Reflecting on the local football landscape of four years ago, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) boss, Captain Horace Burrell, believes Jamaicans should be reasonably satisfied with paying what he considers “minimal” prices to see the Reggae Boyz play inside the National Stadium.Burrell was addressing questions posed about JFF’s ticket prices ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Jamaica and Nicaragua, scheduled to be played at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 4, inside the National Stadium, Kingston.The ticket prices are grandstand one $6,500 per person; grandstand two, $5,500 per person; and bleachers, $1,200 per person.The Reggae Boyz are fresh off impressive Copa America and CONCACAF Gold Cup showings, which were hosted in Chile and between the United States and Canada, respectively.In the latter, Jamaica were beaten finalists, losing 3-1 to Mexico, while defeating pre-tournament favourites the United States of America prior to the final.value for money”When you consider that four years ago the costs were almost the same for the grandstand when … rental of the stadium and all the other costs have gone up, the airfares have gone up, remuneration to the players have gone up, it’s value for money,” he told The Gleaner.”We ask for your support, because this team is not the team for Raymond Grant (JFF general secretary for Captain Burrell, for anyone, it is a team for Jamaica, and I think every single Jamaican is proud of our team and would want to support,” he underlined.”We want to keep reminding them that these costs are even lower at this stage than the costs of four years ago. The last time around, tickets was [sic] at $1,500,” he said.Meanwhile, persons who purchase tickets from August 28-September 2 will get a $200 discount on bleachers tickets.”This is the commencement of the journey to Russia, and I am sure every single Jamaican at home and abroad is going to want to play a part on the whole evolution of this tremendous drive towards qualification,” stressed Burrell.
In the future, overseas coaches may be in Jamaica to lift 800-metre running in the island. That’s the renewed promise from Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The intention arose in an interview early this month.Though there were earlier hopes of learning from distance giant Kenya, Dr Blake said, “The programme of partnering with countries which are strong in the 800 is still in the mind of the JAAA.”Help may not come from Kenya, home of brilliant middle-distance runners like David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop. Alluding to allegations of corruption and drug violations faced by Kenyan track and field currently, the JAAA president said, “The leadership of that federation is really in a spot of trouble, to put it mildly.”In the meantime, help may come from other nations.”We’re going to be looking at other countries to partner with,” he said.Since the days when Arthur Wint and George Kerr won Olympic medals, Jamaica has only produced one Olympic and/or World Championship finalist in the 800 metres – Kenia Sinclair.Her national record of one minute, 57.88 seconds was set in 2006. Sinclair has been hampered with injuries in recent seasons, but finished in sixth position in both the 2008 Olympic final and the 2011 World Championship final.On the men’s side, Clive Terrelonge won the gold medal at the 1995 World Indoor Championships.While Natoya Goule and Simoya Campbell broke two minutes for the distance last year, 1996 was the last time Jamaica had athletes beating the men’s threshold of one minute, 46 seconds. Both Mario Vernon-Watson and Alex Morgan did it in that Olympic year.The men’s national record has stood to Seymour Newman at one minute, 45.21 seconds since 1977. The national junior record is almost 52 years old and remains at one minute, 46.6 seconds. That was a World Junior record when it was set by Neville Myton in 1964.
The KIG JEEP Junior and Mentor Doubles Tennis Classic is scheduled to serve off on Saturday at the Liguanea Club, New Kingston, at 9 a.m.The Junior and Mentor programme is the brainchild of Llockett McGregor and is part of his mandate to invest in junior players on multiple levels.The concept, which began six years ago, was forged because of the apparent disconnect between juniors, seniors, and past players.Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG JEEP, said that they got involved in sponsoring the event because of the intent behind the tournament.”Kingston Industrial Garage is very pleased to be associated with an event that encourages ‘giving back’ and which has the potential for positive, lasting effects on the development of young tennis players in Jamaica,” said Denton.This unique tournament features amateur players (21 and over), partnered with young players on the junior tennis circuit, enjoying competitive action on the courts.The adult amateurs are meant to form a bond with their junior partners and will, hopefully, follow their progress on and off the courts, offer encouragement, advice, and continued moral support.”Adult amateurs select a junior’s name and they’re teamed with them as doubles partners. The mentors are expected to continue in the juniors’ lives, whether it’s on court or off court, providing moral support and encouragement,” McGregor said.Amateurs and juniors alike are invited to sign up to participate, by today, through their respective clubs’ notice boards, Tennis Jamaica, or directly with McGregor at the Liguanea Club.As part of its sponsorship arrangement, an extensive range of KIG’s Jeep vehicles will be shown at the event, and participants, patrons, and members of the Liguanea Club are invited to see and experience the brand at leisure.Trophies will be awarded to the winners and runners-up following the conclusion of finals on Saturday.
WE EXPECT help whenever we are injured while playing a sport. We also expect the helpers to know what they are doing. A qualified first-aider should be present at every match and training session. There are a number of serious injuries and conditions that require prompt action, therefore, we should know what to look for and how to act if someone is seriously injured. When a sportsperson has stopped breathing, we can restart their respiratory system by forcing air into their lungs. We can do this by giving mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV). If their heart has stopped beating, we can try to get it beating again by cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or a cardiac massage. However, we should always try to send for medical assistance. The following procedures can be applied while waiting for help to arrive. Mouth-to-mouth ventilation (MMV) MMV, referred to sometimes as the ‘Kiss of Life’, is an emergency procedure used to restore breathing by inflating the casualty’s lungs with your own breath. This usually helps the casualty to breathe on his own again and may very well save his life. 1. Have the casualty lie on his back and then open the airways by lifting the chin and tilting the head back. 2. Clear the mouth and throat of any obstruction. 3. Pinch the nostrils closed with thumb and index finger to prevent air from escaping. 4. Take a deep breath. Seal your lips firmly around the casualty’s open mouth. Breathe out smoothly and firmly until the chest rises. Take your mouth away watch the chest fall. 5. Take another deep breath and repeat. Repeat with one breath every six seconds for one minute. If breathing hasn’t returned within one minute, continue MMV, and check for pulse. If there is no pulse, start CPR. If breathing returns, place casualty in the recovery position. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/ cardiac massage If you are certain that the person has no pulse, CPR is a way of forcing a stopped heart to beat while waiting for medical help to arrive. 1. Check for a pulse. If the heart has stopped, there will be no pulse, the skin will be pale, lips blue, and arms and legs will be limp. 2. Place the person on his back and use the fingers to find the point where the ribs meet the breastbone. Put your middle finger over this point and your index finger higher up on the breast bone. 3. Put the heel of the other hand on the breast bone just above your index finger. This is the point where pressure should be applied. 4. Place the heel of the other hand on top of this hand and interlock your fingers. 5. Lean over the person with your arms straight. Press down firmly on the breast bone to a depth of about 45cm, then rock backwards to release the pressure. Keep your hands in place. Repeat at a rate of about 100 compressions in a minute. 6. Check pulse regularly. Stop compressions as soon as pulse returns. MMV and CPR If the casualty isn’t breathing and has no pulse, the following actions must be taken. 1. Open his airway and give two breaths using MMV. 2. Give 15 chest compressions. 3. Give two breaths. 4. Give 15 chest compressions. 5. Repeat the above until help arrives, while checking breathing and pulse regularly. The recovery position Always use the recovery position for an unconscious person who is breathing. The position is slightly altered if the person has certain injuries. An individual can be rolled into the basic recovery position by doing the following. 1. Tilt the head back. This prevents the tongue from blocking throat and closing off the airways. 2. Keep the neck and back in a straight line. 3. Keep the hip and knee both bent at 90 degrees. This keeps the body safe, stable and comfortable. 4. Use the individual’s hand to support the head, which should be slightly lower than the rest of the body. This allows fluids to drain from the mouth. 5. Check pulse and breathing regularly while waiting for medical help. NB: The Red Cross and other organisations, conduct first aid courses. With a little training we may be able to provide life saving assistance in an emergency. Next Week: Health and Nutrition
SPURS (4-2-3-1)LLORIS,WALKER, ALDERWIRELD, VERTONGHEN, ROSEDIER, DEMBELE,LAMELA, ALLI ERIKSEN,KANERONDON, BERAHINO,McCLEAN, YACOB, FLETCHER, SESSEGNON,CHESTER, EVANS, McAULEY, DAWSON,FOSTERWBA (4-4-2)Tottenham Hotspur’s previously slim hopes of winning the Barclays Premier League for the first time received a boost last weekend and, should Leicester falter at home to Swansea on Sunday, Spurs can reduce the deficit at the top of the table to just two points with three games remaining.The fact is Leicester still have their fate in their own hands with eight points needed, as it stands, from 12 available to secure a famous success. However, they were held to a 2-2 draw against West Ham last Sunday before Spurs put in an impressive performance at Stoke City a day later, winning 4-0.Harry Kane and Deli Alli both scored twice in that game, with the former taking his league tally to 47 since the start of last season. Eight of Alli’s 10 goals have come on the road.And Spurs return to White Hart Lane having lost just four league games. Their previous fewest losses in top-flight league football is eight, in 2010-11 and 2012-13, meaning that will at least equal a club record and are more than likely to beat it.Two more records could be set: Spurs have scored 64 goals; three short of their best haul in the Premier League, with 67 in the 2009-10 campaign. And they have conceded only 25; their previous fewest in the Premier League is 28 (1995-96 and 2005-06), while the least in any top-flight campaign is 22, in the old First Division in 1970-71.Since losing at home to Leicester in January, Spurs have taken 16 points from a possible 18 and have a clean bill of health. Albion, in Premier League action at Arsenal on Thursday, miss Chris Brunt and James Morrison.
DEFENDING junior champions Denbigh high and senior champions, Holmwood Technical will take another step to defend their title when quarter-final action of the Rural ISSA Schoolgirl Netball Competition gets under way today at Manchester High starting at 10:00 a.m.After weeks of intense competition the top eight junior and senior teams have sorted out themselves and it should be interesting in both sections in Manchester today as close battles are expected with Montego Bay High, Manchester High, Dinthill Technical, Holmwood Technical, Glenmuir, St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson High have all joined Denbigh among the juniors.LEADING THE WAYDefending champions, Holmwood Technical, who are also all-island champions will lead the way among the senior teams. Also advancing with them are Denbigh, Manchester High, Herbert Morrison Technical, Thompson Town, Knox College and Anchovy High.The opening matches today among the juniors at 10am will see Holmwood going up against Glenmuir and Manchester High playing Dinthill. All four teams topped their groups in second round action, winning all five matches to finish on 15 points.Denbigh will go up against Montego Bay high at 11:30am, with St Thomas Technical and Bishop Gibson squaring off at the same time.Senior action will get under way at 10:45 am, with home team Manchester High facing Thompson Town and defending champions Holmwood going up against Glenmuir. The remaining games will begin at 12:15pm and will see Denbigh high meeting Herbert Morrison and Knox College playing Anchovy.
FIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality football.FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree tomorrow to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 nations, playing in 16 groups of three teams.A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know exactly how many qualifying places each continent will get before agreeing to scrap the 32-team format. It has been successful, popular and profitable since 1998 and is locked in for the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar.The prize of 16 extra places, and the biggest increases to Africa and Asia, has “overwhelming” support from FIFA’s 211 member federations, Infantino has said.Their promise of extra funding from Zurich could also be secured by FIFA’s forecast 20 per cent rise in rights fees paid by broadcasters and sponsors.World Cup champions Germany are not in favour. It argued that diluting the number of European and South American teams which won all 20 titles since 1930 could “strengthen the imbalance” seen at some tournaments.”The (German football federation) fundamentally believe that the current 32-team format is the best option,” its president Reinhard Grindel said last week. Germany has no delegate at tomorrow’s meeting though Grindel is set to join the FIFA Council in May.FIFA acknowledged the risk of lower standards in a research document sent to members last month, as first reported by The Associated Press.The “absolute quality” of football, defined by high-ranked teams playing each other most often, is achieved by 32 teams, FIFA said, citing 10,000 tournamentsimulations made to reach that conclusion.Still, Infantino promised voters more World Cup places and funding raises before his election last February.FIFA expects $5.5 billion income tied to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, though 25 of 34 sponsorship slots are unsold. The research document predicted the equivalent of $6.5 billion revenue from a 48-team tournament in the “16×3” format, which would send two teams from each group to a new Round of 32 knockout bracket.EXCLUSIVE TIME SLOTAll 80 matches would play in an exclusive time slot. Currently, 64 World Cup matches have 56 broadcast slots because the eight four-team groups play their last matches simultaneously.FIFA predicts organising costs for “16×3” rising from $2 billion to $2.3 billion, giving a potential profit rise of $640 million.Though a “16×3” World Cup would still need a maximum of 12 stadiums, the demand for 16 more top-quality training camps and hotels suggests FIFA would look for 2026 hosts with existing capacity.A North American bid from two or three of the United States, Canada and Mexico is currently favoured in a contest that could start within weeks.Five options are open today, including staying with 32 teams.Infantino campaigned last year on a 40-team promise, in either eight groups of five teams or 10 groups of four teams. Neither impressed voters in recent regional meetings of FIFA member federations.
EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE No one could quarrel with Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson being named Jamaica’s 2016 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year last Friday. Still, as awards season fades into the distance, I can’t help but wonder how close the decision on the men’s award was. The numbers put up by Olympic 110 metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod just make my head tick. Injuries slowed Bolt in a season when I thought he was really going to speed. When he stumbled at the start, early in the 100m at the Racers Grand Prix, recovered, zoomed past Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, and South African flash Akani Simbine, and won with something to spare, he looked ready to run really fast. Sadly, injuries made him bob and weave to find enough fitness to get the 100m-200m double done at the Olympics. In a season where records didn’t matter for the tall man, he ran 10.05, 9.98, 9.89, and 9.81 seconds in his four completed meets in the 100m, and in the 200m, he clicked to times of 19.89 in London and 19.78 seconds twice in the Olympics. Those statistics made him the second-fastest 100m man of 2016, by 0.01, and third fastest of the year in the 200m. To conclude an undefeated three-meet indoor campaign, McLeod equalled the world-leading time of 7.41 seconds in winning the World Indoor Championships 60m hurdles title for Jamaica. Outdoors, despite two falls after the National Senior Championships, McLeod was the only man to break 13 seconds in the 110m hurdles. He backed up that 12.98 clocking with the number-two time of the year – 13.01 to win the National Senior Championships – and overall, six of the fastest eight. Bolt had three of the fastest eight times in the 100m and two of the fastest eight in the 200m. Throw in the first sub-10 second 100m clocking by a sprint hurdler and McLeod has a sparkling 2016 portfolio. Perhaps the difference was found in the comparative win-loss ratios. Bolt won all his races while McLeod lost three times in his prime event. That may have been the decider. Sport, like life, isn’t about ‘what ifs’, but I wonder where the award would have gone if McLeod had stayed on his feet in Budapest and Monaco, where he fell and finished them in times under 13 seconds. That’s all stat-nerd speculation. Bolt, McLeod, and Thompson now face the more critical matter of replicating the success of the Olympic year in 2017. The tall man is a past master of rising to the challenge, and you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be ready to roll at the World Championships in London this August. The circumstances are new for Thompson and McLeod. She debuted at the high level with a silver in the 200m at the 2015 Worlds behind Dutch rival Daphne Schippers, but McLeod’s Olympic gold was his first honour in such company. They both can learn from the greatest sprinter of all time and the way he wins, wins, and wins. To be truly great, that’s where they have to aim. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
THIRD WIN HIGH HOPES FOR FINAL SEASON Meanwhile, Bolt says he is positive about his final season on the track and is boosted by his fitness after recently competing in the Nitro Athletics in Australia. “The fact I could actually sprint is a good sign. I was never able to sprint or compete this early in the season for a long time, so for me, I am really happy about that and it’s a good sign that I am on the right track,” said Bolt, who has 22 international titles on his CV. In a touching move, Bolt’s parents Wellesley and Jennifer, were presented with a specially commissioned Alphanso Blake painting, which was brushed on cedar in honour and recognition of their role and support in the sprinter’s development. “What we need in Jamaica is to highlight more of the good things that are happening in Jamaica so we can inspire others,” Barnes noted. “At his (Bolt) acceptance speech at the RJR Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards, he said, ‘I am a little boy from Sherwood Content and if I can reach here, then there should be nothing that you can’t accomplish’. That was the most powerful message, here is a normal person doing great things, and everyone in Jamaica can aspire towards that.” He’s a man of many firsts and the 2016 Gleaner Honour Awards Man of the Year Usain Bolt again wrote his own chapter in history after becoming the first three-time recipient of the much-vaunted award on a day that saw other sporting icons being recognised. Bolt, who also won his fourth category award for sports, shared the sporting limelight with double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson (sports) and road race magnate Alfred ‘Franno’ Francis’ Running Events Limited (health and wellness). Already sprinting in January and a record fourth Laureus Award in hand, yesterday’s recognition was the latest highlight in what is already a great start to Bolt’s farewell season. Yesterday’s nod follows Bolt’s previous Man of the Year awards in 2008 and 2009, pushing him beyond two-time winners Edward Seaga and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart as the most successful recipient of this award. In 2012, Bolt was presented with a special Jamaica50 Global Jamaican Honour Award. The big sprinter also won category awards for sports, his fourth following sports awards in 2008, 2009, and in 2002, after his 200m gold-medal run at the World Junior Championships. “It’s always a great feeling, I’m really happy. It’s been a tough couple of years and I’m finally coming to the end of my career, so getting these awards is always a great feeling,” Bolt told The Gleaner shortly after receiving his trophy from Managing Director Christopher Barnes. Bolt, who reminisced about his early days appearing in The Gleaner’s publications, was especially proud to become the first three-time Man of the Year recipient. “I set high standards, and it’s always good to get to the top and stay there by yourself,” he laughed. “Really, it’s a great feeling, and I will continue trying to do great things even outside of track and field – you never know, I might end up winning in something else.” “Just being on TV and coming in The Gleaner and your parents cutting the articles out and saving them was and is always a wonderful feeling. This is what you dream about. Those were your big dreams back then, so it’s a good feeling (to again be awarded by The Gleaner).”