape. But competing is competing and all this is very complicated, it requires a thousand by one thousand and any player knows it and it is very complicated to be good at doing sit-ups and cycling. Very difficult to be at 100%.How do you keep in touch with the rest of the team?We talk a lot for WhatsApp, We have held meetings to see how each of us is doing. We are a spectacular human team (leaders in Second) and we are looking forward to starting everything, always with health ahead.There has been an agreement between CSD, RFEF and LaLiga to return to training soon. At that meeting the footballers were absent. Surprised?I have found out that maybe on May 4 or 11 we were going to start training. I have refused; I will not train. I’m not going to play. I have it very clear from the beginning. I know they call me crazy, but I have it very clear from the beginning.Cast?Health always comes first and, if it is true that they are 100% sure that we are not going to be exposed to the virus, sign a piece of paper for us. If something happens to any soccer player, something happens to them too. Let their lives also be ruined a little because our lives are ruined. Do they not understand that if something happens to us, our family will have that pain the rest of their lives in the soul? If they sign that piece of paper, I play soccer 100% safe. Let them ruin their lives if they ruin me because soccer is not an essential job. Soccer will return sooner or later, but that it returns when the health is well.It seems that he is clear.If not, let them say that players can take the COVID-19 and see which players want to play and who doesn’t. But they are not saying it. They are just saying the protocol. Health is worth more than all the millions that move in soccer in the world. We have to put ourselves before this. “The promotion? If the League has to be canceled, go ahead. This has to stop” Professionals are also afraid of injury after this break.I said that every two days it is impossible to play a soccer game. Every three days, well: Sunday, Wednesday, Sunday … The big teams are more or less used to the Champions League. And we, it is true that it is sacrificed because the temperatures are very high. But hey, if we have to make an exception, if the public asks us and what we like is this, we would have to adapt, but as long as health is assured.Suso (Seville) said that you still had to think about the next league and that this one ended. What do you think?Suso said that if there was a 1% chance of catching us, the League had to be ended. And I have no idea of ​​finishing the League: if it has to end like this, cancel it, upload the first two, start in October as Casillas said … I don’t get into that anymore. But soccer has to be resumed, because sooner or later soccer will return, but human lives are the ones that do not return. Let’s see if we find out at once.Some people think that he says it because Cádiz is the first in Second and so, if the competition is canceled, he raises without having to play more …The Fali does not want that. Fali wants to compete and it has been seen that the club always wants to win on the pitch. And if the League has to come in three or four months, well, nothing … If efforts are needed, they are made. But always with health ahead.That is to say, that it also puts health before promotion.For me, the most convenient thing could be for us to go straight or to play for Almería, but I say no. If it has to be done, it is done. But if you have to play again, you play. And if the season has to be canceled, it is canceled. And when the League returns, let us be 100% the players sure that nothing will happen. That I am not going to touch an opponent in danger or that I am going to infect a partner. The Fali wants to ascend or not to ascend, from the first moment on the pitch, for everything, because of their hobby. What can not be done with a hobby? Alone? We will try. You have to compete, but without risks. I am not an advantageist. We have to play on the grass and the decisions have to be made by them; That is why they are there in that position.Is this the most complicated situation you have ever experienced?Yes, more complicated and more angry. Do they call me crazy when I’m thinking about the health of others? Are we really going to play for money? Maybe that’s why, because since I don’t have anything in my case it’s easy. For me a person’s health is worth more than all the millions in the world. And I repeat: I will not expose anyone; Neither my family nor anyone else because of me. It’s very clear to me. The madman has to say this because I am very angry. I have courage that you don’t see. “I have refused to train as early as May 4. Soccer will return, but lives will not” I don’t see it as logical at all. Soccer is physical and mental. Mentally, you can’t spend three weeks in the room without someone like they want. But that would have to be endured, seeing the players who decide … I have no idea about that because I am not going to pay any attention to it. I want you to tell me the truth first. And it’s not worth 90%. All the people who don’t have an essential job should be at home holding the pull. We are the same as them and we have to do the same. We don’t have to compare ourselves to anyone. And since it is not an essential job, we have to stay at home. Is it because you have lived a case complicated by the coronavirus?Thanks God no. But seeing all the people there, I put myself in their shoes, you know? More than 20,000 deceased. And it is not only the 20,000 deceased. It is the pity that he leaves these families for all their remaining life. We do not give importance to them, but it is the grief that they have left for the loss of that person so close: grandparents, parents … They will not have that affection again because of this. And that we expose ourselves knowing that there is a possibility of dying. Know this and do we want to play? We are very crazy. So people have to tell us that they are 100% safe. Because I do not believe it because every day I see 400 deaths and more infected. Who says to me that I can’t catch it playing soccer? Being in my house I’m not going to get it. That’s for sure.Do you think there are more soccer players who think like you and for fear do not say it so clearly?Yes, surely. It’s very clear to me. I know when this comes out, please let all players know. I know that some do, some do not, others do not want to say it. But you have to be a little consistent, be people. It is not an essential job; they want us to play without 100% ensuring our health. Is money really worth more than life? I tell the players that we are the ones who can stop this. Everyone. Not just a club; all clubs. May the League return when we are truly safe. If we put all the clubs hand in hand, they will not be able to play soccer. It cannot, no matter how much they force us. We are the protagonists and if the soccer players say no, it is no. It is so. But we have to be everyone; not four. Let them think of all people, not themselves. Let them think of everything that can happen. Let them get into the worst. Because then the worst comes and they will say: if I had done this, it would not have happened. Well now we can do it, not when we play and on the third day there is a contagion. When I say everyone, I don’t mean just the footballers, I mean everyone who is going to be in there. Now is when we can do something. We know that if we don’t go out, we can’t catch it. And we can do it now. Do not expose lives. And if football has to come back in four or five months, let it come back but knowing that nothing will happen to us because of that virus.It’s rare to speak to a professional footballer and hear such a sincere opinion.We all have to stop this.last_img read more

