GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC):Former West Indies Under-19 opener Tagenarine Chanderpaul says he plans to use the upcoming first class season to improve his batting in the longer format of the game as a member of the Guyana Jaguars franchise.”Hopefully, if I get a knock, get some runs and do well for the team because we are the defending champions, and we have to retain that status,” said the 19-year-old left-hander.”After I finish training in the mornings here (with the team), I usually go home and practise my batting in the nets about an hour or so in the bowling machine.”Chanderpaul, who will be looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, Shivnarine, has a total of nine first-class matches, with an average of 20. At the Under-19 level last year, he was an outstanding performer at the top of the order for young West Indies, scoring 112 against India at the 2014 World Cup in Dubai.
THE Jamaican Jockey Agents Association, led by President Donovan Wilson, has joined the jockeys, grooms and Jamaica Racehorse Trainers associations in dismissing claims of affiliation to either of the two bidders involved in the Government’s divestment of Caymanas Track Limited (CTL).The agents, who solicit rides on behalf of jockeys – liaising with trainers – are recognised and licensed by the Jamaica Racing Commission.In a press release signed by Wilson, the agents association said it “endorses the position taken by the racehorse trainers association, the grooms’ association and the Jamaica Jockey’s Association as specified in their press release regarding the neutrality of all associations in relation to the current bid for divestment”.”We also stand with them in their declared stance not to endorse or support any action that involves the sale of any asset or land owned by CTL,” the agents’ release stated.Over a week ago, the trainers, jockeys and grooms issued a joint press release declaring their neutrality in the process while stating they were “totally against” any proposed sale involving any of Caymanas Park’s 196 acres on which the horse-racing plant operates in Portmore, St Catherine.No long-term closureThe jockeys’ agents, in their release, further stated that the Government should include a clause to guard against any long-term closure of the racetrack.”We implore that a clause be placed within the divestment negotiations that guarantee that in the event that local racing ceases to be held at the CTL racetrack for a period of more than three months, that the lease of the property would be voided and the property reverted to the control of the Jamaican Government,” the release added.This clause, Wilson said, would safeguard his members’ livelihood.”My membership is involved in a very specific profession and they can only earn their living if local racing is functioning. This is similar to the other membership of the other unions, i.e., jockeys, racehorse trainers and grooms.”The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) is in receipt of bids from two entities expressing interest in acquiring state-run horse-racing promoting company CTL.The bids were received from Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited and Supreme Ventures Limited, following the bid opening exercise at the DBJ on Friday, September 18.Caymanas Racing and Entertainment Limited comprises a number of stakeholders at Caymanas Park, including noted horsemen and investors Michael Bernard, Richard Lake and trainer Richard Azan.The DBJ and Caymanas Track Limited Enterprise Team (CTLET) are overseeing the privatisation process on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.It is anticipated that the evaluation will be completed this month, after which the preferred bidder will be recommended by CTLET to the Ministry of Finance and Planning and to the Cabinet for approval.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CMC):Jamaican jockey Shaun Bridgmohan made virtually all the running aboard favourite Cash Control to capture the US$60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds here last Saturday.Cash Control grabbed the lead outside the five-eighths pole after fighting Bridgmohan made her running along the rails before easily fending off her challengers in the stretch to reach the wire 2-1/2 lengths clear in a time of one minute, 43.07 seconds. The victory was her third straight but first added money score.Bridgmohan said he realised the four-year-old bay filly wanted the lead from the break and he complied.”She was very determined wanting to go, so I dropped my hands and let her do her thing,” he said.Bridgmohan narrowly missed out on another stakes triumph when he finished second by a nose aboard favourite Twirling Cinnamon as 5-1 chance Taylors Angiel won the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes.
The Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.
Upon return to Jamaica by way of deportation, former West Indies paceman, Franklyn Rose, is claiming racial injustice and wrongful deportation and recounted his story “for public information on racial profiling predominantly in a Caucasian environment”.Speaking in an interview via the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), the Jamaican shared: “I need to let people know what really happened. I am disappointed in the New Zealand immigration system. I am very disappointed,” he said of being locked up abroad and then deported.Rose’s attorney is currently pursuing the matter, and the former cricketer wants Jamaicans to understand he was not a lawbreaker.”I want people to understand my side of the story, to set the record straight,” Rose said.Rose entered a professional contract with New Zealand Cricket playing and coaching at the club level in 2010. He played two years at that level before his contract ended. Rose said he had high hopes of retaining a new contract, but it was not to be.He said that in 2012, he was victim of a traumatic racial assault.According to the Jamaican, four Caucasian men used racially discriminatory words while attacking him in an attempt to steal his car.THEY BEAT ME”They beat me down. One (guy) missed my head and chopped me on the hand,” said Rose, who was subsequently admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at hospital for three days before being released, according to him, prematurely.”The nurses kicked me out; (they) said they needed to care for other patients. After a day my friend had to take me back to the hospital. I was having some serious pains. The doctors told me I had a blood clot in my lungs and I had nerve damage in my hand,” said Rose.The former cricketer said there was no arrest related to his assault, even though the incident was reported to the police.”I reported the incident to the police, but because of the colour of my skin, they thought I was in a gang or something.”By the time he got kicked out of hospital, Rose’s cricket career was virtually over and he was on his own to pay the medical bills.”They thought that I was addicted to drugs or pain medication or something. They knew I was sick, though, that I had a blood clot. I ended up going to a private hospital instead,” he outlined, adding that he felt that his rejection was influenced by his race.Rose added that the private hospital fees were as high at US$1,500 per day, which he paid out of pocket. He was discharged after a week.He explained that the severity of his health condition and the fact that he had to be taking medication disallowed him from flying back home to Jamaica.Thus, he stayed in New Zealand for another two years while seeing various health specialists weekly to assist with his recovery.”I was prescribed very strong medication Warfarin. That’s a blood thinner. I also had internal bleeding in my brain; that meant more hospital fees and medication, and I was advised by the doctors that I could not travel by air,” he stressed.Rose admitted that it was depressing not being able to play cricket.”One morning, the police came knocking on my door. They questioned me about my immigration status and asked for my medical documents. I told them everything and gave them all my documents,” Rose said.”They put me on a reporting order. I had to report to the police station every Wednesday at 9 a.m. I did that religiously,” he said.Rose stressed that everything seemed well until eight weeks ago when the police came to his house at 6 a.m. and “dragged me out”.ALLEGED RAPERose said, to his dismay, he was told that he was under investigation for an alleged rape incident.”I was so confused. I know that it was a lie and they treated me like I was nothing.”Rose said he was advised that, irrespective of his medical condition, he would be deported because of his overstay.Rose added that while in court, the judge advised him there were no flights available for his deportation.”They threw me in prison for 10 days, among murderers, rapists and other convicts. It was crazy; I know I didn’t belong there.” Rose said.”I couldn’t get to use the shower. I couldn’t brush my teeth for 10 days and I didn’t even get my medication until after eight days of being locked up. I could have died in that cell. I was so depressed.”Rose recalled: “I was finally given shower privileges, but no one told me that each shower lasted for only five minutes. They cut off the water while I was soaped up. I had to wash off myself with the water from the toilet.”After spending 38 days in prison, he said he was taken out of his cell and escorted to the airport.”They put me in one of those prison trucks. They treated me like a criminal.”He was then seated at the back of the plane and placed under high security.He added that he is looking forward to full recovery, while enabling him to make a contribution to cricket.
MADRID (AP):Atletico Madrid won early yesterday and then watched a humbling defeat for Barcelona, and yet another disappointing draw by Real Madrid, to lead the Spanish league for the first time this season.Atletico dominated in a 2-0 win at Valencia, while Madrid drew 1-1 at home with Eibar for their fourth-consecutive draw, and Barcelona conceded three goals in 11 minutes in the first half in a 4-3 loss at Celta Vigo. The crucial fourth goal was an embarrassing mistake by goalkeeper Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen.The results left Diego Simeone’s team in the lead with 15 points from seven matches. Madrid also have 15 points, but an inferior goal difference.Barcelona, still without the injured Lionel Messi, stayed on 13 points after their second league loss. They are one point behind third-placed Sevilla, which defeated Alaves 2-1 on Saturday.Pique scored twice and Neymar once as Barcelona came close to rallying from the three-goal deficit, but the goalkeeper’s mistake with the game at 3-2 dampened the team’s chances.Instead of sending the ball into attack, the German goalkeeper tried to pass it to a defender, but Celta midfielder Pablo Hernandez timed his jump perfectly and the ball struck his head and hit the far post before crossing the line.”We know Marc is very good with his feet; a lot of our plays begin with him,” Pique said. “Everybody makes mistakes, but we know him well and he won’t be affected by that.”REAL MADRID 1, EIBAR 1Midfielder Fran Rico put Eibar ahead with a header in the sixth minute and Gareth Bale equalised from close range in the 17th, but Madrid were not able to capitalise on their scoring chances for the rest of the match, prompting jeers from fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.VALENCIA 0, ATLETICO 2Two penalty saves by Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves were not enough to stop Atletico Madrid.Antoine Griezmann scored in the 63rd minute and Kevin Gameiro in injury time to give Atletico the win at Valencia despite Alves’ saves in each half.”The two penalties mean nothing to me,” Alves said. “I wanted to win the match.”
The emergence of young Jamaican footballer Leon Bailey on the world stage and the ensuing controversy it has sparked in local football circles is a clear index of exactly what is wrong with Jamaica’s football. Bailey’s haphazard journey was plotted and piloted by his eccentric guardian, mentor and manager, Craig Butler, who is currently sparing no punches for the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), especially as young Bailey continues to grab the attention of some of the big clubs in Europe. Butler’s eccentricity aside, his intent, his commitment, his belief and his conviction to create opportunities for his young players have begun to bear fruit, with Bailey’s coming to age as a genuine star of the modern game. The timing of the 19-year-old’s emergence is a slap in the face of the failed philosophy by the JFF, for its perennial scouting of England-born players to represent the national team, instead of a structured plan of development of our young local-based player core. National coaches and scouts never had Bailey. The seemingly inherent prejudice against local-born and bred players probably denied them the qualities that the top clubs in Europe are now going after. The widespread myopia infecting local football authorities may have contributed to blocking the recognition of Bailey’s sublime skills, his frightening pace, his passion, desire and competitiveness, qualities attributed to him by several scouts and managers across Europe, including former Dutch international and one-time coach of Ajax Amsterdam, Frank De Boer. Such scant regard is symptomatic of a wider short-sightedness, rooted in an inherent lack of belief and lack of faith in the quality of young Jamaican players. That same narrowness of thought has evolved into a severe myopia that has seen many talented, young, Jamaican players dispatched into obscurity over the years. The misguided and now discredited extremity of chasing countless mediocre England-born and based players with questionable commitment to Jamaica has stifled the development and emergence of an entire generation of Jamaica-born players. Fortunately, Bailey was rescued from this cycle by the vision of Butler via his Phoenix Academy. Say what you want about Butler, the fact of the matter is that he dared to have a vision and he dared to venture outside the box in pursuit of that vision. What he did was not rocket science or a reinvention of the wheel, it was a simple and basic fundamental of sport; he invested his entire life in the unearthing and development of young players, proceeding to develop strategic networks and working relationships with some European clubs If Bailey achieves anything near his highly touted potential as a player, then Butler would be better able to upgrade and intensify his operation. We should all wish him more success. As difficult as it must be, the leadership of the JFF should at least look at what Butler is doing and hopefully they will learn at least the most basic of lessons: that football development is all about investment in young players. A word to the wise is sufficient.
As expected, the unbeaten filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, scored another facile win at Caymanas Park yesterday, strolling home by six lengths on a muddy surface to win the 10th running of the Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, race number two in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds.Installed a howling 1-5 favourite, with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Winston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER bided her time just off the early pace in fourth as her lesser fancied stable-companion MR UNIVERSE (9-2) led narrowly from the grey VERY CLASSIC (73-1) in a field of eight.But when Walker asked her to go in chase of MR UNIVERSE from the 600-metre marker, she effortlessly straightened on his heels, quickly disposing of him to win by six lengths from the grey SOTOMAYOR (13-1), staying on to pip the rank outsider LADY FAYE (93-1) on the rails for second.”This win was anticipated by everyone,” said Kong. “She has now won her three races to date by a combined margin of 25 lengths and, to say she is an exceptional two-year-old in the mould of Princess Popstar, who won all three races in the series in 2013, would be an understatement.”She will seek to emulate Popstar by sweeping all three races in the series when she steps up to a mile on Boxing Day in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures (SVL) Jamaica Two-Year-Old Stakes. However, if this is achieved, she, like Princess Popstar won’t be eligible to collect the million dollar bonus offered by SVL as neither went through the ring in the TOBA yearling sale”, Kong disclosed.SHE’S A MANEATER is a bay filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 ‘Horse of the Year’ Ahwhofah and a half sister to last year’s 2000 Guineas winner ALI BABA.The day’s big upset came via the 54-1 outsider POLLY B, who made all under former champion Wesley Henry to win the open allowance sprint for the Pick 3 Supreme Trophy, in a driving finish from BLUE DIXIE (8-1) and 4-5 favourite CRUCIAL APPEAL, clocking a fast 1:11.2 for 1200 metres.DaCosta saddled three winners on the card.
Business executive Ian Forbes is the new first vice-president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). The Warren Blake-led executive which had served the sport for the past four years was not challenged at Tuesday’s annual general meeting held at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, but there were a few changes among the executive members. Forbes, the second vice- president in the last administration, moved up to the post of first vice-president to replace Dave Myrie, who did not seek re-election. Myrie is the principal of Kingston College. Forbes told The Gleaner that he is always happy to serve the JAAA. “This role means a lot to me and it is an honour and privilege to be selected to represent one’s national athletics association. I have been associated with the sport for many years since being a toddler following in my father’s footsteps. He is also an executive member,” said Forbes. Forbes described the executive as a ‘good mix’ of people. “Based on the skills set of the people selected, I think it is a good mix which will really propel the sport forward . I will serve in whatever capacity the committee sees fit and I am willing to work hard and diligently to ensure track and field in Jamaica remains at the pinnacle,” said Forbes, who also dispelled rumours that he was approached to challenge Blake once again on a different slate. Rumours Full executive “Many rumours were going around which were not really correct, but my mission is to serve in whatever capacity,” he said. Three members who had opposed Blake’s team four years ago are on the new executive. They are Lincoln Eatmon, now second vice-president; Juliet Parkes-Livermore and Leroy Cooke. Parkes-Livermore, who has accompanied teams to overseas meets, is making a return. Cooke, who was manager of the track and field team to the World Junior Championships in Poland last July, is now the director of records. He replaces Ewan Scott. President Dr Warren Blake First vice-president Ian Forbes Second vice-president Lincoln Eatmon Third vice-president Michael Frater Fourth vice-president Vilma Charlton Secretary Garth Gayle Assistant secretary Marie Tavares Treasurer Ludlow Watts Director of records Leroy Cooke Executive members: Gregory Hamilton, Juliet Parkes-Livermore, George Forbes, Maxine Brown, Dr Carl Bruce, Trevor Campbell, Ewan Scott and Michael Clarke.
Calabar High and Edwin Allen High turn into 2017 with growing Boys and Girls’ Championships title streaks on the line. Calabar have gone five straight and Edwin Allen three. However, while Michael Dyke’s Edwin Allen conglomerate looks unstoppable, Michael Clarke and Calabar face far greater resistance each year. Kingston College have nurtured a good-looking team with strength in Class One, Two, and Three, while Calabar seem a little weaker in the lower two classes on paper. Still, Calabar head coach, Clarke, is a formidable strategist and will have fully understood the task ahead. Already, his Class Two and Class Three forces look a bit better than expected. The last time a girls’ team won the Games Mistresses Trophy three times in a row, that streak reached nine, with Holmwood Technical looking like a juggernaut from 2003 to 2011. Ironically, the last time a boys’ team went five straight, it was Kingston College painting high school athletics purple and white from 2001 to 2006. Calabar stopped that streak, and Kingston College will want to return the favour to protect the longest-winning Championships run, their own 14-year domination, which started in 1962 and kept going until 1976. Dyke watched his friend Maurice Wilson guide Holmwood to nine wins in a row. While the soft-spoken Edwin Allen head coach probably won’t say, that is likely to be his minimum goal. What he has said is ominous. In a recent interview, he described his 2017 team as the best he has ever had. For the record, the biggest streak in Girls’ Championships history is the monumental 15 in-a-row by Vere Technical High. Hydel High School, first-timers at Champs in 2010, are now a powerhouse, but coach Corey Bennett is uncomfortable with the recent ISSA ruling to limit the number of events one athlete can do at Boys and Girls’ Championships. “At Hydel, you know, we don’t normally get the best of the best athletes coming, so the few athletes that we have that have some talent,” he explained, “we tend to try to teach them more than one discipline. “We try not to specialise them too early, and the ruling is basically forcing us to specialise”, he continued, “and that’s what I’m afraid of. “It is really tying our hands,” he concluded, “because if we knew this in August, with a little more preparation, we would have liked it then, but to tell us this in January for a March meet is almost ridiculous.” With Hydel and others like Vere grappling with that dilemma, perhaps St Jago High School and Holmwood will carry the fight to Edwin Allen. The true test of both streaks will begin on March 28. That’s when the 2017 edition of the world’s greatest high school meet gets under way at the National Stadium. – Hubert Lawrence has been attending Champs since 1980.