NRL appoints first female referee for Broncos v Bulldogs clash

first_imgBelinda Sharpe will on Tuesday be confirmed as the first woman to take control of an NRL match, assigned as the assistant referee for Thursday night’s Broncos and Bulldogs clash at Suncorp Stadium.The Queensland-raised Sharpe and Kasey Badger were earlier this year elevated to the NRL’s full-time referees squad, paving the way for the former to take the whistle in round 18.She has been a constant as an NRL touch judge in recent times, as has Badger, but it won’t be until this week that one of the pair has been given the task of refereeing an NRL fixture.Rugby league officials have noticed a spike in the number of budding female rugby league referees at a grassroots level since Sharpe and Badger started patrolling the sideline in NRL games.”If my role in just doing my job week in week out can inspire other people to become involved, particularly other females to become involved as referees, then that’s something I’m proud of,” said Sharpe, who refereed the women’s State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval in June.”I don’t necessarily think I need to do anything differently, but if they can see an opportunity to get to this point with the same pathway as any other official then that’s a positive.”There’s been some nice moments where I’ve met young girls at games and different places and they’ve said I’ve become involved because they’ve seen the opportunities available as a referee and I think that’s a really positive thing.”We’re seeing more and more females becoming involved as referees at various levels of the game.”Sharpe, a former journalist and marketer, will referee alongside one of the NRL’s most experienced whistleblowers, Ben Cummins, at Suncorp Stadium.She admitted to being a touch surprised when told of her appointment this week and immediately rang husband Clayton, who has also been a member of the NRL officiating ranks.”I was really excited and I guess a little bit surprised, but I’m certainly looking forward to Thursday night and am really thrilled to receive the news,” Sharpe said.”I’ve been on the pathway for quite a while now and I’ve certainly done the same work and been on the same pathway as every other official that has made it to this point. I’m certainly confident that’s what [the appointment] is based on.”I’ve been around a while now in first grade as a touch judge and I think most of the players are used to seeing me out there on the field. At the end of the day they just want you to do your job and if you do that well I don’t think they care who it is.”Sharpe’s milestone will come in the same week NRL head of football Graham Annesley claimed criticism of referees since the State of Origin decider had been “unwarranted”, just a week after he conceded they made a number of “serious errors” in the fortnight prior.last_img read more

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Guardiola asks to end the EFL Cup: “Players suffer”

first_imgGuardiola’s planning: “We have to start the season later after the summer. We have one game a week for a long time and then we start having two or three a week. We have two games in two weeks and then 72 in one. It’s a bit strange”.Injuries: “With this amount of games, the players fall apart. I’m not surprised. I’m very sorry for Kane and Rashford. The authorities should reflect on it, but all the managers complained and don’t care. Rest of only two or three days, again and again. Players suffer. “Fatigue: “The clubs want to do well. They have a lot of pressure to win or qualify for the Champions League and we push and push. The body says enough is enough.”Example in your template: “Sterling has played more than 3,000 minutes. His performance continues to be quite similar. He may not have scored in recent games, but there is no doubt with him.” English football clubs are loaded with Christmas games and the month of January for the existence of two drinks and the increase of the Premier’s days in festivities. For years, in fact, the failure of British teams in Europe has been attributed to fatigue from their own competition system. Now, Pep Guardiola has dared to publicly ask the regulators of the king sport in England the disappearance of the EFL Cup: “Eliminate this competition. People can live without football for a while. It’s too much.”End to the League Cup: “Eliminate this competition. So there will be fewer games, fewer competitions, less teams, more quality and less quantity. People can live without football for a while. This is too much.”last_img read more

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The best Atleti of the season