Prison for nine of the eleven accused in the ‘Osasuna Case’

first_imgThe Hearing acquits the treasurer of the board of directors, Sancho Bandrés of the crime of sports corruption and condemns him for misappropriation and falsehood by imposing on him:– A sentence of three years and six months in prison and a fine of nine months with a daily fee of forty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.The prison sentence is 5 years and 6 months.To the real estate agents Cristina Valencia and Albert Nolla each of them is sentenced to nine months in prison and a six-month fine with a daily fee of thirty euros for a crime of falsification in a commercial document.Lastly, the two former Real Betis players, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres, are condemned for a crime of sports corruption, each sentenced to one year in prison and two years of disqualification from the activity of professional soccer and nine hundred thousand euros fine.The sentence also imposes on the convicted the obligation to indemnify Club Atlético Osasuna in the amount of 2,340,000 euros amount to which the irregular outflow of funds amounts during the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 seasons of the club, to which is added in the case of Messrs. Archanco and Peralta an amount of 1,000 euros and 2,600.80 euros respectively for the improperly received per diems and 600,000 euros in the case of Mr. Vizcay for a loan with an unknown destination returned from the club’s accounts. Likewise, Mr. Vizcay must indemnify Mr. Archanco in the amount of 5,000 euros for the moral damage derived from the falsification of his signature.The three magistrates of the Second Section of the Provincial Court impose greater penalties on the then manager of the club Ángel María Vizcay, by including in his sentence for the continued crime of misappropriation the loan of 600,000 that he obtained from an individual. They also consider him solely responsible for the crime of falsehood committed in the 2013/2014 season with the preparation of the false contract with the Portuguese entity Flefield and the creation of three simulated invoices to balance the mismatch of the aforementioned season. The sentence also proves that the manager Mr. Vizcay falsified said contract, stating in it a signature that appeared to be that of the former president Mr. Archanco.However, they conclude that it is appropriate to benefit Mr. Vizcay with respect to the crime of sports corruption, applying the analog mitigating confession in this sentence. The three magistrates consider that the statement made by the then manager of the club before the Professional Football League and maintained in the act of trial has been decisive in order to investigate the facts and support the conviction for this crime. Based on this, they reduce their sentence for this crime to the aforementioned of five months in prison and eleven months of disqualification.The penalty imposed on the former president of the Board of Directors, Miguel. A. Archanco and former director Jesús Peralta for the continued crime of misappropriation includes the improper perception of diets by both.It is the first sentence issued in Spain that condemns the crime of sports corruption. The Audience understands that It has been proven that the convicts, members at that time of the Board of Directors, agreed to give priority to the former Real Betis players, Srs. Amaya and Torres in order to alter the results of the sports competition, paying a total of 650,000 euros to encourage their victory against Real Valladolid on matchday 37 of the 2013/2014 season to win the match against Osasuna on matchday 38. The Second Section of the Provincial Court of Navarra has notified the ruling of the so-called “Osasuna Case”. The first conviction for the crime of sports corruption in Spain sentencing 9 of the eleven accused to between 8 years and 8 months and one year in prison of the Os Osasuna case ’. The most serious sentence is that imposed on former manager Ángel Vizcay, on whom he imposes a total of 8 years and 8 months in prison. The court acquits Diego Maquirriain, former manager of the Osasuna Foundation, and footballer Jordi Figueras. The sentence, which can be appealed to the Supreme Court and which has been handed down in less than two months since the trial ended, unanimously condemns Ángel María Vizcay, Miguel Archanco, Juan Antonio Pascual, Jesús Peralta, Sancho Bandrés, Cristina Valencia, Albert Nolla, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres and acquits Diego Antonio Maquirriain and Jordi Figueras.The penalties imposed for crimes of misappropriation, falsehood in a commercial document, accounting falsehood and sports corruption range from the total of 8 years to 8 months in prison imposed on Ángel M. Vizcay Ventura and that of one year in prison to which the two footballers, Antonio Amaya and Xabier Torres, are sentenced for the crime of sports corruptionto.The most serious sentence is that imposed on former manager Ángel Vizcay whom the Second Section of the Provincial Court condemns:– For a continuous crime of misappropriation to 4 years and three months in prison and 12 months of fine with a daily fee of forty euros.– For two crimes of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of false accounting to the penalties of 2 years in prison and 9 months of fine with a daily fee of forty euros for each of them.– To a prison term of 5 months, in addition to eleven months of special disqualification to practice as manager or similar in a sports association and a fine of three hundred twenty-five thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.The sentence totals 8 years and 8 months in prison.The sentence condemns former President Miguel Archanco Taberna and former director Jesús Peralta Gracia:– A sentence of three years and eight months in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of forty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.– A penalty of one year in prison and two years of disqualification from exercising managerial or similar position in any sports association and a fine of nine hundred thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.Total penalties with 6 years and 8 months.The then vice president of the board of directors, Juan Antonio Pascual Leache is imposed:– A sentence of three years and six months in prison and a fine of nine months with a daily fee of thirty euros for a continued crime of misappropriation.– A sentence of two years in prison and a nine-month fine with a daily fee of thirty euros for a crime of falsehood in a commercial document in ideal competition with a crime of accounting falsehood.– A penalty of one year in prison, two years of disqualification from exercising managerial or similar position in any sports association, in addition to a fine of nine hundred thousand euros for a crime of sports corruption.The total sentence is 6 years and 6 months.last_img read more

