Jamaican thrower Smikle gets 2-year doping sanction

SMIKLE... said at the time that he did not knowingly or wittingly take any banned substance

MONACO (AP) — Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle has received a two-year suspension for doping. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says Smikle's ban will last until June 21, 2015. The sanction began from the date of his positive test for a banned substance at th ... Read More

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson (right) collects his award from CHASE Fund
chairman Dr Carlton Davis during the recent Courtney Walsh Award for
Excellence at the Pegasus Hotel. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Hyde, Whyte top Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence
THE Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence continued its trend of recognising the accomplishments of hi ... Read More

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson (right) collects his award from CHASE Fund
chairman Dr Carlton Davis during the recent Courtney Walsh Award for
Excellence at the Pegasus Hotel. (PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) Committee sticks with Frater for Walsh Award  
THE Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence was conceptualised in 2004 by former Prime Minister P J Patt ... Read More

HENZEL… founder of the
BREDS and Treasure Beach
Foundation in St Elizabeth VCB, Henzel for Doha GOALS Forum
Jamaicans Veronica Campbell Brown, a multiple global track and field gold medallist and businessman ... Read More

Unpaid volunteers worth millions to Olympic Games

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

International Olympic Committee Sports Department's director Christophe Dubi
(right) and Ukraine's National Olympic Committee president Sergei Bubka speak
as they attend on IOC executive board meeting at the SportAccord International
Convention in St Petersburg last year. (PHOTO: AFP)

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Rio needs 70,000 unpaid volunteers for the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, and Brazilian Olympic medallist Ricardo Prado is making a pitch with a deadline for signups just three weeks away. "Without the athletes, the games can't happen," he says in a recruiting advertisement. "But without the volunteers, it's the same." The International Olympic Committee promotes volunteers as the spirit of the games, recalling a time when athletes were unpaid amateurs. They ... Read More

IOC weighs Kosovo recognition, Gambia suspension

Friday, October 24, 2014    

A sculpture of the trademark of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on display during a press conference on the eve of the day that marks two years for the start of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the headquarters of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

LONDON, England (AP) — Kosovo could join the Olympic fold this week, while Gambia could face suspension. The status of the two countries will be discussed tomorrow during an International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meeting in Montreux, Switzerland, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said on Wednesday. The IOC's possible recognition of Kosovo has angered Serbian Olympic officials, who have worked to block international acceptance of the breakaway province. IOC recognition would clear ... Read More

Pistorius gets 5 years in prison

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (centre) is led by an officer into a holding cell
after being sentenced at the high court in Pretoria, yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, completing a transformation from an acclaimed sprinter at the 2012 Olympics to a convicted criminal led away in a police van with barred windows. Wearing a dark suit, the double-amputee athlete was subdued when Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the punishment in a Pretoria courtroom, ending a televised trial that was closely followed at home and abroad by th ... Read More

Frater unfit to collect Walsh award, but fit to party

Sunday, October 19, 2014    

Frater (right) poses with fellow Jamaica sprint star Asafa Powell at Ribbiz Lounge last Thursday night. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

SPRINTER and athletics administrator Michael Frater told officials of the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence that although he was in Jamaica, he would not be able collect the Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence at the 10th staging of the event at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last Thursday evening. The reason: He was sick, unable to walk and would require possible surgery to correct what was ailing him. Frater informed members of the Courtney Walsh Awards that a member of his managem ... Read More

PHOTO: Marriage on track

Friday, October 17, 2014    

World Youth 200m gold medallist Anneisha McLaughlin receives the heart-shaped baton from hubby JDF Lieutenant Cortess Whilby at the National Stadium shortly after the couple tied the knot at the Garrison Church of the Ascension, Up Park Camp, on Sunday. (PHOTO: SHANE MEGGHROSS PHOTOGRAPHY) Marriage on track --> Read More

Reggae Marathon to welcome runners from 29 countries

Thursday, October 16, 2014    

From left) Gary Taylor of Jamdammers, Reggae Marathon race director Alfred Francis, Jamdammers president Kaysia Johnson, Jamdammers’ Delrose Campbell
and chairman of Reggae Marathon Richard Lake at the media launch of the Reggae Marathon Half Marathon and 10K at the Altamonnt Court Hotel on Tuesday.

The 14th annual staging of the Reggae Marathon was launched at the Altamont Court Hotel in Kingston yesterday. The Reggae Marathon, the Half Marathon and the 10K events are set for Negril on Saturday, December 6 starting at 5:15 am. The prize purse remains J$1 million. In making the announcement, race director Alfred "Franno" Francis said that according to projections, "we are looking forward to welcoming participants from 29 countries". Participants are expected to be confirmed from Japan, ... Read More

Defence witness claims Pistorius could face gang rape in prison

Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

PISTORIUS... due to be sentenced on Friday

PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) — Double amputee Oscar Pistorius would be vulnerable to gang rape if sent to one of South Africa's brutal prisons, a defence witness claimed during a day of heated courtroom argument yesterday. With sentencing days away, the state and defence traded angry barbs over the Paralympian star athlete's disability, charity work and "blood money" apparently paid to Reeva Steenkamp's family since her death. Pistorius has been found guilty of unlawfully killing the 29- ... Read More

International athletes endorse CDA's 5K

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

Jamaica's Kaliese
celebrates after
winning the
women's 400m
hurdles event and
her fourth
Diamond League
trophy in five
years at the
Memorial Van
Damme Athletics
Diamond League
meeting in
Brussels, recently.

Commonwealth 400m hurdle champion and Diamond League Champion Kaliese Spencer and her MVP Track teammate and Continental Cup gold medallist Christine Day have endorsed the Child Development Agency's (CDA) Fit for Children 5k Run/Walk and Push Kart Derby, set for Sunday October 19. The Fit for Children 5k run/walk and push kart derby is being staged in an effort to raise funds to construct Jamaica's first residential therapeutic centre for children suffering from emotional trauma due to abuse. ... Read More

Defence witness recommends 3 years' house arrest for Pistorius

Tuesday, October 14, 2014    

South African Paralympic
athlete Oscar Pistorius uses
his mobile phone at the end
of his sentencing hearing at
the High Court in Pretoria
yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AFP) -- A South African prison official yesterday recommended Oscar Pistorius clean a museum as punishment for shooting dead his girlfriend, sparking prosecution anger in a court weighing what sentence to give the Paralympian. Defence witness, Joel Maringa, a social worker in South Africa's notoriously crowded and brutal jails, said Pistorius should not go to prison, but receive "correctional supervision" through three years of house arrest. He should also clean a Pretor ... Read More

Up for track honours, Gatlin shrugs off critics

BY PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer | Sunday, October 12, 2014    

Justin Gatlin, of the United States, wins the men’s
200-metre event at the Herculis International
Athletics Meet at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco in
this July 18, 2014 file photo. (PHOTO: AP)

JUSTIN Gatlin is far more interested in winning races than popularity contests. Still, the American sprinter with a doping history doesn't quite understand the backlash over his nomination for track and field athlete of the year. Gatlin went undefeated in the 100 and 200 metres this season, a year that didn't include a major meet and one in which Usain Bolt chose to give his nagging injuries time to heal. But Gatlin's inclusion for track's annual award has angered some athletes. So much so th ... Read More



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