Arnett Gardens’ Premier League success last season was mainly down to the team’s attacking prowess. The ‘Junglists’ were the best attacking unit in the competition, scoring 54 times – six more than their closest rivals, Waterhouse – and 14 goals more than the third best attacking team, Montego Bay United.However, their climb back to the pinnacle of local football could not have happened without their defensive stalwart and team leader, Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson.The former Boys’ Town man was not only a rock in defence for the champions, but also their inspirational leader on and off the pitch and was everyone’s overwhelming favourite for the season’s Most Valuable Player and the Tony Burrowes Award for Excellence on and off the field.Although the former national player, who turned 32 last month, he is confident of maintaining his level of performance and helping his team retain the RSPL title this season.”For me, I am always performing to the best of my ability and with my responsibility that surrounds my role in the team, it always keeps me 200 per cent focused. So I always go out and do my best, and this season, I don’t think you should expect anything less, only more,” he assured.If Arnett are to win successive championships, Thompson insists improvements must be made defensively.”Every footballer wants to win at all times. We want to retain the title and we know what to do. We have to work hard and attack as we always create a lot of chances because for the last two seasons we were the best attacking team, so it’s in the defence we have to improve.”I can’t remember the last time we played a game that ended 0-0, so once we are defending well, that means we can always create chances to score,” he added.Thompson also expects their strength in depth to continue playing a key role.Enough players”We still have a few people out. But that was one of the plus for us last season, whenever we had people out we had people to fill those voids. We will have to start the journey without a few players, but we have enough firepower to go and have a good start.The former Nottodden FK (Sweden) and Barnsley FC (England) player also warned his teammates to anticipate an even more difficult road to the title this year.”We are very confident (of retaining title), but it’s going to be tough, very tough. Last season, I told my team that it wouldn’t be the same top four as the year before and this season I don’t think it will be the same top four again,” said Thompson.”You had teams that didn’t play to the best of their abilities like Tivoli and Harbour View for instance. So it should be very interesting. But Arnett Gardens, with their fan base and the community, are looking forward to try and dominate local football, that’s what’s in the back of everybody’s mind,” he said.
OCHO RIOS:Some 120 golfers will participate in the 13th annual United States Travel Agents Golf Tournament, which tees off this morning at the Sandals Golf and Country Club in Ocho Rios.The two-day event will comprise teams playing in a four-man scramble format, putting their skills to the test competing in various competitions throughout the tournament.Categories to be contested include Overall champions and runners Up; closest to pin female; closest to pin male; longest drive female; and longest drive male.Garth Laird, Sandals Resorts’ director of travel industry programmes, was upbeat about the event, noting that this year promises to be the most exciting yet.”All is in place for what promises to be a great event,” Laird said. “The Travel Agents Golf Tournament is of great benefit to both Jamaica as a golfing destination and Sandals Resorts as it gives the travel partners a chance to experience the products first hand and hence being better able to market the destination and facilities to their respective clients.”He added that as a venue, the Sandals Golf and Country Club has a distinct advantage over most courses.”Our caddies play an important role as they are very good golfers themselves. Wesley Brown, Dane Bailey, and Gifford Wilmot, who have all represented Jamaica in the Hoerman Cup event, are part of our staff.”The awards presentation will take place tomorrow at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort.
Marlon Samuels has highlighted that now that his form is back, he intends to take it into the West Indies two-match Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka, which bowls off today in Pallekele.The stylish batsman, following an abysmal Test series against the Sri Lankans, with scores of 11, 0, 13 and six, improved in the team’s subsequent one-day international series that ended last week.He hit scores of two, 63 and 110 not out, and in the final game of the series was named Man of The Match.The Test and one-day series ended 3-0 in favour of the Sri Lankans.UNFORTUNATE DECISIONS”I got out in the Test series a couple of times as a result of some unfortunate decisions. However, nonetheless, I continued to work hard,” said Samuels.”Sometimes, when you fail a couple of times, you try different things. However, I didn’t, and now that my form is back, I will continue to work hard.”Samuels, the most experienced batsman for the West Indies in the Test and one-day series, is set to be joined in the Twenty20s by the experienced trio of Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and captain, Darren Sammy.This, it is expected, will make the team more competitive and according to Samuels, he is looking forward to playing his role.
