Athletics

Anti-doping talk

President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) Dr Alfred Dawes (right) discusses the health consequences of banned substances in sport with (from left) president of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, MVP's Megan Simmonds and director of communications and education at JADCO Vane ... Read More

BROWN... threw 17.86m on his third attempt (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO) Brown cops CAC shot put bronze medal
RAYMOND Brown won Jamaica's first track and field medal at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean G ... Read More

SOPOT, Poland — Jamaica’s
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins
the Women’s 60m gold at the
IAAF World Indoor Athletics
Championships in a personal
best and world-leading 6.98
seconds at the Ergo Arena . Right:
Fraser-Pryce waves on the
medal podium. (PHOTO: AFP) IAAF tweaks qualifying system for World Championships
THE International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the global governing body for track a ... Read More

Javon Smith of Spalding High clears a hurdle during a training session at the Digicel/MVP Grass-roots
Athletic Clinic held at the St Catherine Sports Complex in Montego Bay on October 25. Young athletes benefit from grassroots clinic
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Athletes from central Jamaica benefited from a recent Digicel/MVP Gra ... Read More

All systems go for 3rd staging of CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, November 15, 2014    

Mathew Lyn (left), Chief Operating Officer of the CB Group,
presents a certificate to scholarship recipient Zaavarn
Richards during the launch of the CB Group UWI 5K.

THE third annual CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk and Smart Egg Kids K is set and ready to go tomorrow. The event seems set to be a tremendous spectacle as patrons run and walk to aid student development and the purchase of a Peritoneal Dialysis Cycler for the University Hospital of the West Indies' (UHWI) Dialysis Unit. Warm-up will begin at the UWI Bowl at 6:30 am with race time for the 5K set for 7:00 am. Families will participate in the event that is tailored for all age groups with the first offi ... Read More

Germans hope doping law is good for Olympic bid

Thursday, November 13, 2014    

World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey

BERLIN, Germany (AP) — German officials hope a proposed anti-doping law will increase support around the country for a 2024 Olympic Games bid. Germany plans to put up either Berlin or Hamburg as host. Both cities face vigorous anti-Olympic campaigns. "If the sport is cleaner, the acceptance for a bid would also increase," Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said yesterday in officially presenting the bill. The draft law sees jail terms of up to three years for professional athletes cau ... Read More

December return for Custom Marbles COMETS Classic

PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, November 13, 2014    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — FOLLOWING an absence of two years, the Custom Marbles COMETS Classic will return on Saturday, December 13 at Irwin High School. The meet will feature 'over distance' events but athletes can register qualifying times for the annual ISSA Boys and Girls Championships set for March next year. Athletes will be able to achieve qualifying times in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m and 5000m events. The other events that will be contested are: 150m, 300m and 600m as well as the dis ... Read More

Organisers happy with Tour de Falmouth

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer | Thursday, November 06, 2014    

Participants in the Elite race during Sunday's first staging of the
Tour de Falmouth cycle race through the historic town.
(PHOTO: PAUL REID)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny - Organisers of last Sunday's inaugural Tour de Falmouth cycle race are happy with the event, despite bad weather that threatened its staging. Stephen Ventura, one of the organisers, told the Jamaica Observer West they were encouraged by the first of what they hope to be a quarterly event that will be staged across western Jamaica. "I am very happy with this first one," he said after the two races provided a lot of excitement for the fans who braved the rains and turned out. ... Read More

Jeptoo demands analysis of ‘B’ sample

Wednesday, November 05, 2014    

Kenyan marathoner Rita
Jeptoo arrives at Kenya’s
athletics headquarters,
Athletics Kenya, in Nairobi
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

Athletics Kenya revealed last week that it had been informed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that Jeptoo's 'A' sample, taken in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September, had tested positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO. Jeptoo, aged 33 and seen as currently the world's best female marathoner, looked tired and nervous as she attended an emergency meeting with Athletics Kenya's medical and anti-doping commission. "Nothing, nothing, nothing," Jeptoo sai ... Read More

Kenya promises action against sports doping

Wednesday, November 05, 2014    

President of WADA Craig Reedie

DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Kenya has a doping problem, one of the country's government ministers told The Associated Press, and it also has a plan to clean it up. Only days after marathon runner Rita Jeptoo was exposed for a positive doping test, Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario Arero said the country has "a very clear roadmap" to tackle the problem and will open a new anti-doping agency by the end of the year. "The key thing here is acknowledging the problem, that there is a problem (and) althoug ... Read More

Hugo Chambers winners

Tuesday, November 04, 2014    

HUGO CHAMBERS 1 Chadoye Dawson (left) of University of Technology (UTech) crosses the line in front of teammates Herbert Thomas (3410) and Kadar Bryan (3402) to win the men's 5K section at the 28th staging of the Hugo Chambers Memorial at Jamaica College on Sunday. Dawson and Thomas completed the distance in 16 minutes and 35 seconds, with Bryan one second behind. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) HUGO CHAMBERS 2 Brittany Dixon of Vere Technical High school on her way to winning the women's 5K catego ... Read More

  Carrie’s moment

Tuesday, November 04, 2014    

Olympian Carrie Russell
beams with pride as she
is congratulated by
Chancellor of the
University of Technology
(UTech) Edward Seaga,
on the award of her
Bachelor of Education
degree at UTech’s
graduation ceremony
held at the National
Arena on Saturday.

Olympian Carrie Russell beams with pride as she is congratulated by Chancellor of the University of Technology (UTech) Edward Seaga, on the award of her Bachelor of Education degree at UTech's graduation ceremony held at the National Arena on Saturday. Carrie's moment --> Read More

Fierce criticism for Kenya athletics after latest positive test

Sunday, November 02, 2014    

World Anti-Doping Agency President John Fahey

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Kenya's athletics bosses came in for fierce criticism yesterday after it emerged Rita Jeptoo, currently the world's leading female marathon runner, tested positive in an out-of-competition anti-doping test. A senior Athletics Kenya official, vice-president Jackson Tuwei, has revealed to AFP that Jeptoo's 'A' sample had contained traces of the blood-boosting drug EPO, the same blood-boosting drug used by Lance Armstrong to cheat his way to seven Tour de France wins. ... Read More

JADCO concludes successful series of Anti-Doping workshops

Saturday, November 01, 2014    

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) concluded another series of Junior Athletes Anti- Doping Education Workshops at the Port Maria Civic Centre in St Mary on Wednesday. Speaking at the workshop in St Mary, student athlete Shamagay Myers of Ferncourt High School in St Ann, said, "The workshop was very timely, as it will now help me to improve my preparation for next year's athletics season." Also speaking at the workshop, Clevon Patterson, physical education teacher and coach at the Anno ... Read More



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