first_imgThe Athletic He left the second half fully confident that he was going to come back. Y he played the best minutes of the whole season with a vertical and effective football. In the 57th minute there was a double change and they entered Trippier and Joao Félix by Vrsaljko and Vitolo, the team stays like this, always with the usual 1-4-4-2, Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Philip, I gave it; belt, Thomas, Saul, Koke; Morata Y João Felix. The reappearance of the Portuguese caused the enthusiasm of the stands, in need of repeated attack actions during a match. João Félix started 2-1 with a change in quality screening and scored 3-1. But beyond his goal, Menino de Ouro showed that playing loose and free will be decisive in the final stretch of the season for the Athletic. In the last 10 minutes he entered Marcos Llorente by Morata (Correa got up with João). Marcos played in band and in the middle in that section demonstrating why he is the best recuperator in the world. Atlético, with the calm wisdom of Monkey Burgos in the band and the uncontrollable energy of Cholo in a box, beat the Villarreal and third place was placed, the position in which it is obliged to remain to meet objectives. Based on the quality of Cazorla, Trigueros and Gerard Moreno, it was enough a blow to the Villarreal to get 0-1 with a goal from Paco Alcacer, the winter reinforcement that Atlético had done before Villarreal and which Simeone resigned for his efforts in Cavani. After the goal of Alcácer, there was a change of pieces and Correa passed to the front and Vitolo to the left wing, Saul in the middle, and Koke to the right wing (Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Philip, I gave it; Koke, Thomas, Saul, Vitolo; Morata Y belt). Ripped the Athletic cold and heavy After the intensity lived before the Liverpool, it was also difficult for the Metropolitan to connect. Villarreal, a team that interprets almost perfect 1-4-3-3, counteracted without stress the 1-4-4-2 of Atlético formed from start by Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Philip, I gave it; belt, Koke, Thomas, Saul; Morata Y Vitolo. The greatest danger rojiblanco came by the incorporation to the attack and centers of its lateral ones Vrsaljko (has gone from not counting important player) and I gave it (that does not stop growing if they give him confidence).last_img read more

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Rubi: “Real Madrid can be hurt”

first_imgBetis coach Joan Francesc Ferrer, Rubi, reviewed the previous game that his team plays against Real Madrid: “There are two or three teams in this League that are harder to beat than the rest. Before Madrid we have to make it almost perfect to win, but it doesn’t scare us. We were able to win against Atlético and Barcelona. “Ultimatum? “That question this year is very common, unfortunately because we are not where we should be. But I do not worry, I work to be close to victory. Then whether we win or not depends on other things.” Madrid more vulnerable. “I have the impression that you can hurt him, like everyone else. But his numbers in conceded goals are very low and the defensive facet is taking it well. You don’t end up hurting him and his goalkeeper is in great shape. We will try to take advantage of his weaknesses but it will be key that we put the chances that we have, that we are going to have for sure. Madrid, Barcelona or Atlético are very powerful, but we cannot focus on these matches from the excess of respect. We have to do things very well to win, but we can to get it”.Sensations. “It has been another hard week but I do not notice discouragement in our players. We are going to face and play a game more than worthy. It hurts that deserving more in other games we have no reward. We must insist and work harder if possible.” Problem of the coach? “I understand that no, but what am I going to say. These last matches we have been close to winning them all, for me it is very different now at the beginning of the campaign. I do not see a team that has fallen or does not make chances. This season we have started it crooked , in the first third there were many concepts that the team did not assimilate, that cost us a deficit.Then we have set up many good games with some not so good, but within a normality.What will happen? I will fight to be the top possible and go over 50 points minimum. We don’t have that fortune point to help us. The only ones who don’t put Betis in their position are the players and the coaching staff. We are working hard to change it. “Defensive bleeding. “We continuously analyze everything that happens to us. In Valencia we conceded two goals, the second I blame, because we risk the most, it is a matter of going up to an open grave. But in Mestalla we suffer very little. Against Mallorca more, but the effectiveness of the rival was one hundred percent. Of course I look for things to try not to score those goals, but our goalkeeper does not make eight stops at the beginning of the League. “Bad run of Borja Iglesias. “Every week we think about the striker. Loren had an incredible level, then the level was more even and both have been playing.”Feddal. “Zou wants to stay and I understand that the campaign will end with us, he wants to help. We have four extraordinary centers.”Warning for the derby. “We have not looked at it that any day, nor will we do it in this match. Channels can play with four cards, it has many duels as well. But if there is any need to be done, he will have to sacrifice the derby for the sake of this match against Real Madrid”.Setién and its possible return. “What hurt me was that at the beginning of the project I could not have the room to maneuver, but at the moment when Rubi is not a coach I will have to respect the one who comes. out of here”.last_img read more

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The Premier wants to play its 92 games on neutral fields

first_imgThe FA fears ten months without national team matchesAs collected EFE, the english federation (FA) fears that the english team will go almost ten months without playing a match after the suspension of the Eurocup 2020, moved to 2021, and friendlies in March and April.This was explained Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the FA, in a talk with journalists. “UEFA has talked about moving the friendlies from March to June. Clearly June seems like a tough date right now, but we don’t know yet. We have to keep looking at each different alternative. If it doesn’t happen in June, the next game would be in September.”Bullingham said.England I had to play against Italy Y Denmark in March while in early June will face Austria Y Romania, in what would have been the last preparations for the Euro. A Eurocopa that, according to announced the UEFA This Tuesday, it will move to the summer of 2021. “I’ve been with Gareth Southgate (England coach) and the technical team. We are living unprecedented times and there are much more important things than soccer. From Gareth’s point of view, he supports the changes that are taking place. From a technical point of view, I don’t think we are in a different place than the rest. Nobody wants there to be a big gap in the season, but here we are. We are a young team, so not many changes will be seen, but it will be Gareth who decides “added the manager. In England they fear that the coronavirus pandemic will not allow the 92 remaining Premier League matches to take place. They have more games left than many leagues and fear they won’t be able to meet deadlines. That is why the clubs, according to The Sun, will present a proposal to the president of the UEFA, Aleksander Ceferin, which could cause fans to be forced to watch football only on television.In the first place, the conferences would be held every three days in neutral fields, and several meetings could coincide at the same venue and on the same day in order for the fewest number of health and safety personnel to work, putting few people at risk.The matches would be played behind closed doors in two or three stadiums, but since they are neutral fields (probably some scenarios located in the Midlands), fans would have a much more difficult time moving to the vicinity of the stadium, endangering the health of people in the crowds, as happened with the fans who were in the vicinity of the duel between the PSG and the Borussia Dortmund of the Champions League.As for the broadcasts, Sky Sports I would continue to broadcast all these encounters, in theory including the time slot reserved for fans to go to the stadiums, so they could be seen in full every day.Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United have ten Premier League matches to play, while the rest have nine. Before these measures are officially presented to UEFA, the British government must approve them.last_img read more

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Nacho Zabal, the first Spanish player in the history of Atlético Ottawa

first_imgZabal, who until now had spent his entire career in Spain, signed for a team called to do great things in the newly released – this will be his second season – Canadian First Division. Spanish became the fifth foreign signing of the rojiblanca franchise, who has already signed the English Neufville, the Jamaican Shaw, the Ghanaian Bernardinho and the Mexican ‘Messi’ Acuña and still has two more places for foreign players.“I am very excited for this new adventure, for being part of the Atlético Ottawa family and for having the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country. I hope my experience can help the team succeed“said Nacho Zabal, who will play under Miguel Ángel ‘Mista’. The Logroño goalkeeper joins Ramón Soria (Edmonton), José Galán (Valor) and Víctor Blasco and Jan Pirretas (Pacific) in the Spanish delegation of the Canadian Premier League. Atlético Ottawa, club owned by Atlético de Madrid, announced today the signing of Nacho Zabal, who became the first Spanish footballer in the history of the Canadian club. The 33-year-old goalkeeper from Logroño comes from Calahorra, with whom he has played 14 games this season before suffering an injury to the posterior ligament of his right knee.“Bringing in Nacho demonstrates our club’s commitment to signing high-quality players and to continue our desire to build a competitive team in the Canadian Premier League, “said Fernando López, CEO of Atlético Ottawa.” I am confident that he will become one of the league’s most outstanding goalkeepers due to his experience and talent. ” López completed.last_img read more

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Gattuso and Napoli players help club employees

first_imgHe Naples was the first Serie A team to use for 25 of its workers the ‘cassa integrazione’, a social buffer that the Italian stadium grants to companies in crisis, a measure also chosen by Rome and Sampdoria in this coronavirus emergency.During March and April, then, employees will receive 80% of their normal salary up to a maximum of 1,400 euros per month, while the players have not yet reached an agreement for their cut, which according to the Serie A direction line will be four months if the postponed matches cannot be recovered and two if, in the end, it will be possible. A difficult time for the families of the “azzurri” workers, whose payments are far from those of the soccer stars. So, Rino Gattuso, Cristiano Giuntoli and all the footballers in the squad decided to intervene to help them financially in the coming days.A gesture praised by tifosi and the Neapolitan press, that he was born from the coach and the sports director and that, immediately, he received the participation of all the footballers, who in recent weeks have already carried out several solidarity events for the hospitals in the southern city.last_img read more