Atlético: the budget will drop between 100 and 200 million

first_imgThe primary supply of revenue comes for tv rights, and will even be affected, though if LaLiga returns in June, as deliberate, the membership will obtain an vital a part of what was signed.The Athletic, for his half, he already needed to take measures to by some means match the blow obtained. The membership carried out an ERTE for staff who are usually not having the ability develop its perform in the alert state. The primary template rwill drop his wage by 10 p.c this season and subsequent yr you will see one other 20 p.c extra.However proper now no person in the membership thinks about it. Now all the efforts of the entity look in direction of the first crew, in direction of Simeone and its footballers. If Atlético is amongst the high 4, the future in Madrid will be seen in another way. However these eleven matches will rating what might be Atlético 2020-21. Atlético performs rather a lot in what season subtraction. Sure for the Madrid membership it’s very important yearly entry to Champions, it’s way more this marketing campaign, conditioned by the disaster brought on by the COVID-19. The implications of the pandemic will have an effect on Spanish soccer and Atlético isn’t any stranger to it. The purple and white entity will need to wait till the finish of July for know your budget for the monetary yr 2020-21. Shall be totally different if Atlético qualifies for the Champions League or it doesn’t.The Atlético has had 500 million of budget This marketing campaign and the goal of the entity of the Metropolitan Wanda was to extend it yr after yr. It will not be potential. The disaster will drive Atlético to cut back the budget, which could possibly be 400 million euros. That in the greatest case. If Simeone’s crew isn’t amongst the high 4, the budget could be much less: it might considerably exceed the 300 million euros.The Athletic, because it occurs with the Spanish golf equipment, will see lowered all of your revenue plots. The membership will need to compensate their subscribers for the video games this season that will be performed behind closed doorways, as Atlético has already introduced in a press release. And the subsequent marketing campaign It isn’t but recognized when it will start and the matches that will be performed door closed. At the degree of sponsors, Atlético will additionally need to commerce down the agreements you have already got signed. On the different hand, revenues have additionally been lowered at the retailer degree, one other excellent financial supply for the entity.last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgSamuels fined KOLKATA, India (CMC): West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee following a verbal altercation with England all-rounder Ben Stokes during Sunday’s final of the T20 World Cup. Samuels, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 66-ball 85, was accused of using abusive and offensive language directed at Stokes, a Level One breach. He was found to be in violation of Article 2.1.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match”. Samuels has admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Ranjan Madugalle of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. Level One breaches normally carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand and a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee. Four WI cricketers in ICC teams KOLKATA, India (CMC): Four West Indies cricketers have been included on the ICC teams of the tournament following the T20 World Cup which ended here on Sunday. Stafanie Taylor has been appointed captain of the women’s team, which also includes her teammate all-rounder Deandra Dottin. The West Indies women captain, who was awarded player of the tournament, has been placed at the helm of a line-up that also comprises four players from New Zealand, two players each from Australia and England, and one player each from Pakistan and South Africa. Spinner Samuel Badree and all-rounder Andre Russell are the two West Indies players in the male line-up led by India’s Virat Kohli, player of the tournament. An ICC statement says the teams were chosen by a select group of former cricket stars and commentators who were given the task of picking a balanced side for all conditions on the basis of performances in the tournament.last_img read more

