Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run donates equipment to UHWI Special Care Unit

Dr Cecil White (second left), CEO of the University Hospital of the West Indies, and Yvette Vincent, (right), Sister in charge of the Special Care Unit, inspect one of
the equipment handed over to the hospital by Sagicor Group. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are Phillip Armstrong, Sagicor Bank’s deputy CEO; Claudett
James, Senior Director Nursing at UHWI; Professor Horace Fletcher, dean of the faculty of medical sciences and Professor Minerva Thame, head of the
department of Child Health at the University Hospital of the West Indies. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

SAGICOR Group Jamaica yesterday presented the Special Care Unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) with medical equipment valued at $6.2m as part proceeds from the Sigma Corporate Run. The annual 5K walk, run and wheelchair road race which took place in February, garnered over $21 ... Read More

St Jago’s Kimone Shaw
powers to victory in the
girls’ Class Three 150-
metre race at the Wesley
Powell/Heart Institute of
the Caribbean Invitational
Track and Field Meet at
Exclesior High School on
Saturday. She clocked
19.19 seconds to win her
race, but was second
overall as her time was
bettered by St Mary
High’s Shanio Powell.
CUMMINGS) Organisers happy with 12th staging of Wesley Powell meet
The meet saw over 1,700 athletes representing 53 teams, participating in 40 track events and 29 fiel ... Read More

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo (right) shakes hands with the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, Giovanni Malago (left),
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (2nd left) and State Secretary to the Prime Minister, Graziano Delrio, during a ceremony in
Rome, Italy, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP) Rome the centrepiece of Italy's bid for 2024 Olympic Games
ROME, Italy (AFP) — Rome will spearhead an Italian bid for the 2024 Olympic Games, Prime Minis ... Read More

Some Rio track and field finals set for morning sessions — IAAF
THERE will be at least one final in all of the morning sessions during the track and field programme ... Read More

New Anti-doping Bill tabled in Senate

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter | Monday, December 15, 2014    

NEITA HEADLEY... We decided to conduct a review of the 2008 Anti-doping Act in order to clarify the roles. GRANGE... Opposition fully supported passage of the new Bill

THE new Anti-doping In Sport Bill was tabled in the Senate last week,with the debate expected to take place this week when the Senate meets again at Gordon House. The Bill signifies Jamaica's commitment to the worldwide fight against doping in sports, by adopting the World Anti-doping Code, the document which guides the harmonisation of anti-doping policies, rules and regulations within sports organisations around the world. The newly revised code was approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency ( ... Read More

Rudisha urges east African athletes to protect image

Monday, December 15, 2014    

RUDISHA... Kenya is known for its good reputation in athletics

KIMANA, Kenya (AFP) — Kenyan Olympic 800-metre champion David Rudisha has warned fellow athletes they are risking the reputation of their east Africa nation by taking performance-enhancing drugs. Kenya, whose naturally gifted distance runners are an immense source of national pride, was shocked by the revelation that Rita Jeptoo, the world's current top female marathon runner, tested positive for banned drugs. "It's hard, because Kenya is known for its good reputation in athletics, and w ... Read More

No surprise as Kaliese wins Golden Cleats top award

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer | Sunday, December 14, 2014    


Shot putter O’Dayne Richards and 400-metre hurdler Kaliese Spencer were named Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) Male and Female Athletes of the Year. The announcement was made at the JAAA/Scotiabank Golden Cleats Award ceremony at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, in Kingston, on Friday night. Richards, a 25-year-old who trains with the MVP Track and Field Club, created local history by becoming Jamaica’s first gold medallist at the sport when he hurtled the metal ba ... Read More

PHOTO: Fit and ready!

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Seventy-five-year-old Gerline Nelson poses for the Observer West lens after finishing first in her age group at last Saturday's Reggae Marathon in Negril. Nelson, who hails from Lima in St James, says she has over the years participated in 57 races and has placed first 47 times in her age group category. "Running is like medicine to my body," she says. (PHOTO: EVERARD OWEN) Read More

Several schools confirmed for COMETS Classic

BY PAUL A REID Observer West Writer | Thursday, December 11, 2014    

Stephanie Barrett, of Rusea’s High School, on
her way to victory in record time of 4 minutes
59.21 seconds in the Class One 1,500m at
Hanover Co-operative Credit Union/County of
Cornwall Athletics Association’s (COCAA) Girls’
Western Athletics Championships at Irwin High
School recently. (Observer File Photo)

IRWIN, St James — A number of schools including St Elizabeth Technical High have already confirmed their participation at Saturday's Custom Marbles COMETS Classic, set to get underway at 10:00am at Irwin High. Meet organiser Linden Thompson told Jamaica Observer West this week that several schools had indicated interest in participating in the meet that will feature 'over distance' events and where athletes can register qualifying times for the annual ISSA Boys' and Girls' Championships s ... Read More

PHOTO: Ready to run!

Monday, December 08, 2014    

Ready to run!

(From left) Beaches Negril's Valerie Edwards, finance manager; Wilbert Harding, chief engineer; Adrian Whitehead, general manager and Caroline Cousins, hotel manager pose for pictures ahead of the run-off to the annual Reggae Marathon in Negril, Westmoreland, on Saturday. The four formed part of the Sandals Foundation's group of volunteers who took part in the event. Ready to run! --> Read More

IOC calls for probe into alleged doping involving Russian athletes

Saturday, December 06, 2014    

BACH... We are determined to get to the bottom of this

MONACO, France (AFP) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday called for a quick investigation into claims that Russian athletes are involved in widespread performance-boosting doping. Craig Reedie, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has handed over information on the claims to the athletics governing body, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. The claims of Russian state-backed doping, made in a German television documentary, were "of course" raised at an IOC executive b ... Read More

Coe seeks to succeed Diack as head of IAAF

Friday, November 28, 2014    

(L-R) DIACK... stepping down after 16 years as IAAF
president. COE... I believe I have something
to offer

LONDON, England (AFP) — British athletics great Sebastian Coe announced yesterday that he has decided to run for the presidency of world governing body the IAAF. Incumbent president Lamine Diack, 81, is stepping down next year after 16 years in the role and Coe, a former middle-distance runner and double Olympic champion at 1,500 metres, hopes to succeed him. "As I speak to friends and colleagues around our great sport, I appreciate that we are entering a very important time for athlet ... Read More

Anti-doping talk

Thursday, November 27, 2014    

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 Vanessa Reid during the inaugural Senior Athletes Anti-Doping Education Workshop held on Saturday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. Anti-doping talk --> Read More

Brown cops CAC shot put bronze medal

Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

BROWN... threw 17.86m on his third attempt (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

RAYMOND Brown won Jamaica's first track and field medal at the 22nd Central American and Caribbean Games yesterday after he took bronze on the men's shot put event. Brown threw 18.30m to finish behind Mexican Mario Cota (19.30m), who just beat his teammate Christopher Saenz (19.27m). Cota's winning throw came in the final round after Saenz had taken the lead in the third round. Brown, who represented Jamaica at the World Championships in Russia last year and the Commonwealth Games in Scotland ... Read More



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