West Indies all-rounder Krishmar Santokie is hoping to contribute to development while motivating his rural community of Race Course in Vere, Clarendon, by staging the Santokie Eight-a-Side Football Competition.”Because of the violence and crime, I just decided to organise some funds and see if I could just get back the place lively and happy,” said Santokie of the competition, which is played on Thursdays and Sundays.”It’s all about giving back to the youth, because them not doing anything and everybody loves football, so this draws people together. You come and play and enjoy yourself. At the end of the day, we try to let them know you have to have discipline and be determined to achieve,” he said.Santokie first represented West Indies in the Under-15 Costcutter Cup in England in 2000, then made his Jamaica senior debut in 2007-08.He has since featured for the West Indies, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Mumbai Indians and West Indies A.The cricketer is greatly respected by his community folk and remains encouraged by the turn-out on match days, following the start on Heroes Day, October 19. The competitors are vying for cash prizes, trophies and medals.”I was a footballer in high school, … (but) things changed and the opportunity presented itself with cricket, (but) football and my community are two things I love,” Santokie pointed out.He added that his project has got good corporate/community-based support from the member of parliament, councillor and some business places.”I am not the one who is gonna run away from where I am just to go live somewhere else. I decided that I am here and we are respected in the community, so I have taken the responsibility to plan and execute this community idea,” he assured.”Inside, I really feel good to know I tried something and it worked. It’s not about going on the street and a man beg me a $1,000 or a $200. It is about community partnership, unity and building the community vibes and helping youths,” Santokie told The Gleaner.
King and queen of the sprinting world and now, yet again, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have claimed the RJR Sports Foundation 2015 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year crowns after last night’s coronation as Jamaican sporting royalty. Like he was last year, shot-putter O’Dayne Richards, who twice hit a national record – 21.69m – on his way to winning Pan American gold and a historic World Championships bronze, was presented with the runner-up to the Sportsman of the Year award. Sprint hurdles world champion Danielle Williams capped a terrific year with the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the Year trophy, after her personal best 12.57 brought her the gold in Beijing last summer. Exceptional seasons The lack of surprise around what was Bolt’s sixth and Fraser-Pryce’s third Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year titles speaks volumes to the exceptional seasons that both sprinters enjoyed, considering the highly successful year that their peers also registered. They are used to topping medal podiums, and the pair again shared the spotlight at the glitzy ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus – as they did in 2012 and 2013. Bolt helped himself to gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m in Beijing, while Fraser-Pryce followed up her World Championships gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m with the Diamond League 100m title. This win by Bolt means that a track and field athlete has won the National Sportsman of the Year title for 13 of the last 15 years, with cricketer Chris Gayle in 2010 and last year’s winner Nicholas Walters (boxer), being the exceptions. His other wins came in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. The athletics dominance is even more pronounced on the female side, with only three non-track and field athletes winning the National Sportswoman of the Year award in its 54-year history. Fraser-Pryce also won this award in 2012 and 2013. The MVP Track Club star, who has won two Olympic and seven World Championships gold medals over a decorated career, was also presented with the Sagicor Icon Award. Novlene Williams-Mills, whose determined anchor leg lifted Jamaica to a gold medal in the World Championships 4x400m relay and who also successfully fought breast cancer, was recognised with the Chairman’s Award. Former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Past the finishing post Caymanas Park Results for May 21, 2016 Weather: Fine, Track: Good Race 1 1200 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES *1. CHOO CHOO BLUE RHalledeen 54.0 2. POLLY B MWard4 50.0 7L 3. AWESOME DESTINY SEllis 54.0 3/4L 4. DINNER BY SEVEN JErwin 53.0 Sh.Head WIN: $70.00 PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00 Final Time : 1:12.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.0 Winner : 3yo b filly – COWTOWN CAT – CHOOBLOO Trainer : PETER MCMASTER Owner : MISS SUCKIE Bred by BRENT FEMUNG & CRYSTAL FEMUNG Qu : $187.00 Ex: $215.00 Trifecta: $93.00 Race 2 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.I) 1. BLUE PEPSI LINKS RHalledeen 54.0 2. THAT’S THE MAN JPatterson3 51.0 3 1/4L *3. NEHEMIAH JErwin 52.5 2 1/2L 4. PHOTOGENIC AChatrie 52.0 1 1/4L 5. ACAPULCO MWard4 50.0 2 1/4L DNF #3 BIG PAUL RNelson 54.0 WIN: $479.00 PLACE: $118.00, $97.00, $70.00 Final Time : 1:15.0 Splits : 23.2, 47.2 Winner : 3yo b colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – FORCED ON ME Trainer : RYAN DARBY Owner : IAN LODGE Bred by HOWARD HAMILTON Qu: $804.00 Ex: $1,862.00 D/E: $383.00 Trifecta: $1,557.00 Hi-5: $22,439.00 Race 3 1600 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO(NW4) 1. LADY BELRIDGE OMullings 53.0 2. STAR NEW VISTA JPatterson3 51.0 Head *3. BIGBROWNGREYHOPE AChatrie 54.0 5 1/2L 4. FLYING MIRACLE DDawkins3 51.0 3/1 5 DNF #6 UNBREAKABLE SEllis 57.0 WIN: $208.00 PLACE: $103.00, $74.00, $74.00 Final Time : 1:41.2 Splits : 24.2, 47.2, 1:12.3 Winner : 6yo b mare – OUTRIGGER – DOCANDME Trainer : ALBERT CHONG Owner : BRAVID Bred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD. Qu: $354.00 Ex: $709.00 D/E: $2,278.00 Superfecta: $1,001.00 Rolling Triple: $2,904.00 Race 4 1100 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)-FILLIES & MARES 1. WINESHA JPatterson3 55.0 *2. CLEARLY OURS AChatrie 52.0 1 3/4L 3. EUSEBIA RLahoe 55.0 5/2 11L 4. VERONICA B DDawkins3 49.0 2 1/2L 5. WAR CHIP OEdwards3 50.5 2 1/2L DNF #4 GREAT BROWN RMcNaughton 54.0 DNF #10 NO COINCIDENCE OnBeckford4 50.0 Late scratch : #2 NOOKLIN BRIDGE WIN: $138.00 PLACE: $68.00, $61.00, $70.00 Final Time : 1:08.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.1 Winner : 6yo ch mare – STORM CRAFT – POSITIVE VIBES Trainer : PATRICK TAYLOR Owner : ROBERT PEARSON Bred by RAPHAEL E. GORDON Qu: $216.00 Ex: $510.00 D/E: $629.00 (7-2) $193.00 Trifecta: $342.00 Hi-5: $2,028.50 Rolling Triple: $7,834.00 Race 5 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4) 1. ELVIRA DDawkins3 51.0 2. MAMETA OFoster 54.0 1/2L 3. ZEEVA OEdwards3 50.5 Neck 4. AQUILO BebHarvey3 52.0 1/2L Late scratch : #2 FIX IT UP, #4 FIFTYONESTORM WIN: $393.00 PLACE: $155.00, $296.00, $167.00 Final Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.0, 46.3 Winner : 4yo b filly – PORTO SANTO – DIABLO FOREVER Trainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : DELETA BREWSTER Bred by Y.S. (1955) LTD. Qu: $3,960.00 Ex: $24,908.00 D/E: $1,543.00 (5-2) $107.00 Superfecta Carry-over : $132,736.50 Rolling Triple: $5,460.00 Race 6 1200 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (DIV.II) 1. COPPERFIELD LSteadman2 54.0 2. OK DUDE WHenry 54.0 7/2 3-1/4L *3. LUCKY NINE HPottinger3 51.5 1 1/2L 4. BIG MACHINE LINKS AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/4L 5. PIANO MAN ISpence 54.0 2 1/2L 6. BOUNCE OnBeckford4 50.0 3/4L WIN: $394.00 PLACE: $84.00, $86.00, $61.00 Final Time : 1:15.3 Splits : 23.3, 47.2 Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – PIK A TRIX Trainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : STEPHAN A NARINESINGH Bred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD. NOTE: HORSE #7 UNCLE BUNNY CAME 2ND, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 12TH. Qu: $1,415.00 Ex: $2,694.00 D/E: $5,055.00 Trifecta: $1,650.00 Hit-6 carry-over: $112,365.50 Rolling Triple: $12,575.00 Pick-4: $31,892.00 Super-6: $113,015.80 Race 7 1300 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)-F&M 1. SONG BIRD WHenry 52.0 2. QUEENOFSAINTROSE JErwin 52.5 4 1/2L 3. LAGUNA POINT HPottinger3 51.5 1/2L 4. VALLEY OF QUEENS RMcNaughton 51.5 3L 5. STERRI’S CHOICE OSimpson 52.0 3/4L WIN: $151.00 PLACE: $90.00, $196.00, $202.00 Final Time : 1:23.0 Splits : 23.3, 47.2, 1:14.3 Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – MELISSA’S SONG Trainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner: DWIGHT CHEN Bred by DWIGHT CHEN Qu: $602.00 Ex: $909.00 D/E: $1,198.00 Trifecta: $9,172.00 Hi-5 carry-over: $126,168.25 Rolling Triple: $20,193.00 Race 8 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3) 1. CHIEF PROSPECT JErwin 53.0 2. KABRINA AndreePowell4 48.0 3 1/4L 3. DR. DEAREST DDawkins3 49.0 3/4L 4. SEQUOYAH AndrePowell4 52.0 1/2L 5. TRACKING DANIEL OMullings 54.0 2 1/4L WIN: $251.00 PLACE: $172.00, $386.00, $209 Final Time : 1:31.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.0, 1:15.4 Winner : 5yo colt – WAR MARSHALL – PRINCESS SHEILA Trainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner: DWIGHT CHEN Bred by ORETT WELLINGTON Qu: $5,173.00 Ex: $14,340.00 D/E: $540.00 Trifecta: $127,749.00 Hi-5 carry-over: $296,604.10 Rolling Triple: $8,050.00 Race 9 1000 M (R) (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3) 1. AUNT HILDA RMcNaughton 50.5 2. SHADE OF BEAUTY OMullings 52.0 3/4L 3. EL NUMERO UNO WHenry 54.0 1/2L 4. ST. BERNARD SEllis 54.0 29/1 1/2L DNF: #5 ROCKETEER PParchment 53.0 Late scratch : #2 ABOGADO WIN: $799.00 PLACE: $180.00, $228.00, $109.00 Final Time : 1:02.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.3 Winner : 5yo b filly – LEGAL PROCESS – LADY INDIRA Trainer : PATRICK FONG Owner : NEW BLUE LTD. Bred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P. Qu: $4,027.00 Ex: $11,634.00 D/E: $2,840.00 (2-2) $358.00 Superfecta: $481,410.00 Rolling Triple: $10,753.00 PlacePot 8 : Carry-over : $365,703.75 TITANIA TROPHY Race 10 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II (NW2)-FILLIES 1. CLASSY AVIATOR AChatrie 52.5 521.00 150.00 *2. BIRD CATCHER OWhite 52.5 1 1/4L 3. BABY P BebHarvey3 52.5 25/1 3/4L 4. LIKE A LADY WHenry 52.0 42/1 2L 5. BLUE MOON JInnis3 52.0 1 1/4L WIN: $521.00 PLACE: $150.00, $75.00, $217.00 Final Time : 1:07.0 Splits : 23.0, 46.3 Winner : 3yo ch filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – CLASSY CHANEL Trainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner: TEST PILOTS Bred by EVERDEEN MAXWELL REEVES Qu: $713.00 Ex: $2,373.00 D/E: $18,109.00 Trifecta: $6,719.00 Hi-5: $669,883.00 Rolling Triple: $365,611.00 Pick-4 : $356,956.00 Super-6: $2,000,219.00 Pick-9: $8,116.50; $170.50 Carry-over: $1,397,704.30
ABU DHABI, UAE (CMC): West Indies showed early promise but buckled under the weight of the irrepressible Younis Khan’s 33rd Test hundred and a couple of dropped chances as Pakistan gained an early foothold in the second Test here yesterday. Opting to bat first on a flat track on the opening day of the contest at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, the hosts were comfortably placed on 304 for four when bad light ended play with six overs remaining. Younis, who missed last week’s historic day/night opening Test in Dubai as he recovered from a bout of dengue, stroked a high-class 127, while captain Misbah-ul-Haq closed on an unbeaten 90. Asad Shafiq, who also got a half-century in the opening Test, chimed in with a valuable 68 to help pull Pakistan around after they lost their openers cheaply. Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was impressive despite struggling with a no-ball problem, leading the Windies attack with two for 43 from his 14 overs sent down in short spells throughout the day. The right-armer struck as early as the fifth over of the morning when he had first Test triple century-maker Azhar Ali bowled off the inside edge without scoring, with only six runs on the board. Shafiq arrived to add 36 for the second wicket with Sami Aslam before the left-hander perished on the stroke of the first hour, bowled for six between bat and pad, missing a drive at leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo. Thereafter, however, West Indies were forced to toil for success as the 38-year-old Younis spearheaded two partnerships to limit West Indies to just two more wickets for the remainder of the day. He and Shafiq posted 87 for the third wicket to see Pakistan safely to the lunch interval before he added a further 175 for the fourth wicket with the unruffled Misbah, which ensured the hosts won the last two sessions. SCOREBOARD PAKISTAN 1st innings Sami Aslam b Bishoo 6 Azhar Ali b Gabriel 0 Asad Shafiq b Gabriel 68 Younis Khan c Chase b Brathwaite 127 *Misbah-ul-Haq not out 90 Extras (lb6, nb7) 13 Total (4 wkts, 84 overs) 304 To bat: +Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali. Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-42, 3-129, 4-304. Bowling: Gabriel 14-1-43-2 (nb7), Cummins 15-1-43-0, Holder 14-4-31-0, Bishoo 20-0-92-1, Chase 12-0-53-0, Brathwaite 9-0-36-1. WEST INDIES *J Holder, K Brathwaite, L Johnson, D Bravo, M Samuels, J Blackwood, R Chase, +S Hope, D Bishoo, M Cummins, S Gabriel. Toss: Pakistan. Umpires: M Gough, R Illingworth; TV – P Reiffel.
LONDON, England (AP):Andy Murray received a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s Honours list yesterday, recognition from the monarch for reaching the pinnacle of tennis by winning his second Wimbledon and Olympic titles on his way to topping the rankings.The 29-year-old Murray was previously named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in 2012 after becoming Olympic champion for the first time.Joining Murray in being knighted in British sports is Mo Farah, who retained his 5,000- and 10,000-metre titles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August, becoming the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals.”I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight,” Farah said yesterday. “Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today – it’s a dream come true.PROUD TO REPRESENT”I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.”Lee Pearson, who won his 11th Paralympic gold in equestrian in Rio, was also knighted. He already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport.Damehoods went to heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and rower Katherine Grainger, who both retired from competitive action following the Rio Olympics.Ennis-Hill added silver in Rio to her gold at London, as did Grainger, who came out of retirement to compete in the double sculls alongside Vicky Thornley.Knights are addressed as ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’. Recipients of the other honours have no title, but can put the letters after their names. The ranks for the Orders of the British Empire are Commander, Officer and Member, in descending order.Away from the Olympics, Wales Manager Chris Coleman was awarded an OBE for steering his national football team into its first semifinal at the European Championship.Northern Ireland were eliminated by Wales at Euro 2016 in the round of 16 but their manager, Michael O’Neill, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE.Britain’s honours are bestowed by the monarch, but recipients are selected by committees of civil servants from nominations made by the government and the public.
“Cricket is my main sport, and so this why I continue to be a groundsman,” said Williams. “The money don’t’ matter to me because it may be small, but I just love doing my job as a groundsman,” Williams said. Meanwhile, Lucas Cricket Club president Daniel Wilmot, said the lack of financial support at the club is hampering its ability to properly pay its grounds staff. “The curators, or groundsmen, don’t earn that much money, and what they earn is not enough to keep doing that alone. This is partly because the clubs are struggling for money, and only maybe two clubs are doing well, and so they are able to pay their staff. “However, generally, the clubs are struggling, and this is one of the reasons why cricket as a sport is struggling,” Wilmot said. However, all is not lost as the University of Technology (UTech) is set to stage a curator’s course this year in a bid to create new opportunities for those with interest in the field. Anthony Davis, UTech’s director of sports, said that the aim of the course is to improve the standard of Jamaican curators. “I realise that we really don’t have a consistent formal way of training groundsmen because people learnt the trade as a ‘prentice’, and there is no scientific method of doing it,” said Davis. “Looking around the world, we realise that it is a job in itself and a very distinguished job because if you are a curator in Sydney or Lords or any of the big places in the world, it is a serious job you have, but we don’t treat it that way,” he said. He said that the university would be engaging the services of a well-known curator from Durham in the England to conduct the course. Despite weekly wages in the region of $6,000 and very little recognition, local cricket groundsmen are expressing their commitment to the craft, even if there has been a considerable falloff among their ranks in recent years. Local groundskeepers say that although they face financial challenges, they still remain dedicated to their jobs due to their love for the profession and the sport. Lucas Cricket Club’s Travis Reid, who also plays for the outfit, says that despite the measly returns, he continues to carry out his duties because of love for the sport of the cricket and for his club. “You have to love the game to be a groundsman because most men who are in it have been in it for years. They have dedicated their time to it,” said Reid, who has been curator for the past seven years. “It is an underpaid job in Jamaica because nobody recognises the work that the groundsmen do,” Reid noted. “The main reason why I do it is because of my club Lucas, and so I will continue to do my work here. “It is only when we have International and first-class matches you will make little money,” Reid said. In fact, Reid said that many curators who have been in the profession before him are now walking away from the craft, because of the limited funds. “Locally, there is no money in it, and because of this a lot of people are turning away from groundsman work in Jamaica,” he said. Floyd Williams, who has been a curator at the Melbourne Cricket Club for 23 years, said that despite the lack of financial rewards, he, too, remains committed to doing his job to the best of his abilities. LOVE FOR JOB
NATURAL JUSTICE Crowne said that the provisional suspension not only violates WADA’s code, but also the code of the Anti-Doping Act as he questioned JADCO’s authority to issue such a suspension when it is the same entity bringing the case against his client. “That process is completely at odds with – forget even sports law, basic natural justice principles,” Crowne said. “There’s no way that survives. It’s exactly like if a police officer arrests you and says ‘for your bail hearing, you’re going to appear before the Commissioner of Police.’ People would laugh at that process. “This is how JADCO has been doing it since 2008 and there are dozens of athletes who have been affected by this. They’ve either given up or just said ‘let’s just get to the main hearing.’ JADCO has no ability to conduct its own hearing. That is fundamentally repugnant.” Crowne said he is pushing this matter, not only for Hylton but also for future athletes who may find themselves in a similar situation. He describes it as being of “great national importance” that JADCO acts within the rules of the Anti-Doping Act. JADCO’s attorney Lackston Robinson argued against Crowne’s suspension appeal, saying that it will raise what he described as jurisdictional issues, as he claimed the independent panel overseeing the case has no authority to make a decision on the matter. The day’s proceedings took longer than expected as it lasted just under two and a half hours. This was also because the two sides in the matter had a lengthy debate on the deadline for submitting documents to be presented as evidence in the trial. The date of the official hearing was set for May 30 and 31 at 10 a.m. each day, however the preliminary hearing will continue at 2:30 this afternoon at the same venue. The independent panel overseeing the hearing consists of Chairperson Georgia Gibson-Henlin QC, Japheth Ford, the medical representative and Denise Forrest, the sports representative. Riker Hylton’s attorney, Dr. Emir Crowne, said he had a busier day than he had expected in the preliminary anti-doping hearing of the 400 metres sprinter at the Jamaica Conference Centre, in Kingston yesterday. Crowne set out to prove that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) had “fundamentally violated” World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules by provisionally suspending the national athlete while he faces trial. In doing this, he also requested that the suspension be lifted, much like 400m sprint hurdler Kaliese Spencer’s attorney Paul Greene did in her case on Wednesday. Spencer and Hylton, although involved in separate cases, are both alleged to have failed to submit or evaded a sample request by a collection officer, under Article 2.3 of JADCO’s rules. However, both athletes deny these allegations.