‘MoBay City Run could be a catalyst for major sports tourism drive’

first_imgWestern Bureau:In addition to being the tourist capital of Jamaica, Montego Bay, through its MoBay City Run, coupled with the plethora of some of the best golf courses in the Caribbean, could become a major pull for travellers seeking high-end sports and wellness activities.The idea was pitched at yesterday’s press briefing for the May 1 MoBay City Run by Dr Horace Chang, in whose North West St James constituency the event has been located since inception.”The entire community has begun looking at the City Run as a calendar event for Montego Bay and I want to commend the organisers and those who originated the idea, as it brings out not only the support for higher education, but also brings the city together,” said Chang.”In addition to that, it could well become another event to attract a high volume of our visitors, as we are still the resort capital of Jamaica and indeed the Caribbean,” he added.UNIQUE POSITIONThe run, he said, could easily become part of the international 10K/5K calendar and with the large number of golf courses and available tennis courts, Montego Bay is uniquely positioned to benefit from the lucrative sports tourism market.He said the city has the required infrastructure to facilitate tourists in large numbers.This year’s event will also celebrate the establishing of Montego Bay’s city status 35 years ago.Montego Bay Mayor Glendon Harris told The Gleaner that the City Run will highlight the best of Montego Bay, acting as a unifying force in a city that struggles at times to maintain its good name.Both Chang and Harris were participants in the inaugural staging of MoBay City Run in 2014 and have used their respective offices and status within the city to endorse the event, which pulled well in excess of 2,000 participants last year.The event has raised more than $6.5 million in its two years, while supporting education with valuable scholarships to more than 200 students at the tertiary level so far, and organisers are hoping to double the recipients’ pool this year.Entry Fee: Groups – 20 or more – $1,500 per person; individuals – $2,000 (Early Bird Special), which ends on April 15.After April 15, the registration cost will increase by $500 per category (group or individual).Janet Silvera, chairman of the MoBay City Run Organising Committee, revealed that registration has been going well and that they have surpassed 1,500 registered participants at this early stage.last_img read more

CUMI Come Run inks million-dollar deal with Wisynco

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: The 2015 staging of the CUMI (Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill) Come Run 5K and 10K Road races is set to attract its biggest number of participants in the seven years since its inception, with early projections pointing to more than 800 athletes. The disclosure was made at the event’s press launch at Pier One in Montego Bay on Thursday, along with news that local conglomerate, Wisynco Group Limited, has joined forces with CUMI as title sponsor to the tune of one million dollars. Wisynco Group regional manager, Vivian Newman, told The Gleaner the move was a strategic one, which will serve to help place mental health issues at the forefront of national issues needing special attention. “The work that CUMI is undertaking is a critical one which serves to uplift the nation. We at Wisynco therefore thought it best to join forces with them in order to keep the light shining on this very important issue of mental health,” said Newman. “We hope to have a long and beneficial association with CUMI as we strive to play our part in Jamaica’s development,” Newman added. CUMI Come Run will once again take place at the picturesque Tryall Golf Club in Hanover on September 19, starting with pre-race warm-up session at 6 a.m., before the actual races at 7 a.m. The course will take runners and walkers around and over the challenging course, which includes two hill climbs, making it one of the most challenging 5K courses in the island. Four hydration stops are also included. Track events managers, Running Events, will be on board for another year, while some of the usual sponsors Xerox, Sandals Foundation, National Health Fund (NHF), the CPJ, Rainforest Seafoods, Solo Jamaica, JMMB and Fontana Pharmacy have all returned. All proceeds from the event will go towards providing the necessary medical and other needs of mentally ill and mentally challenged persons in Montego Bay and throughout western Jamaica.last_img read more

