MUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.
Two-time national champions Waterhouse FC are in a must-win situation when they face-off against Portmore United on match-day 31 in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at Juici Park,Clarendon, tomorrow, starting at 3:30 p.m.Waterhouse are sitting in the cellar position in the 12-team league on 28 points from 30 games and find themselves in a tense fight to avoid relegation.With three games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore United lead on 57 points, followed by Montego Bay United (56) and defending champions Arnett Gardens (54) as the teams battling for the $1 million incentive awarded to the team that ends on most points.Portmore will be looking for maximum points against Waterhouse in order to continue their impressive run. On the other hand, Waterhouse’s season is on the line, so spectators could be in for a good game.”It is going to be a tough one, but we are up to the challenge on Sunday,” coach of Waterhouse Anthony Patrick said during the RSPL’s weekly press conference last Thursday at Red Stripe.”We have to stay disciplined. We are very confident as a team and training has been going well,” Patrick disclosed.Meanwhile, manager of Portmore United Clive Marshall says his team’s confidence his high following a sweep of Montego Bay United.”We needed back our confidence and it is coming at the right time. We prefer to have this level of confidence going to this stage,” Marshall said.Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, Marshall added that: “We are fully aware that all games will be tough because teams have different objectives at this stage.”
NEW YORK (CMM):As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Monday.A 20-member team travelled to the island to the annual ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, which took place from March 15-19 at the National Stadium.Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid spoke of his admiration for the organisation, and wished for its continued success.Stephen Drummond, a special guest of TJB, presented a cheque for US$10,000 to the organisation and announced a major financial boost by his law firm, Drummond & Squillace, PLLC, to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alumnus) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.Dervan Malcolm, a host on Power 106 FM and the extremely popular ‘Diaspora Live’ programme, was presented with the TJB Award for using that platform to give the diaspora a greater voice.Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only Jamaican athletes, but the schools from which many ofthem hail.Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and, consequently, the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others, who now participate or have participated in the three-day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast.This year, the organisation welcomed on board Philadelphia International Medicine, which will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the athletes at the Penn Relays on Saturday, April 30.The Penn Relays will be held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.
After months of intense preparation, Jamaica’s senior netball team, the Sunshine Girls, left the island this morning for Australia, where they will take part in the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney from August 6-16.The delegation includes coaches Minneth Reynolds, assistant coach Annett Daley, manager Lydia Wilks and the 12 squad members led by captain Nicole Aiken-Pinnock.The others players are Paula Thompson, Romelda Aiken, Shanice Beckford, Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Nicole Dixon, Stacian Facey, Jhaniele Fowler-Reid, Ann Kaye Griffiths, Sasher Gaye Henry, Khadijah Williams and Vangalee Williams. Technical Director Jill McIntosh left the Island early on Tuesday.According to captain Aiken-Pinnock, preparation was thorough, team chemistry and camaraderie are excellent, and the team has only one thing on its mind: winning the gold medal.”The ladies are well prepared. We have done all the work. We just have to stay focused and get on court, listen to the coaches’ instructions, and execute. The ladies are very excited and I must commend them for their discipline. They are really focused and they understand that we are not just going there for any medal; we are focusing on the gold,” she told The Gleaner.”One of the main things we have as a unit is that whole camaraderie that you need in a team. We have each others’ backs, no matter what. We are really together and we really support each other. We try to do things as a team and I believe that is a positive thing going forward,” she continued.WC experienceWith two world championships already under her belt, Aiken-Pinnock knows her experience and the experience of other stalwarts such as Romelda Aiken and Jhaneile Fowler-Reid will be crucial as there are five World Cup debutants in the squad, though she insists it’s all for one, and one for all.”I am not the only person in the team going to a third World Championship. I can’t do anything by myself, so I have to feed off the energy of the ladies, just like how they feed off my energy,” she stated.She also added, “All I need from Jamaica is their support and that they continue to pray for us. We are very focused, and whatever the result, we will be very proud because I know the ladies will give of their best. But we have only one aim in mind, and it’s to get the gold.”
UNITED (4-2-3-1)DE GEA,DARMIAN, JONES, SMALLING, ROJO,SCHNEIDERLIN, SCHWEINSTEIGER,MATA, HERRERA, ROONEY,MARTIALCITY (4-1-3-2)STERLING, BONY,DE BRUYNE, TOURÈ, NAVAS,FERNANDINHO,SAGNA, MANGALA, OTAMENDI, ZABALETA,HARTOn Wednesday, both teams were in Champions League action. Manchester City got a good 2-1 win over Sevilla, while Manchester United won a point from a 1-1 draw in Russia against CSKA Moscow.The first Manchester derby of the season sees third visit first in the Barclays Premier League. The great rivals have met 168 times in all competitions, with City needing one more victory for 50 against their neighbours. United have won 69.In the league, in 152 clashes, United hold the upper hand with 60 wins to City’s 43 and 49 drawn. While in the Premier League, in 36 encounters, United have won 19, drawn six and lost 11.At Old Trafford, United have won 10 and drawn four of their 18 Premier League games with their rivals, losing only four. But three of those have been in the last four, with City scoring 13 goals in their last four league trips to United.
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SPORTSMAX 2 Saturday10 a.m: ARSENAL VS NEWCASTLE12:30 p.m: WATFORD VS MAN CITY4 p.m: WEST BROM VS STOKE6 p.m: MAN UNITED VS SWANSEASunday8:30 a.m: CRYSTAL PALACE VS CHELSEA11 a.m: EVERTON VS TOTTENHAM7 p.m: LEICESTER VS BOURNEMOUTH
It’s holiday racing at Caymanas Park today, the 11-race programme featuring the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race for the Easter Sprint Trophy over 1100 metres.Ten starters have been declared, including leading lights SHINING LIGHT, DWAYNE STAR, RED FLAG, SILVER CLOUD and ACTION MAN.All should ensure a keenly contested race over this snappy trip, with the likes of RED FLAG, ACTION MAN and LADY SHANKARI coming to make things pretty hot on the headlines, with the trio of SHINING LIGHT, SILVER CLOUD and hat-trick seeker DWAYNE STAR coming on strongly in the last furlong.The veteran campaigner RED FLAG from the Solomon Sharpe stables has been knocking at the door for the longest while and could prove strongest of the speedsters. However, they should play into the hands of the progressive four-year-old colts SHINING LIGHT and DWAYNE STAR, both winners in recent months.The Patrick Lynch-trained DWAYNE STAR looked much improved when slamming hot favourite FORTUNEONEHUNDRED by 7 1/2 lengths over the round five course in high claiming company on February 13 and now steps up to overnight company. Having worked well, this will not deter the son of Storm Craft, who looks tempting at the weights with 51.0kg and in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard.Still, preference is for the Gary Griffiths -trained SHINING LIGHT, who notched his last win over this trip in restricted company on January 16 and has run some big races in defeat since, despite not having the best of luck in running.SHINING LIGHT failed by only half a length to catch EDISON over 1300 metres in overnight company when last raced on March 5, but could well have won had he not encountered traffic problems. Back in action from the convenient mark of 52.0kg, the chestnut colt by Seeking The Glory out of Bachelor Of Arts is preferred to DWAYNE STAR.His ability to quicken under pressure in the closing stages should make the difference. Shamaree Muir, who won aboard him on January 16, again has the ride.
Western BureauMost coaches prowl the touchline from their designated coach’s area, many are often found seated with steely-eyed fixation on the action on the field of play, but St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) head coach, Omar Wedderburn, kneels for the entire duration of a game.His unique vantage point, he asserts, gives him a different perspective from most and affords him thinking time to plot strategies and tactics in real time.Wedderburn has made the one-knee pose his own among local football coaches and, with it, he has laced up a string of successes only few can even match.Known in some circles as the ‘philosophical coach’, Wedderburn has managed to groom a STETHS team he took control of after former head coach Andrew Edwards left for rivals Munro College in 2012.”We have to give Andrew credit for what he achieved at STETHS. He was the one who set us on this path. I only continued where he left the programme, adding my own flavour to it,” Wedderburn said.WINNING FORMULASince then, he has been instrumental in guiding them to two daCosta Cup crowns, reaching the final in five straight years, serving as Edwards’ assistant for the 2011 and 2012 teams that lost in the final to Rusea’s and Glenmuir, respectively.Wedderburn found the winning formula in 2013 when he guided STETHS to the daCosta Cup title, lost to Clarendon College in the 2014 final, then stormed back to lift the title for a fifth time in the school’s history in 2015.In that time, they have racked up an amazing six-successive Ben Francis knockout titles, and could make it seven on the trot when they tackle Lennon High in the final this afternoon.”It is true that a team adopts the coach’s personality and attitude. I am happy my players see me as a role model and have adopted the winning mentality. It is always about being first for me,” the STETHS coach stated.”I have had success, but it’s not me alone. We have built a great system here at STETHS. The principal, all the teachers, students, and even the security personnel, have bought into it,” Wedderburn reasoned.-P.C.
In some ways, the best part of the local track-and-field season is finished. For those who like to leave the Corporate Area, there has been nothing better than meets in Mandeville and Williamsfield, Santa Cruz, Halse Hall, and Montego Bay for two weekends straight. Those in Kingston have had a fair bit of fun, too, with double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and Fedrick Dacres the main players. Thompson confirmed her fine showing at the Queens/Grace Jackson Invitational when she joined Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as the second-fastest Jamaican women of all time at 60 metres with her run of 6.98 seconds in Birmingham, England. The national record isn’t far away at 6.96 seconds by legendary Merlene Ottey. RECORDS RESET In two trips to Excelsior High School, Dacres has set and reset the national discus record. His last blast, at the King of the Ring throws-only meet, measured 68.88 metres. The signs suggest that Thompson and Dacres are on the way to great seasons. The same goes for Olympic champion Omar McLeod, who has run fine times of 7.46 seconds and 20.48 seconds for the 60-metre hurdles and the 200 metres, respectively. The cautionary note is that the indoor 60 metres isn’t contested outdoors and that discus throwing is easier on open fields like the Excelsior campus than inside the nearly enclosed stadiums, which host meets like the Olympics and the World Championships. The shortest outdoor sprint is the 100 metres, and on open fields, air currents can help the discus stay aloft. That’s the bad news. The good news is that if Thompson is faster indoors, that should translate into faster times outdoors at 100 metres and possibly 200 metres. Equally, Dacres is stronger than ever and seems capable of mastering 65 metres in championship conditions. If things work out, this pair is on its way to big things in London at the World Championships in August. For reference, the last time the world’s best athletes gathered in London for a global championships the 2012 Olympic Games the women’s 100 metres went to Fraser-Pryce in 10.75 seconds and the men’s discus travelled 68.27 metres from the hand of German giant Robert Harting. In that competition, Harting, Iranian Elshan Hadadi, and 2008 Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia all threw over 68 metres. Great days lie ahead. The 41st Gibson-McCook Relays are set for this Saturday, and if the weather is better than in 2016, it should be a great meet. The high school race of the meet might be a run against the clock in the Class Three girls 4×100 metres. Salecia Myles, 100 metres and 200 metres 2016 gold-medal winner Kevona Davis, Lisandra Brown, and Shanique Rowe have been reorganising the record books since their Class Four days. GIBSON-MCCOOK RECORD The Gibson-McCook record is 45.77 seconds, and the Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen quartet has 2017 times of 45.99 at the Central Hurdles and Relays and 45.84 seconds at the Western Relays. Thompson delighted fans at the Western Relays with an appearance on anchor for the MVP Track Club in the 4×100 metres. In similar fashion, Yohan Blake will lead a strong Racers Track Club men’s 4×100 metres team on Saturday at the Gibson-McCook Relays. Sadly, the incomparable Usain Bolt won’t be on track, but the record the tall man anchored in 2010 38.08 seconds might be under threat. Whatever happens, the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Carifta Trials, and Boys and Girls’ Championships combine to make the next few weeks on the local athletics circuit well worth watching. When the dust settles in September, it’s a far bet that Dacres and Dodd won’t be the only ones with new national records. Thompson and McLeod could both turn the trick, and, along with Dacres, cover themselves in glory in London. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at tracksince 1980.