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Cummins to replace injured Gabriel in WI Test squad Down Under

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins is set to make his Test debut after he was named as a replacement for the injury pacer Shannon Gabriel in the ongoing series against Australia.West Indies Cricket Board’s selection panel made the announcement yesterday following the regional side’s heavy defeat to Australia inside three days in the first Test, which ended Saturday.Cummins, 25, has taken 99 wickets at an average of 22.83 in 36 first-class matches. He has made one international appearance for West Indies, an ODI against Ireland at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in February, last year.The 27-year-old Gabriel suffered a stress reaction in his left ankle bone while bowling in the first innings of the first Test match at the Blundstone Arena in Hobart. He is expected to return to Trinidad this week to continue his rehabilitation, a WICB statement said.last_img read more

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Melbourne, St Thomas secure berth in final

first_img MASSIVE RESULT Melbourne and St Thomas earned the right to contest the final of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Senior Cup after recording contrasting first-innings wins over University of the West Indies (UWI) and Kingston Cricket Club yesterday. Melbourne, in their first finals appearance since 2012, overcame the challenge of UWI after scoring 274 in response to the home team’s 244 at the Sir Frank Worrell Oval, UWI. Leading the batting exploits of Melbourne was United States batsman Steven Taylor, who ended unbeaten on 138. The left-handed strokemaker, who batted at number three and was 63 not out overnight after his team closed on 145 for one, slammed 12 fours and three sixes. He also shared in a 179-run second-wicket stand with Guyanese opener Trevon Griffith, who added six to his overnight score of 63. In-form national all-rounder Rovman Powell, with six wickets for 75, led the bowling for UWI, with off-spinner Horaine Linton, two for 73, providing assistance. Batting a second time, UWI – who were contesting their first semi-final after entering the country’s premier two-day tournament two seasons ago – closed on 172 for eight when stumps were drawn minutes after 5 p.m. “It’s a massive result for us, having not reached the final for a while,” said Melbourne captain, Nikita Miller, reacting to their win. “We have had a good season so far and it was good to see us come here and get the better of a decent UWI team,” he added. At Goodyear Oval in St Thomas, the home team, after resuming on 178 for eight in reply to Kingston’s modest first-innings total of 163, scored 190, with in-form left-arm spinner, Paul Harrison, claiming seven for 33. Captain Carlton Baugh Jr top-scored with 53. Facing a deficit of 27, Kingston then went in chase of quick runs to try and force a result, and declared their second innings on 222 for four. Big-hitting opener Aaron Johnson hit 62, with all-rounder Derval Green adding 59. Set an outright victory target of 195, St Thomas closed on 112 for four.last_img read more

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The real measure of our Beijing 2015 success

first_imgJamaica has had a fantastic year of sports achievement to date and the year is by no means finished. We have had amongst other successes, excellent performances by the track and field team and our swimmers at the Pan American Games in Toronto, the Paralympians have again done us proud at their Pan American Games events, the badminton team has excelled in the recent Pan American championships with several gold medals, the men’s squash team was dominant in the Caribbean. Our martial arts competitors continue to demonstrate its world class, the Special Olympians came out on top in many of their events, the Reggae Boyz have had two excellent tournament performances which have catapulted them to 52nd in the world ranking, the Netball team maintained their fourth place in the world rankings and Alia Atkinson capped it all by equalling a world record in her pet event.  There were others too whose performances simply serve to reinforce the notion that in the world of sport, we are indeed a dominant force to reckon with and frequently “punch above our weight class.” But all of these tremendous performances were before our recent excursion to the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing for the eagerly awaited IAAF World Championships.  This Stadium evokes very pleasant memories for all Jamaicans and for me holds a very special place in my own heart, having been the head of the Olympic team when we drew a line of demarcation between our consistently good world class performances at the Olympic Games since 1948 and the sharp elevation to the top of the world with the superlative triumphs of legends Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser- Pryce amongst others in the 2008 Olympics Games.   Greatest coaches We have undoubtedly the greatest track and field coaches in the world in Glen Mills and Stephen Francis.  No debate. Any coach who has presided over the achievements of Usain Bolt, (the greatest athlete of all time), over the last eight years as Mills has done, has to be given the accolade of the greatest coach. Argument over.  You may not always understand Francis but there is no other coach that gets the best out of the athletes like he does.  I for one seriously questioned his judgement, even his motives when he pulled Elaine Thompson from the 100 metres at the trials, but in retrospect all credit must be due to him for this decisive action, seemingly against all good sense and foresight. Such is the genius of the man.  Maurice Wilson, perhaps not as well known to the sporting world as these two, is close on the heels of these greats and he and the rest of the coaching staff and management team deserve all our accolades for a job excellently done in maintaining harmony and team spirit throughout and laying the groundwork for our magnificent performances..  These are never easy tasks in this highly charged environment and they deserve the credit for minimising any negatives that existed and to foster the level of peace of mind for the athletes to deliver as well as they did.    The way forward Rio de Janeiro is the next big stop, with the 2016 Olympic Games.   Whilst track and field athletics represent our flagship sports, I have long maintained that we can achieve much better success in other sports with a greater commitment to growing these sports both by the national federations and by corporate Jamaica.   The national cupboard is full of extremely talented athletes that are simply waiting to explode on the international scene.  Based on the standouts that we saw at the 2015 Boys and Girls’ Athletics championships, we may very well see some of them in Rio.  The future of our sports is secure.  Adequate return on investment is guaranteed. I urge corporate Jamaica to “buy” into the sports brand Jamaica now with a mind to reaping significant returns in the near future.       Sports is a major, massive positive for Jamaica.   Government with its limited resources must be the facilitators of this growth and expansion, with the private sector being the real engines of growth.  Sports should be treated as any other investment option.  Corporate Jamaica would have watched with excitement and financial interest over the last two weeks and must now be ready to pump funds to gain satisfactory reward on their investment. The case for a National Sports Museum We have become accustomed to excelling at these major Games to the extent that we now tend to take these performances for granted.  We now quite often expect that we will repeat the 1,2,3 positions in many of the events we compete in, forgetting even momentarily that these were achieved against the best in the world in those events. This is not a good thing as when we don’t achieve this and don’t live up to the expectations, the disappointment is great amongst both players and supporters. The netballers can attest to this.  The recent World Championship performances in Beijing have filled us all with a significant degree of national pride and joy and again fostered a temporary halt to crime and violence in the society. There is a need for more events and performances like these that can bond us together in this way.       But I want to cast a different perspective on the Gold Medal winning performances of our team at the World Championships in Beijing, by putting the achievements in the context of medals won versus population size.  When we do this, it will be truly obvious to all that as a country, Jamaica is indeed “punching well above our weight class”. Overall Medal count Beijing 2015 MEDAL TALLY G S B TOTAL KENYA 7 6 3 16 JAMAICA 7 2 3 12 USA 6 6 6 18 BRITAIN 4 1 2 7 ETHIOPIA 3 3 2 8 POLAND 3 1 4 8 CANADA 2 3 3 8 GERMANY 2 3 3 8 RUSSIA 2 1 1 4 CUBA 2 1 0 3 Jamaica’s performance in the IAAF World Championship meant we ended up second to Kenya, on the basis of them winning more medals overall, despite the two countries being equal on the gold medal count.  This placed us above the mighty USA who, although winning more medals overall, had one less gold medal than Jamaica.  Incidentally, if we needed anything to convince us that we are indeed the sprint champions of the world, we should note that Jamaica won six of its seven gold medals on the track, compared to the two that the USA won on the track.  