President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, says he does not support calls made by one of the sport’s most powerful bodies to reset all world record marks amidst the ongoing doping crisis affecting international track and field.Chairman of UK Athletics, Ed Warner, recently announced a list of suggestions his organisation believes will return credibility to a sport that has been reeling after a doping crisis, which has seen Russia banned after alleged ‘state-sponsored doping’ and former IAAF president Lamine Diack facing criminal investigations, after he was accused of taking a bribe to protect drug cheats.However, Blake was quite clear in his opposition of the proposals, which would of course see the five IAAF world records held by Jamaica removed from the books.Usain Bolt currently holds world record marks in the men’s 100m and 200m, with Jamaica also responsible for the best ever men’s 4x100m and 4x200m times in history. Merlene Ottey also has the best mark in the women’s indoor 200m.”I don’t think that this is a viable or fair suggestion because it would penalise athletes, who have legitimately worked hard and excelled, athletes who have never been under any cloud of suspicion or anything like that, and we in Jamaica, we have a few records that would go as well,” Blake responded when asked for his views on UK Athletics’ suggestion to reset the clock.”I know over time people have wondered about certain records, but I have always been of the position that if nothing has ever been proven against the people in question, no matter what the suspicions are, you can’t do anything about that. We have to accept those records,” Blake added.BOLT’S DETRACTORS”Everybody loves to target Flo-Jo’s (Florence Griffith Joyner) record (10.49 seconds in the women’s 100m) more than any other, but let us say down the years and we look at our own Usain Bolt, his record is similarly way ahead of the competition, granted that he has always been running fast from he was a little kid, but there are doubters in the world that seem to think that Jamaica has some magic potion giving to Bolt, so what do we say to those people?” Blake reasoned.The JAAA president, who himself has had to deal with public scrutiny and failed drugs tests by high-profile Jamaican athletes, underlined his belief that the sport will move forward, while showing his support of IAAF president Seb Coe’s response.”I have looked at the five points outlined by our president and I think there is a lot of merit in those plans,” said Blake.Among other things, Coe has promised to double the anti-doping budget to US$8 million, appoint a new chief executive by the middle of the year, establish a separate integrity unit for athletics before August’s Olympics in Rio and double the current international testing pool of athletes to 1,000.See related story on B4.
Murray, who came into the match on 25 goals on the season, showed his class and dragged his team back into the contest in the 43rd minute with a spectacular free kick. In the second half, it was end-to-end action. Manchester’s Duhaney Williams along with Ajay Chin and Jevaughn Bailey troubled the Dinthill defenders with their hard running all afternoon, but to no avail. Neither team was able to break the 1-1 tie even after the first period of extra time, but with two minutes remaining in the second period Murray, shrugged off his marker to slide the ball just under the advancing Manchester goalkeeper for the 2-1 victory. It was yet another sad end to an otherwise promising season for Donovan Duckie and his Manchester side, following their 4-1 drubbing in the Ben Francis KO final last week by St Elizabeth Technical. Western Bureau: Rodave Murray proved how devastatingly good he can be with a clinical double to fire Dinthill Technical into a first ISSA-FLOW daCosta Cup final in more than three decades. Murray inspired the Anthony Patrick-coached Dinthill to a come-from-behind 2-1 win in yesterday’s semi-final at the Juici Field in Clarendon. They will meet either Ben Francis KO winners St Elizabeth Technical or Lennon High who meet today in the second semi-final set for 2:30 p.m. at the same venue. There were wild celebrations in muddy conditions for the Dinthill supporters after the final whistle was blown to signal the end of an enthralling match that swung back and forth between two evenly matched teams. In addition to his two goals Murray missed an eighth minute penalty. His effort from the penalty spot struck the upright and went out of play, with Manchester High’s goalkeeper Nicholas King well beaten. Dinthill appeared destined to pay for the miss when Manchester grabbed a 28th minute lead. Central midfielder Jarvis Mattis sent them in front with a well-taken free kick. The goal appeared to have stung Dinthill into lifting their level of play with Murray, Anthony Hewitt, Ramone Brown and Antone Rhule leading the charge with several dangerous attacks. Crucial goal
LONDON, AP – Jamie Vardy’s unconventional route to the English Premier League’s record book began with heartbreaking rejection from his hometown club at 16 and back-breaking work in a carbon-fibre factory. It later took in a conviction for assault, a police curfew that prevented him from completing games for his local team, and a 30-pounds-a-week ($45-a week) contract. And it involved working his way right up English football’s pyramid, first playing on muddy pitches against plumbers and electricians, then uncompromising lower-league defences, and then the bright lights and the big boys of the Premier League. One thing was a constant for Vardy on that up-and-down journey: An ability to score goals – and plenty of them. The hard work has paid off and tomorrow could see his crowning glory, as he goes in search of a scoring record for the ages. The 28-year-old striker, whose direct and hard-working playing style is straight out of the Sunday leagues, has scored in 10 straight Premier League games for Leicester, and another goal against Manchester United this weekend would see him break the record for scoring in consecutive games in the division. The record has been held by former Man United star Ruud van Nistelrooy since 2003. “There’s a lot of hard work gone into it,” Vardy says, “and long may it continue.” Vardy’s blossoming at the highest stage is a shock to most, although some say they saw it coming. Andy Pilley is the chairman of Fleetwood Town, an unheralded club in northern England that took a 150,000-pound ($225,000) punt on Vardy in 2011 when others were holding off despite his prolific form in non-league football. Fleetwood were also a non-league team then, and Vardy scored 32 goals in 34 games the following season to help them break into the Football League. Leicester soon came calling. “I remember saying, ‘We will watch when you play for England and when you play in the Premier League,'” Pilley told The Associated Press. “And, sure enough, that’s come true.” Vardy is currently top of the Premier League’s scoring charts with 13 goals — four more than his nearest rival — after 13 games and is playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney in England’s national team. He isn’t too dissimilar to a younger version of Rooney in the way he harasses defenders and grafts for his team, with a scrapper’s mentality. But he is quicker than Rooney ever was, and loves playing on the shoulder of defenders and seeing space ahead of him. This season, everything’s gone right — playing in a Leicester team that has bulldozed its way to the top of the league, Vardy has scored a goal every 74 minutes, all from inside the penalty area. He had only one goal at this stage last season. “It’s been a meteoric rise,” England assistant coach Gary Neville says. “The reports coming through (last season) were that he was raw, a little erratic in front of goal, but lightning quick and a handful. “He’s come into this season and he’s a completely different player. He was unpolished last season. Look at him now.” Vardy has been wearing a cast to protect two broken bones in his wrist, and scored a record-tying goal against Newcastle on Saturday while playing through injury. In truth, he’s taken knocks throughout his career. He joined the youth system of his boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday in 2002 but was released at 16, after being told he was too small. He quit football for eight months and worked in a carbon-fibre factory, a job he had to leave because of the stress on his back.
Nigel Ellis of St Elizabeth Technical stole the spotlight at yesterday’s JAAA-Puma Development meet at Kirkvine with a fast 21.37 seconds to win his heat of the Class One 200 metres.Running against a negative wind of 0.3 metres per second, Ellis ran away from his rivals for an easy win in the fastest time of the day among high school athletes.Herbert Morrison High’s Bonanza Cunningham (21.42) was second overall, with Green Pond High’s Orlando Fisher taking third overall in 21.49.Kingston College’s Roshaun Rowe was best in Class Two as he won in 21.70 ahead of Kevin Stone of Petersfield (21.86) and his Kingston College teammate Yashawn Hamilton, 22.13.best timeIn Class Three, Antonio Watson of Petersfield High led the way with 22.73. Andre Bent of William Knibb, 22.89, was second overall ahead of Papine High’s Shemar Willis, 23.12.Among the girls, Edwin Allen High’s Patrice Moody won the Class One 200m in 23.93 for the best time overall, getting the better of Holmwood Technical’s Shante Deer, 24.42.Manchester High’s Daszay Freean topped Class Two with 23.78, beating Edwin Allen’s Shellece Clarke (24.76) and Christine Irving of Holmwood, 24.77.Last year’s Class Four double sprint champion Joanna Reid of St. Jago High impressed in Class Three with a leading time of 24.10. Holmwood’s Dyandra Gray was second overall in 24,54 with third going to Kevona Davis of Edwin Allen, 24.55.GC Foster College’s Samantha Curtis was best among the women in the open half lap event after stopping the clock at 24.05. She got the better of Donya Ewars of the University of Technology, 24.33. Curtis’ teammate, Natasha Russell was third with 24.71.University of Technology’s Travene Morrison stole the spotlight in the men s 200m as he won his heat in 21.14 ahead of G.C. Foster College’s Javon Gray, 21.42 and Emmanuel Dawlson of Sweden, 21.49.
