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.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 4 (JIS): Beginning this week, several of the nation’s major gullies and drains will be cleaned, as the Government heightens activities to eradicate possible mosquito breeding sites.The clean-up activities, which will cost $200 million, are being carried out by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, through the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) Secretariat.This was disclosed by Minister of Health, Hon. Horace Dalley, during a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kingston, on February 2. The press conference sought to update the nation on the Zika virus (ZikV) preparedness and response.Mr. Dalley noted that while the Ministry of Health has allocated $200 million to carry out ZikV preparedness and response activities, other Ministries have also allocated other funds to assist in the fight.For his part, Minister of Local Government and Community Development,Hon. Noel Arscott, said the Ministry and all the local authorities, along with the Social Development Commission (SDC), National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), are fully on board to assist with the fight against the Zika virus.He pointed out that gullies and drains have been identified and will be cleaned. “Funds will be made available to do so,” the Minister said.Regarding the proper disposal of tyres, Mr. Arscott reminded persons to put holes in them. “Those who are unable to do so, we are asking them to fill it with sand or earth, so that you will not have any place for the breeding of the mosquitoes,” he said.In the meantime, he is urging Jamaicans to dispose of their garbage properly. “We want to get this programme of cleaning up to be year round, because what is happening is when you do an initiative like this one, people go back to their ways of carelessly discarding garbage,” the Minister said.Minister of Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, reminded Jamaicans that they have a personal responsibility to keep their spaces clean. “We have to change the culture in our country and people have to know that it is their responsibility,” she said. ZikV is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is found in and around areas where people live, work and play.ZikV is from the same family of viruses as dengue and Chikungunya, and share similar symptoms, which include fever, joint and muscle pain, conjunctivitis, headache, weakness, rash and swelling of the lower limbs.The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe illness requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.Jamaica is among 25 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region that have confirmed Zika cases. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Gullies And Drains, Hon. Horace Dalley, Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, ZikV 50,000 Jamaicans Employed Under Jeep Recommended for you
Dinajpur’s Parbatipur upazila fisheries officer was arrested from his office while accepting Tk 200,000 bribe on Tuesday, reports UNB.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) identified the official as Rezaul Karim Sarkar.A five-member ACC team caught Sarkar red-handed when he was receiving the cheque at his office around 1pm, said ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya.