Roland Garros will not hold its next edition without an audience

first_imgThe scenario in France is delicate. Not solely has the pandemic affected the event of regular life, but additionally sports activities. And the shadow of doubt hovers over the 2 jewels in his crown: the Tour de France and Roland Garros. Within the absence of understanding whether or not or not they will succeed and beneath what circumstances, the sports activities minister in France, Roxana Maracineau, yesterday was answerable for making one factor clear: the Parisian Grand Slam (from September 20 to October 4) will not be without an audience, similar to the Grande Boucle.“These occasions require spectators for the field workplace at Roland Garros and pleasure within the Tour de France. They will be suspended if there’s authorization for the general public to withhold, “Maracineau defined because the portal says. UbiTennis, due to this fact, they could possibly be suspended whether it is not sure that the spectators will have the ability to attend the appointment as a result of coronavirus. For the second, it ought to be famous that sporting occasions bringing collectively at the very least 5,000 persons are canceled in France till September, figures that the Parisian Grand Slam far exceeds every season. “Clearly, a restoration in mid-June is the optimum situation, however there are others. The resumption of the championships maybe in September, together with clearing this yr to have the ability to resume, at finest, within the next season. The ban on mass gatherings may stay in impact till additional discover or till we discover a vaccine or therapy. If occasions like Roland Garros and Tour de France can’t discover new dates, it received’t be the tip of the world. No doubt, it will be the tip of many issues that had been supported by the revenue of those tournaments and the Tour de France. We now have to reinvent ourselves if a yr is misplaced, “the minister concluded. In France they’re making ready for the worst.last_img read more

Roberto Carlos: “Vinicius, Rodrygo and Reinier are already demonstrating in Madrid”

first_imgRoberto Carlos, on Baptista: “He is a great friend. He still trains a lot, almost more than before. His career speaks for itself. He came to Madrid because he had a lot of quality and here he proved to be a very strong player, to have a lot of class … Also in the Brazilian team.”Baptista, about Liga 31: “It was an incredible experience. Real Madrid has always been and always will be a team that wins with suffering, with the players struggling, and against Osasuna it was no different. We were left with ten, Schuster made very offensive changes and the courage and the Our courage to save that League made that day something incredible. “Baptista, about that Madrid from 2007-08: “It had changed a bit, with younger players, but it was still competitive. It was necessary to adapt, but that in Madrid does not exist because titles are always needed. And we got the League.” It’s been 12 years of League 31 of Real Madrid and the club’s television has brought together one of its protagonists this Monday, Julio Baptista, and Roberto Carlos. The two intimate Brazilians have reviewed anecdotes from their player stages at the Bernabéu. His decisive goal in the Camp Nou Classic: “It was a very important moment because we came from behind Barcelona and beating them in their field was a blow at the table to go for the title. We were very psyched about what we could do. It was a very very good match in all aspects and I had the fortune to score the goal to win that game. The play was very fast, the ball bounced and I waited a bit because they are the most difficult balls to catch and hit as well as possible. I cannot say that I wanted to put it there because it was Impossible, but it turned out better than I wanted. It was very important, especially within Madrid, so it is a Classic, scoring, especially at the Camp Nou. It is one of the most important in my career. “Roberto Carlos, on whether Baptista is the strongest player he has agreed with: “I think so. He is a different player, look at the power he has. It took him a long time to find his position in Europe, but in Sevilla, having the freedom to play, he scored many goals. And in Madrid, with great players, the same People were very happy with him. He dribbled well, he jumped well … “.Baptista, on the power of Roberto Carlos: “I never saw and we will never see the ball hit as hard as Roberto Carlos.”Roberto Carlos, on the Galacticos: “There were 60,000 people in the stadium to watch our warm-up. It wasn’t just because of the warm-up, we went out to make people believe that Madrid could not lose at the Bernabéu. The most important thing is that we were friends on and off the field” .Roberto Carlos, on the new generation of Brazilians: “They are still young, but they are already proving to be great players. Vinicius has shown in Madrid and has gone with the Absolute. Rodrygo, with his calmness, has shown Zidane that he is available to help the team with his joy when he needs it. Reinier, in his first matches with Castilla, has shown what the Brazilian player is like, making a difference and showing Zidane that he is ready for when he needs him. Also with Brazil. “last_img read more

Young Jamaican swimmer making waves in Florida

first_imgYoung Jesse Marsh’s national 13-14 age group 100 metres butterfly record, set at the long course time trial at the SPEEDO Winter Juniors in Atlanta, United States, last weekend, is causing a buzz in the local swimming fraternity. The Florida-based St Andrew’s student lowered the previous mark of 59.27 seconds to 58.49 and became the first local 13-14 age group swimmer to go below the 59 seconds marker. Jesse’s father and former Swim Jamaica vice-president, Allan Roy Marsh, described the young swimmer’s achievement as surprising, noting that Jesse did not practise the 100 butterfly since July, and has basically been competing on his own. “To some extent, it was (surprising). He has been working hard and working consistently. What was surprising is that he was able to go to the US junior nationals in Atlanta the week before and break the butterfly record, improving his time by a second-and-a-half. “That was surprising, because it was such a big meet, and he was not at his best. But he has been putting in the work, and we are happy,” he told The Gleaner. GREAT POTENTIAL “We knew he had the potential to do it, and he basically swam the race by himself and on the last day of the meet. This was the first butterfly he had competed in the long course pool since July, so he wasn’t in practice for it, but he was able to carry his condition in from his training,” he continued. Marsh has been getting rave reviews from local swimming experts, who are hailing him as the next big thing from the pool. But his father is not so sure just now. He wants the young swimmer to develop and take things in stride. “There is a positive feedback because we do not have many national age group records, and there are people reacting very positive towards this. He trains consistently. The coaches admire his work ethic. Among his current coaches at St Andrew’s school in Boca Raton, Florida, is a former Jamaican swimmer, Ramon Walton. Walton says Jesse is very coachable and he works, and they told me he was the only swimmer who made every practice this high-school season. “This is something he loves to do, I never had to push him. I just gave him support, and I am very pleased (with this achievement). But it’s what he wants to do, because you can’t really predict the future of young age group swimmers. So many things can happen, so many distractions can take place. “So talent is only the beginning, work rate is what is important. The older the swimmer gets, his work ethic and being coachable are more important. Talent alone cannot take you to the highest level; you need work ethic and belief. But if you continue to work you will move up the ranks as you get older,” he stated.last_img read more

Dacres makes discus history … again

first_imgLast week, Fedrick Dacres won Jamaica’s first ever Pan-American Games gold medal in the discus throw. His coach, Julian Robinson, says Dacres, who is also Jamaica’s first World Youth and World Junior discus winner, has been through a lot to earn his latest success. The lanky thrower came close to his coach’s distancetarget at the Games in Toronto and is building towards next month’s World Championships.Referring to injuries Dacres has suffered in the last fewseasons, Robinson said, “To see him come and win now, it really warms my heart, and I was happy for him because he has had disappointments.”The gold medal in Toronto came with a winning throw measured at 64.80 metres. That was just short of the 65 metres mark Robinson thinks is required of throwers who seek World Championships medals.mid-season injury”At the World Championships, you’re going to have a qualifying round, and typically, people who advance to the top 12 will have to throw in the region of 65m,” he postulated.”I reason that for him to get a medal he will need to produce at least two 65 metres throws,” he said.Dacres produced two 64m efforts in Toronto, his winning throw and another effort of 64.40m. Prior to a mid-season biceps injury, Dacres produced throws measured at 66.40m and 66.30m. Since his return tocompetition, he took top spot in last month’s National Senior Championships.He will continue to build strength, power and technique as the World Championships approach.”I think that in the 30-odd days that remain, we can do some more work so that we’re in a better position going into the World Championships,” said coach Robinson.Robinson had high praise for Odayne Richards, who won Jamaica’s first Pan-Am gold in the shot with a national and Games record of 21.69m. The success of both throwers led the coach to make a recommendation to his colleagues.”Our human resource is such that we can produce jumpers, sprinters, throwers and middle distance people,” he essayed, “and I would hope that our coaches would not limit the young talent to sprinting alone but would consider other disciplines.”last_img read more

History and development of major sporting events

first_imgCommon wealth Games The Commonwealth Games were first held in Hamilton, Canada. It was borne from an idea in 1891, that the Games would be a good way to bring the countries of the British Empire together in a friendly competition. Thus it is also known as the ‘Friendly Games’. The Games are held every four years in between the Summer Olympics and include some sports that are mainly played in Commonwealth countries such as netball and rugby. CARIFTA Games In 1972, Austin Sealy, then president of the Amateur Athletic Association of Barbados, inaugurated the CARIFTA Games to mark the transition from the Caribbean Free Trade Association (CARIFTA) to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CARIFTA was meant to enhance relations between the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean after the dissolution of the West Indies Federation, but the CARIFTA Games took that idea a step further, including the French and Dutch Antilles in an annual junior field championship meet. The meet is held yearly and normally runs over three days during the Easter period and includes over 150 separate events. The Games has two age categories for boys and girls: under-17 and under-20. Pan American Games The Pan American Games (also known colloquially as the Pan Am Games) is a major sporting event in the Americas featuring summer sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The competition is held among athletes from nations of the Americas. The first Pan American Games were held in Buenos Aires in 1951. This is held every four years, before the Summer Olympic Games and is open to all countries in the Americas whose Olympic Committee is recognised by the Pan Americas Sport Association (PASO). This currently includes 42 nations from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. PASO is responsible for choosing the host city for each Pan American Games and the program, consisting of the sports to be contested at the Games, is determined by PASO. Paralympics The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event, involving athletes with a range of physical disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee. This competition was borne from the idea of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, who first organised wheelchair games at stoke Mandeville Hospital in England for injured veterans of the Second World War. The games were intended to help rehabilitate the disabled soldiers. Special Olympics The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to train and take part in Olympic-styled events. The Special Olympics was founded in the 1950’s as a summer camp by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who felt that intellectually disabled people were treated unfairly. Special Olympics World Games are held every two years. The most recent World Summer Games were the Special Olympics World Summer Games, held in Los Angeles, California from July 25, 2015 to August 2, 2015 and the most recent Special Olympics World Winter Games were held in Pyeongchang, South Korea from January 29 to February 5, 2013. World Cup The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s of the members of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sports’ global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champions are Germany, who won their fourth title at the tournament in Brazil. The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase – which currently takes place over the preceding three years – to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. A total of 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s) and defending champions, compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.last_img read more

Taylor-made! – Calabar star rewrites record books again

first_img With Tyreke Wilson missing due to injury, his Calabar teammate Dejour Russell seems to have little to be worried about where the Class Two Boys 100m gold medal is concerned. Russell followed Wilson to the line in a Calabar one-two at last year’s championships, but he is expected to boss the event this time around. He was certainly commanding in winning his heat yesterday afternoon, stopping the clock at 11.49 with little effort. He was still making his way back to the Stadium East area when Munro College’s AndrÈ Edwards posted 10.95 to win his heat and perhaps give the Calabar man something to think about, with JC’s Chislon Gordon, 11.06, and Gary Gordon (St Jago), 11.28, also advancing impressively. Top-billed Jamaica College (JC) pair of defending Class One triple jump champion, O’Brien Wasome, who already won gold in the Class One Boys’ long jump on Wednesday, and record holder Clayton Brown will take their rivalry into today’s final after both booked safe passage from yesterday’s preliminary round. Wasome won his section with a 14.61m effort ahead of Calabar man Javier Lowe, 14.38m, and Old Harbour’s Ryan Brown, 14.15m. Brown was third in his section with a mark of 14.47m, but there is a lot more in the tank. Jordan Scott (Campion), 15.04m, led all qualifiers, with Calabar’s Gabriel Allen, 14.49m, also doing well to qualify. St Jago’s Keenan Lawrence is the form athlete in the Class Two Boys’ 1500m, with many expecting him to seriously test Kemoy Campbell’s record of 3:58.06 set in 2007 He was comfortable in qualifying for the final, winning his heat in 4:12.98 ahead of Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson, who posted 4:13.40 for second place. St Elizabeth Technical’s Dwight Mason was, however, the fastest among the qualifiers, stopping the clock at 4:12.89. The Class One equivalent saw Rusea’s athlete Akeem Colley, who won his heat in a season’s best 4:05.40, registering the quickest time going into the final, with gold-medal favourite and defending champion Shevan Parkes finishing second in a time of 4:06.01. Samara Spencer of Hydel High leads all qualifiers into tomorrow’s final of the Class One long jump – set for 4:53 p.m. – after registering a huge season best of 6.04 metres during yesterday’s prelims. Excelsior will seek to continue their fine showing at this year’s championships in the Class Four high jump final as their duo of Shantae Foreman and Daniel Harris both cleared 1.55m, with gold-medal favourite Foreman doing so on her first attempt. Amelia Davis of Wolmer’s Girl led six others who cleared 1.50m. Calabar will have to work deep into Saturday night if they are to retain their title, but they certainly have the tools to do so. “I am not perturbed. We still have enough depth to go on and win,” said Calabar’s head coach Michael Clarke. Taylor, who already helped himself to the 400m record on Tuesday, was clearly not satisfied as he powered through the line in his Class Two Boys’ 200m semi-final, stopping the clock at 20.80, which betters another Calabar man – Ramone McKenzie’s 20.89 run in 2007. His schoolmate, Dejour Russell, followed up that run with an impressive one of his own, clocking 21.08 to win his semi-final, knowing very well that the defending champions will be banking heavily on maximising points in this event in tomorrow’s final. Herbert Morrison scored an unlikely one-two in the Boys’ Class Three high jump final, pushing with gold-medal winner Antonio Hanson and his teammate, Javeir Hall, both clearing 1.85m, in the process pushing pre-Champs favourite Lamar Reid (Calabar), 1.75m into third place. Edwin Allen High’s Janique Burgher won the Class Three girl’s high jump event after clearing 1.70m ahead of Shauntia Davidson (Hydel), 1.65m, and Excelsior’s Kaliah Jones, who also cleared 1.65m. In a closely contested girls Class Four long jump final, St Jago’ Dayshanae Hall took home the gold with a 5.17m leap, finishing ahead of Edwin Allen’s Paula-Ann Chambers, 5.14m, and Excelsior’s Samoya Neil, 5.13m. Petersfield’s Sanjae Lawrence took gold in the Class One Boys’ discus event with a 53.90m heave to get the better of Excelsior’s Phillip Barnett, 53.78m, and Calabar’s Warren Barrett, who would have been disappointed with his 52.88m bronze-medal mark. The Boys’ Class Two shot put title was won by Petersfield’s Daniel Cope, with a distance of 16.81m. Second place went to Meadowbrook’s Cobe Graham, 16.22m, with another Petersfield athlete, Courtney Lawrence, 15.62m, taking third. Michael Campbell (JC), who clocked 10.83, and Jhevaughn Matherson (KC), 10.95, both dipped below 11 seconds despite a strong headwind in the Class One Boys’ 100m, with other podium contenders Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 11.02, and Nigel Ellis (St Elizabeth), 11.04, also looking comfortable in qualifying to today’s semi-finals. CLASS TWO’S DEJOUR RUSSELL RETAIN TITLE Kingston College (KC) continue to go about their business in a workmanlike manner; Calabar High had another so-so day; Christopher Taylor is at it again; and the Edwin Allen machine is cranking into high gear. The ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships had its fair share of high points yesterday, and with today’s penultimate day of competition promising major excitement with the 100m finals and key hurdles and field events battles, it’s the KC faithful who are happiest at this stage. The boys from North Street lead the way with 37 points, with Jamaica College (JC) keeping them company with 33.5. Petersfield High’s team has impressed all week and they are currently third on 28 points, with St Jago as next best on 24, and defending champions Calabar in fifth with 23.5 points. Edwin Allen have been hitting the right keys so far, hardly putting a foot wrong since the opening day of competition. They are on course to defend their Girls’ title with 47 points after six events, 14 ahead of Hydel, with Excelsior in third place on 26 points. Holmwood (24) and St Jago (23) round out the top five.last_img read more

Arsenal join City at top of EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Welcome to the Premier League, Bob Bradley. The first American coach in the 24-year history of the Premier League got a taste of the frantic nature of England’s top division in his debut match in charge of Swansea, a 3-2 loss at Arsenal yesterday.Lots of goals, a red card, momentum swings, a nerve-wracking finish. It was some first game for Bradley, but ultimately, a sixth loss in the last seven league games for Swansea and a reminder of the scale of the task facing the much-travelled 58-year-old coach.”That was an exciting game,” Bradley said, “but it didn’t finish the way we wanted.”Defensive mistakes by Swansea allowed Theo Walcott to score twice and put Arsenal 2-0 ahead by half-time at Emirates Stadium. Bradley’s new team showed spirit to fight back against the league’s most in-form team, with Gylfi Sigurdsson making it 2-1 and Borja Baston setting up a tense ending with a 66th-minute goal to make it 3-2.In the end, Mesut Ozil’s stunning volley in the 57th minute was the difference between the two teams, earning Arsenal a sixth straight win that left them tied on 19 points with first-place Manchester City after eight games.Arsenal finished with 10 men after midfielder Granit Xhaka’s 70th-minute red card.City stayed in top spot despite a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Tottenham missed the chance to take over in first place after also drawing 1-1 at West Brom.MAN CITY 1 EVERTON 1After starting his City tenure with 10 straight wins, Pep Guardiola has now gone three matches without a victory after this draw at Etihad Stadium. City will wonder, though, how they failed to beat Everton.City had two penalties saved – by Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero either side of half-time – and needed a 72nd-minute goal by substitute Nolito to earn a point from a game they dominated.Everton went ahead in the 64th through Romelu Lukaku, his sixth goal in the last five league games.WEST BROM 1 TOTTENHAM 1With City drawing, Spurs could have gone top with a fifth straight league win, but needed an 89th-minute goal by Dele Alli to claim a point at The Hawthorns and preserve their undefeated record.Nacer Chadli put West Brom ahead in the 82nd minute with his fourth goal in five games since moving from Tottenham for a club-record transfer fee.Alli finally broke the resistance of West Brom and its impressive goalkeeper Ben Foster when he turned home a finish from 10 metres, his second goal in as many league matches.Other results: Chelsea 3 Leicester 0; Bournemouth 6 Hull 1; Crystal Palace 0 West Ham 1; Stoke 2 Sunderland 0.last_img read more

Samuels supports Miller’s appointment

first_imgNewly-appointed coach Robert Samuels believes spin bowler Nikita Miller is the right person for the position of captain of the Jamaica Scorpions heading into the new-look regional four-day Digicel SportsMax WICB Professional League.A consistent performer for the national team since making his four-day debut 16 seasons ago, Miller replaces young batsman Paul Palmer Jr.”Nikita has proven himself to be a leader on and off the field,” said Samuels of the 34-year-old, who earlier this year led the team during the regional one-day NAGICO Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB”Sitting in the dressing room and listening to Nikita talk about cricket and talk to the players, and how the players relate to him, I think he is the right man for the job at this time,” he declared.The previous selection of the now 24-year-old Palmer Jr, a former national Under-19 captain, but whose ascendancy to the post came as somewhat as a surprise last season, was made by the then Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel.The selection panel also included Robert Haynes, Wayne Lewis, Delroy Morgan and Cleveland Davidson.However, coinciding with the re-election of Jamaica Cricket Association president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven earlier this year, the panel has been changed.The selection panel now consists of three standing members with outgoing national coach Junior Bennett the new chairman, and returning selector Ephraim McLeod, as well as Samuels being the other members.DIFFEERENT APPROACHThis change in personnel, according to Samuels, has since taken a different approach to the selection of a leader with merit of a place in the team being an important barometer.”The first thing one should do is select a leader that can command and demand a position in the team first and foremost,” said Samuels.”Nikita has commanded and demanded his position in the team over the years, is an avid performer season after season, and for this the players have the utmost respect for him.”Jamaica, having failed to finish in the top three for the past three regional four-day seasons are set to open their account against two-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars at the Providence Stadium next weekend.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgDoping: Two lose Rio medals LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP): The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) says a Russian boxer and Romanian weightlifter will lose medals from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after failing doping tests at the games. Misha Aloian won a flyweight silver medal in a bout on the final day of the Olympics in August and tested positive for the banned stimulant tuaminoheptane. Gabriel Sincraian, who won bronze in the men’s 85 kg weightlifting, tested positive for exogenous testosterone. CAS says the results from both athletes have been disqualified. Zidane’s Madrid can set new unbeaten record BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Zinedine Zidane is one match away from coaching Real Madrid to a new unbeaten record. When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna. Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid face Deportivo again at home tomorrow with the chance of surpassing their longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902. On Wednesday, Madrid equalled a club record of 34 games without a loss, set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker, when they drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund. Barcelona invite Chapecoense to play friendly BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona say they have extended an invitation to host a friendly match against the Brazilian football club involved in last week’s plane crash. Chapecoense were on their way to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America’s most prestigious club tournaments, when their flight went down in Colombia, killing all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board. The match would be played in August. The friendly, called the Joan Gamper trophy, is used as Barcelona’s traditional curtain, raiser for the new season.last_img read more

WI selectors keep faith with Sabina 13

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC :West Indies selectors have retained faith in the same 13-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting here tomorrow, despite their drubbing in the opening match in Kingston.The Caribbean side underperformed with the bat to plunge to a seven-wicket defeat, 20 minutes after lunch on last Monday’s final day at Sabina Park.West Indies entered the contest with a greenhorn batting line-up which included Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer on debut but selectors have opted against changes and will enter the critical game at Kensington Oval with the same squad.Singh and Hetmyer failed in both innings along with Shai Hope and usually dependable opener Kraigg Brathwaite, but rookies Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich both managed half-centuries.Another defeat for West Indies in the upcoming match will hand Pakistan their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean.West Indies arrived late Wednesday and trained on Thursday and yesterday, as head coach Stuart Law brushed up on final preparations for the game.The hosts won their last Test at the venue two years ago when they defeated England by five wickets inside three days.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Vishal Singh, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins.last_img read more