Fitness cannot be stored for future use. It will disappear if training stops. It takes only three to four weeks for the body to get out of condition. For example, strength training makes the muscles thicken. This is called hypertrophy. If the training stops, the muscle shrinks, leading to atrophy. Therefore, to maintain any improvements, exercise or training has to be repeated regularly. Training is a process based on principles which try to improve physical fitness and motor skills. It involves a balance between work, rest and recovery. Without proper rest, over training and burnout can occur. This, in time, causes performance and motivation to decrease. We all have some natural ability in sport. However, ability alone is not enough. Therefore, for steady progress and to avoid injury, the basic principles should be followed in planning an effective training programme. These five principles are designed to guide the achievement of fitness in a safe way. – Specificity – train for our own particular sport. – Progression – increase training gradually. – Overload – work harder than normal. – Reversibility – we lose fitness if we stop training. – Variation – make training interesting. The body needs time to recover and adapt to training. Therefore, the stress placed on the body must be gradual or progressive. If the stress is built up too quickly, the risk of injury is great; also, if the challenge is too difficult, it could lead to demotivation. The body training threshold informs us when training is at the optimal level. Progressive loading, with the right amount of rest period for recovery, should result in performance improvement. Training must be varied to avoid tedium (boredom). This is done by using a variety of different training methods to keep the enthusiasm and motivation. For example, follow a long workout with a short one, a high intensive session with a relaxed one, or a high-speed session with a slow one. Varying training methods also helps to avoid injuries. Principles of training Principle of specificity Principle of progression Principle of overload The body will adapt to extra stress, therefore allowing the systems to work harder than normal will increase fitness. This is done by basing the training on the FITT principle, which is increasing Frequency, Intensity and Time for the Type of activity or exercise. For example, running more times per week, completing the run in a shorter time or increasing the distance, will aid in improving aerobic fitness. Each method will overload the aerobic system, which will gradually adapt to cope with the overload, hereby improving fitness. Principle of reversibility Principle of variation This is choosing the right training for the sport or precise exercise for specific muscle groups. The type of training or exercise must be right for the type of improvement we need. Training should focus on the physiological and the psychological factors special to the activity for which the person is being trained. For example, sprinters must include a lot of speed work in their training to develop their fast-twitch muscle fibres.
SEVERAL of the island’s top netballers will be in action today as the third staging of the Berger Elite League (BEL) will get under way inside the National Indoor Sports Centre with the playing of two matches. In the opening game at 6:30 p.m., the Under-21 Shiners will take on the St Ann Orchid, while at 7:45 p.m., defending champions Clarendon Gators will oppose Kingston Hummingbirds. In the curtain-raiser, the Janet Guy-coached Orchid team will start as favourites over the National Under-21 outfit, as they have a wealth of experience in their squad. The team will include the likes of veteran Simone Forbes and Althea Byfield, and will be complemented by Shanice Beckford, Giselle Anderson and Adean Thomas, who are all part of the present national senior line-up. It will be interesting to see how the Under-21 team matches up against more experienced players as they continue their preparation for the Netball World Youth Cup slated for Botswana next July. In the feature, the Dalton Hinds-coached Clarendon Gators will be hoping for a winning start and coach Hinds, despite losing most of his players from last year’s team, remains very optimistic about their outlook for the upcoming season. “We will be without four players from last year’s winning team but our chances of retaining the title are very good,” said Hinds. Kasey Evering and Nicole Aiken-Pinnock will lead the charge here for the defending champions. Marvette Anderson’s King-ston Hummingbirds will be hoping to deny the defending champions a good start and will look towards the likes of Shameera Sterling, Stacey-Ann Facey, Thristina Harwood and Kerry-Ann Brown to pull off the win. Preceding the games there will be an opening ceremony and uniform parade involving all eight teams. The other teams involved are Under-21 Suns, St Catherine Racers and St James Sharps.
MELBOURNE, Australia, (CMC):West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine starred in an unusual role for Melbourne Renegades as they beat city rivals Melbourne Stars by seven runs under Duckworth-Lewis in the Big Bash League on New Year’s Day.Better known for his clever slow bowling, Narine was elevated to the role of opener and slammed a quick-fire 21 from 13 deliveries to get the Renegades’ innings off to a flying start at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.Sent in, Renegades stormed to 171 for four off their 20 overs, with the left-handed Narine striking two fours and six in posting 38 off 22 balls for the first wicket with captain Aaron Finch, who made 30 from 24 balls.Narine, whose knock included a commanding whip over backward square for six, finally perished in the fourth over to an excellent catch at mid on by former England star Kevin Pietersen off fast bowler Scott Boland.Cameron White then controlled the innings with an unbeaten 64 off 43 balls, in a 72-run fourth-wicket stand with Tom Cooper, who made 36.Set a revised target of 159, Stars got a top score of 45 from English opener Luke Wright, but could only muster 151 for nine.Narine was once again at the forefront, producing a stingy four-over spell, which cost just 26 runs and served up just one boundary.Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg was the leading bowler with three for 22 from his four overs.Renegades were playing without Narine’s West Indies teammate, Dwayne Bravo, who was forced out of the tournament last week with a serious hamstring injury.