Only three countries earned more than 10 medals in the championships – Kenya, Jamaica and the USA.  But whilst these data are convincing enough, a calculation of Jamaica’s performance can only be considered superlative when the achievement is measured in terms of medals won by size of population, more specifically by per 1,000,000 population. RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF GOLD MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF GOLD MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 7 2.5 1 CUBA 11,270,000 2 .177 2 KENYA 44,400,000 7 .158 3 POLAND 38,500,000 3 .077 4 BRITAIN 60,000,000 4 .066 5 CANADA 35,200,000 2 .056 6 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 3 .031 7 GERMANY 80,600,000 2 .024 8 USA 318,900,000 6 .018 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 2 .013 10 Jamaica by virtue of its seven Gold medals and smallest population amongst the top 10 countries, (2,800,000) won 2.5 gold medals for every 1,000,000 of its population to rank above all other countries on this scale.  No other country closely approximates even one gold medal per 1,000,000 population with Cuba ranking second, significantly below Jamaica at .177 gold medals per 1,000,000 population.  Where is the United States with its 318 million people?  The USA won .018 gold medals per 1,000,000 population to rank not third on this scale but ninth overall.  Put another way, Jamaica won more gold medals per 1,000,000 population than all the other countries ranked in the top ten combined, as these nine including Cuba, Kenya, Poland, Great Britain, Canada, Ethiopia, Germany, United States and Russia were only able to amass .607 gold medals per 1,000,000 population compared to Jamaica’s 2.5 gold medals per 1,000,000 population.       When this data is examined against the background of the total number of medals won by each country, irrespective of colour, the data is no less convincing. With our 12 medals won overall, just one less than our all time high of 13, Jamaica won 4.3 medals per 1,000,000 population again significantly better than the second ranked country on this scale, Great Britain with 1.16 medals per 1,000,000 population based on its 60,000,000 persons.  In stark terms, the question must be asked what is it that makes a country with 2.8 million persons so much better at track and field than other countries whose population sizes are so vastly greater than Jamaica.   RANKING OF COUNTRIES IN 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BEIJING BY 1,000,000 POPULATION BY NUMBER OF TOTAL MEDALS WON COUNTRY POPULATION # OF TOTAL MEDALS WON SCORE PER 1,000,000 POPULATION RANKING JAMAICA 2,800,000 12 4.30 1 GREAT BRITAIN 60,000,000 7 1.16 2 KENYA 44,400,000 16 .360 3 CUBA 11,270,000 3 .266 4 CANADA 35,200,000 3 .227 5 POLAND 38,500,000 8 .207 6 GERMANY 80,600,000 8 .099 7 ETHIOPIA 94,000,000 8 .085 8 UNITED STATES 318,890,000 18 .056 9 RUSSIA 143,500,000 4 .027 10 At 4.3 medals won per 1,000,000 population, Jamaica not only again ranks comfortably  first overall, but that number outstrips the 2.49 medals won per 1,000,000 population in total across all the other nine countries in the top ten.  The United States and Russia with a combined population of close to 500,000,000 earned a total of .083 medals won per 1,000,000, far less than  one-tenth of a medal per 1,000,000 if one can use this measure.  So let us examine some of those performances that contributed to these record breaking an truly amazing statistics. Usain Bolt (2), Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (1) and Danielle Williams (1) all won individual gold medals.   Bolt, in particular, is undoubtedly already a legend and in my books Shelley-Ann is fast approaching this status.  Bolt is a phenomenon, a one of a kind athlete that comes along once every 50 years.  But the entire team, including those who did not earn a medal, performed magnificently and based on our performances since Beijing, the consistency with which we are now producing these results has cemented us as the top sprint country in the world, bar none.  There is no disputing this.   But what do we attribute this to?  The jury is still out.center_img Which leads me to my final point.  Despite our tremendous consistent performances at the track and field level since 1948, the undeniable dominance over the last 10 years or so, as well as world class achievements in a number of other sports where we have had world champions and other outstanding world class athletes, Jamaica does not yet have a National Sports Museum to showcase these achievements. This is unimaginable.    A National Sports Museum would be an amazing attraction for locals and tourists alike.  Just think of the sporting treasures collected through over 80 years of  international sports excellence that could be displayed and interactively mounted. Government has now made concrete moves to establish this Sports Museum with a location now identified within the Stadium complex, next door to the Bob Marley statue, that in itself a major tourist attraction. Cabinet approval has been obtained and initial funds allocated for this purpose.  Official announcements have been made to this effect.  But there are sceptics who will not believe this will happen until they see more concrete steps.  Well, the government is moving swiftly to tie up more initial sponsors for the realisation of this National Sports Museum.  This is a golden opportunity for corporate Jamaica to show it fully understands the tremendous Investment that is sports and for them to help build this significant monument to our legends and heroes in sports.  We hope that the private sector/corporate Jamaica will speedily embrace the concept and move without reservation to strongly support its completion.  Look at it from the perspective of an investment that can only pay rich dividends over the medium and longer term. The extent to which sports has placed Jamaica on the map deserves no less.    – Don Anderson, CD has been a team official for Jamaica at seven Olympics Games, head of delegation to the last five of these Games and a former vice president of the Jamaica Olympic Association for 32 years.last_img read more

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