Bolt to conquer Beijing again – Mills

first_imgNEW YORK (CMC):Usain Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, has backed the superstar to come good at this month’s World Championships in Beijing.The 28-year-old Bolt will enter the August 22-30 showpiece at the Bird’s Nest Stadium with question marks over his form, after a series of lacklustre performances in recent months.However, Mills said while Bolt had suffered several injury setbacks recently which had affected his preparation, he was the type of athlete who was always highly motivated for the major championships.”The last two years have been very challenging for both Usain and myself,” Mills was quoted as saying.”Unfortunately, he has had a number of different injuries to overcome which have affected his training and the number of competitions he has been able to compete in.”But Bolt is a champion who knows nothing but excellence when performing on the world stage.”Gatlin challengeBolt enters the World Championships as the defending champion in both the 100 and 200 metres following his conquests in Moscow two years ago, but with a serious challenge expected from resurgent American Justin Gatlin.This year, Gatlin has produced the better form, posting world-leading times of 9.74 seconds in the 100 metres in Doha back in May and 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the US Trials in Oregon the following month.Bolt’s 100 metres best this year has been a 9.87 clocking under pressure in London last month.The injury issues last year and early this season have been a major problem, but Mills said a few changes to his training regime had proven productive.”We have been making a number of changes on the way he trains and have been getting results,” said Mills. “However, I would have wanted him to have had more races.”Bolt is the finest sprinter in the history of the sport. He captured the sprint double at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and successfully defended the titles at the following Olympiad in London three years ago.He also did the double at the Berlin World Championships in 2009 and only a false start in the 100m at the 2011 edition in Daegu prevented him from completing yet another double.last_img read more

Hubert Lawrence: Sherone Simpson – comeback of the year

first_imgAwards are flying around the world in this festive season and, thankfully, some have come Jamaica’s way. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and young Christopher Taylor have gotten their share from sporting bodies and media organisations alike. There may well be more to come. One oft overlooked category might include sprinter Sherone Simpson. When she came back from a minor drug suspension for unintentional use of a stimulant in 2014, she was a shadow of the woman who had been a mainstay of the Jamaican team for more than a decade. Her return to prominence is the comeback of the year. An Olympic 100m finalist in 2004, Commonwealth 200m winner and world number one over 100 metres in 2006, joint Olympic silver medallist in the 100m in 2008, and repeat World Championship finalist in the 200m, Simpson has a portfolio many envy. Added to that, her speed and safe hands have made her a key member of the 4x100m unit that has become the best in the world. REGAINING COMPETITIVE FORM Asafa Powell managed to regain his usual sub-10 form late in the 2014 sprinting campaign with victory over Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey-Cole. Simpson, however, struggled and aborted her 2014 season early. It was painful to watch. This year, with the guidance of coach Maurice Wilson, she gradually regained competitive form. Instead of the slouchy 2014 200-metre fourth place at the Jamaican National Championships, she looked more like her urgent self. A near dead heat with former MVP Club training partner Fraser-Pryce in the 200 metres at the UTech Classic heralded her progress. At this year’s Nationals, she was a strong second-place finisher in the 200 metres, and a flying fourth in a fast 100-metre final. In 2014, she logged times of 11.34 and 23.38 seconds in the 100m and 200m, respectively, at the Nationals. This year, the corresponding figures depicted a much brighter picture at 11.14 and 22.62. Her 100-metre win at the Pan-Am Games was wonderful. Seizing the moment, Simpson produced a winning time of 10.95 seconds. It was her 13th sub-11 clocking and her first since 2008. Out in the 100-metre semis in the World Championships, the 32-year-old comeback kid reached the 200m final, where she ran a season’s best time of 22.50 seconds and chipped in with a high-speed first leg to help Jamaica to reach the 4×100-metre final. CLEAN SLATE Her comeback would be perfect if the authorities would wipe her slate clean. After all, it’s been proven that the company that supplied the tainted supplement that got her and Asafa Powell in trouble was guilty of incomplete product labelling. She and Powell sued the offending company and won an out-of-court settlement. If the USA track and field association, USATF, can back Allyson Felix in her quest to run both the 200 and 400 metres at the 2016 Olympic Games, perhaps the JAAA can help our two heroes erase the blot on their reputations. That, and an individual Olympic medal next year, would make Simpson’s comeback complete. If she stays injury free, success is possible. – Hubert Lawrence was making notes at track side when Sherone Simpson ran for Manchester High School at Girls’ Championships 2002.last_img read more

McCatty: Refs to blame for basketball foul up

first_imgVeteran basketball official, Howard McCatty, has agreed with the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association’s (ISSA) competition’s director, George Forbes, that the referees are to blame for the incident which forced game one of the ISSA Southern Conference under-19 basketball final to be ruled null and void and ordered replayed.McCatty, a former basketball president and currently a referees’ trainer and technical commissioner, said the match officials erred by not ensuring that the teams were checked, even though others are sometimes assigned to fulfil this task.”They (referees) should have checked the identification cards before the game started. But, here in Kingston, we usually have someone checking it, and they (refs) thought it was checked by the table,” he explained.CHECKING ID’S”But I would put the blame on the referees because a technical commissioner should be at the table to check all IDs. In Northern (Conference), I check all IDs before the games starts,” he added.Calabar won game one of the series, only for Camperdown to launch a protest against their opponents for not having their IDs available for the game.However, ISSA investigations revealed that Calabar had no IDs. Camperdown did not have their full complement either and, as a result, a replay was ordered. Forbes blamed the match officials for not upholding the rules.”Our rules are quite simple, and that is you must have an ISSA-issued ID. The referees are the ones causing the problem. How do they know that a player has an ID? If I am the referee and I know you and I say you can play, that does not mean you satisfy the criteria,” Forbes said recently.McCatty admitted that sometimes schools have ID issues when they come to games, and insists that once it can be verified that a player is legitimate, they try to accommodate the schools as best as they can. However, he says next season, there will be no room for such leniency with the regulations.last_img read more

Campion cruises to title with draw

first_imgKINGSTON: Campion College are winners of the PCJ Group National Schoolgirls Chess Champion-ship, securing a 1.5-1.5 draw against Immaculate Conception High in the final round of the tournament at PCJ Auditorium, in St Andrew. Campion went into the fourth and final round on six points, needing only a draw against Immaculate to secure seven points and top honours. Despite being the superior team on paper, Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee decided not to take any chances, eventually offering draws to their less-fancied opponents on all three boards. Three teams ended on six points each, including Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’, Immaculate Conception and Excelsior High ‘A’. Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’ took home second place on a tiebreaker over Immaculate, adjudged third. Excelsior ‘A’ ended fourth. Green Island High ‘A’ and Holy Childhood High ended on four points each. However, when the tiebreaker system was employed, Green Island ‘A’ took fifth place over Holy Childhood, who had to settle for sixth position. TIEBREAKER Wolmer’s Girls ‘B’ were seventh with three points and Excelsior High ‘B’ took eighth place on a tiebreaker over Green Island ‘B’, as both teams ended on two points. The Best Rural team award went to Green Island ‘A’. Individual category prizes were awarded to Campion’s Sheanel Gardner, Aulanni Kidd and Janique Lee, who were declared Best Board One, Best Board Two and Best Reserve, respectively. The Best Board Three prize went to Alliyah Yankana of Wolmer’s Girls ‘A’. Campion’s coach, National Master Ryan Blackwood, was adjudged best coach. In closing the championship, chair of the Jamaica Chess Federation’s (JCF) women’s chess committee, Listra Clemetson, said they want to use the championship as a springboard. “The JCF’s women’s chess committee is very pleased with the revival of schoolgirls chess, and we plan to use the foundation we have laid this year to build for the future,” said Clemetson. “We are thankful to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, who, over the last year and a half, has embraced the vision for the growth of the sport of chess in Jamaica at the junior level, through their support of the high schools chess championships, and we are encouraging other corporate bodies to throw their weight behind the sport,” she added.last_img read more