HITZ 92 Fm will be ramping up its coverage of sports this year as it seeks to satisfy the demands of its audience. Patrick Anderson, group head of the sports of the RJR Communication Group, said that the outlet is increasing its coverage of sports to underline its reputation as a leader in sports broadcasting. These changes, he said, will take effect on January 9. “We are increasing our hours of sports, married with true blue Reggae music and so you are not going to get a lot of dancehall on Hitz anymore,” said Anderson. “We intend, within a year or year and half, to be the number-one dominant force for sports coverage in the country,” he said. “Apart from the fact that it is our stated aim, it is our passion, the guys and the ladies here are jumping out of their skins that they want to cover sports and I want to cover sports and that’s my passion,” Anderson said. SPORTS EXPLOSION EXTENDED NEW SHOW Chief among the changes is that the popular Sports Explosion, programme, which is hosts by Earl Bailey and Oral Tracey, has been extended by an hour and will now be heard from 9a.m.-11 a.m. There will be a call-in segment in the second hour, where listeners can call in to debate with Bailey and Tracey. Additionally, the station will be adding an all-female show, which is called the Girls’ Sports Club, which will be hosted by Karen Madden and Trishana McGowan. This show will run from 12 to 2 p.m. A music show will take place from 2 p.m.-5p.m. The Sports Grill has been extended by a day, and will now run from Monday to Friday from 5p.m.-7p.m. The programme will be an investigative show where the hosts will look at the issues in sports, instead of taking a call-in format. The programme will be hosted by Anderson and another member of the team, with details still to come in that respect. There will also be a new show called The Sports Machine, which starts on January 14 and will run from 1pm.-5p.m. This programme features live sports from all over the island as well as live intentional sports. The show will be hosted by Earl Bailey and a radio disc jockey. It will also feature reporters in the field giving live updates on sporting events. Meanwhile, live horse racing from Caymanas Park will be shifted from Power106 FM to Hitz in February. Anderson said he is very optimistic that the public will welcome these new changes. “I have every trust that the public will support it and of course we are looking for excellent support from our sponsors and advertisers,” he said. “I really appreciate Mr (Gary) Allen, Mr (Christopher) Barnes and Dr Dennis Howard, who is the new general manager for radio services for supporting this vision.”
IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERSHIPS Infantino was quick to underscore the importance of the FA forming partnerships in order to develop the sport. “Obviously, a collective effort is needed,” he stressed. “One person or organisation alone cannot do anything, but I am sure that with the help of the Government, who is very committed, and also a little bit of FIFA and CONCACAF, I am sure the results will be there.” Infantino, a former general secretary of UEFA, also praised the work of John Williams, whose administration has come in for criticism in recent times, especially for its bungling of the appointment of a national men’s coach to replace the long-serving Stephen Hart. “I have been able to witness really a new Trinidad and Tobago Football Association with a new spirit, with my friend, David, who with his passion, brings everyone with him,” Infantino said. “I have witnessed the government, who is fully behind the football association. I have been witnessing the population in Trinidad and Tobago, who is absolutely passionate for football.” He added: “[John Williams] is one of these persons who can really make things happen with his energy, his passion, and his way of working. This is certainly inspiring, and this is why I am really happy to be one of his friends.” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): FIFA President Gianni Infantino believes the establishment of the Ato Boldon Stadium as the country’s new national development centre could have a profound impact on Trinidad and Tobago football. The Italian, who took over the helm of football’s controversial world governing body last February, announced during his visit there earlier this week that the Couva venue would now become the Football Association’s home. Construction is expected to begin shortly on the building that will house the FA’s new offices. Located in central Trinidad – about 45 minutes outside of the capital of Port-of-Spain – and named after one of the country’s most heralded Olympic sprinters, the stadium was opened in 2001 and hosted games in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup that year. The facility will now also serve as the main venue for national team training and international games, though the Hasely Crawford Stadium will remain an active venue. “This will change Trinidad and Tobago football but also Trinidad and Tobago society,” Infantino said. “Football is a great game in which players, both boys and girls, are taught not only how to play football and how to be sports persons, but how to be human beings with values and respect. And this project will of course boost the whole football movement in Trinidad and Tobago. “If you work around this talent, you will have great results and it will send a strong message in the country and also in the whole CONCACAF, Caribbean and Americas on what can be achieved if you work seriously.” Infantino’s visit to the island was his first since assuming office, replacing the long-serving Sepp Blatter who was forced to step down amid corruption allegations. He was welcomed on arrival by TTFA president David John Williams and Sports Minister Darryl Smith, and later met with Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.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’“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies