GFF suspends football matches for March-April

first_imgWith the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) looming on local shores, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF, the nation’s governing body of association football, has suspended all matches and tournaments during the March-April period. This was disclosed by the federation via a release.“In light of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has issued a circular to its Regional Member Associations advising the postponement of matches for the March – April period and informing them of the scale down of operations at the Secretariat and key facts about the virus,” the release stated.“This follows the guidance of football’s World and Regional Governing bodies, FIFA and CONCACAF, in an effort to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and stakeholders,” it added. The correspondence, dated March 13, continued:”The GFF is guided by the decisions taken by FIFA and CONCACAF, to postpone matches as a preventative measure against the spread of the disease, which is likely to occur due to physical contact. We therefore recommend that all matches previously scheduled to take place in March and April, be postponed until such time that the public health authorities provide the appropriate guidelines’.“The GFF is confident that these measures will buttress the efforts of the public health authorities to combat the spread of the disease. We will continue to monitor the posture and advice by the relevant public health authorities, as well as the directives of FIFA and CONCACAF. We consider this measure and recommendation to be the most appropriate and responsible step to take under the current circumstances. We further wish to advise that the GFF Secretariat will only be opened on a need to basis and thus will only have essential staff on duty on any given day. We therefore encourage the use of electronic communication, to access the services of the Secretariat.”last_img read more

India okay with playing entire Australia series in Adelaide: official

first_imgNEW DELHI, (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli and his team will be open to playing the entire test series against Australia in a ‘bio-secure’ Adelaide Oval if the situation demands, a top official of the Indian cricket board told Reuters. India are scheduled to play four tests and three one-day internationals in December and January on a tour reportedly worth A$300 million ($193.77 million) in broadcast revenue for Cricket Australia (CA).Arun DhumalAustralia vice captain Travis Head on Thursday backed the idea of playing the entire test series behind closed doors at Adelaide Oval, where an on-site hotel is under construction, to ensure it goes ahead amid restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.“The boys would be very keen to go back to the field,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal said in an interview. “If the situation allows only one venue for all the matches, so be it. Maybe when lockdown is lifted, it would be the new normal that everyone has to follow.“There’s talk of matches without spectators. Nobody would like that, but if it comes to that and there’s no other way, one may have to do that.”“It’s still six-seven months down the line. We’ll take the right call in the best interest of the safety and health of our boys.” BCCI had to postpone this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the pandemic and the world’s richest cricket board is staring at a potential $530 million loss if it fails to find another window for the lucrative competition.Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates have offered to stage the Twenty20 competition but BCCI is not keen on shifting it.“The Indian government has put in travel restrictions. So even if somebody makes an offer, you can’t travel there. Where is the question of holding the tournament?” Dhumal said. The pandemic has also jeopardised the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia, which is set to begin in October.Dhumal suggested that the BCCI would consider slotting IPL in the October-November window if the global tournament cannot go ahead.“If IPL has to happen, there has to be a clear-cut window of 30-40 days,” he said. “If T20 World Cup does not happen, and there’s a window available, then it would be worked out, subject to restrictions of course.”With the cricket calendar getting increasingly crammed following a series of postponements, getting foreign players for the IPL would be a major headache in any other window, he said.“We may want our foreign players but there could be some tours happening, some bilateral series going on.“And their availability is subject to so many conditions – whether foreign boards would allow their players to travel. A few countries may still be in lockdown. “As of now, everyone is engaged for the T20 World Cup. If that tournament is not there, then all boards have their players available (for IPL),” Dhumal added.last_img read more

Boxing’s Hall of Fame

first_imgThe late Andrew Alphonso Murray Jnr., lived for boxing. Boxing wasn’t just a sport, it was a passion, an addiction almost, that Murray Jnr., just could not get enough of.He ate, slept and dreamt boxing until finally boxing consumed him, caused his death actually.At a time when he was just about to embark on his second career after retiring as a prize fighter, Murray Jnr., died tragically in a car accident on January 26, 2002 whilst he was making plans to promote a boxing card in Linden. Reports are that he was returning from Linden alone when his car skidded off the Linden Highway and went over a bridge. He was eventually rescued and taken to the hospital but later died.Born July 1, 1971, Murray Jnr., was just 11 years-old when he participated in a boxing tournament at the Save the Children Gym against much bigger, stronger and older boys since he competed in the U16 division.In his early years he was trained by Ralph Parris, father of Michael Parris, Guyana’s Olympic bronze medallist and later by George `Canchie’ Oprechect. An early start in sports is one of the prerequisites for success and Andrew enjoyed that success when he won three junior CARIFTA Games medals in three years.He won a silver medal in 1987 in Barbados, a gold the following year in Jamaica and a bronze again in Barbados in 1989.After adding the national lightweight title to his list of amateur accomplishments Andrew turned `pro’ making his professional debut against Alonzo Clarke of Barbados and winning by a TKO in round four of their welterweight bout in St Michael, Barbados on February 9, 1990. A TKO win in his second fight against Conrad Hunte at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall by a TKO seemed to indicate that greatness was just a stone throw’s away.But every Superman has his Kryptonite and early on in his professional career, his Kryptonite was a boxer by the name of Pascal David.The two fought twice and on both occasions Murray Jr., lost. The first fight took place on September 23, 1990 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and David won the eight rounder by a split decision.The return bout took place a few months later on November 25 and this time David won by a TKO in the first round. But while David’s career failed to take off afterwards, Murray Jnr., had no such problems. Under the management of the shrewd Odinga Lumumba and coached by the wily Lennox `Cappell’ Daniels (he was later to be trained by the late great Emmanuel; Steward), Murray Jnr., was to rack up a 16-fight win streak on his way to being the number-one ranked WBA welterweight contender.His win streak was halted when he fought Ghana’s Ike `Bazooka’ Quartey for the WBA welterweight title in France on August 23, 1995. He lost the 12 round contest by a TKO in round four after suffering a cut over his eye.Nearing the twilight of his career, he was also to unsuccessfully challenge for World Boxing Union (WBU) welterweight title against Michele Piccirillo losing by TKO in round three of the 12 round contest. He also lost to Fathi Missaoui for the WBO NABO super welterweight title and to Richard Williams for the Commonwealth super welterweight title.The string of defeats was probably what led to him calling it a day.Prior to those three defeats, his career was quite outstanding. Murray reigned undefeated as Commonwealth champion from 1993-1997 twice defending the title.He was the first Guyanese boxer to win what was formerly the British Empire title in 50 years following Kid Tanner in 1947, Cliff Anderson in 1952 and Lennox Beckles in 1967.Winner of the Sportsman-of-the-Year award  in 1993 and 1994, Murray Jnr., knocked out Alain Boismenu in four rounds on February 26, 1995 at the Pegasus Hotel  and then defeated Michael Smyth over 12 rounds  on October 2, 1996 in Wales. A knock out of Michael Covington in three rounds was ranked among the best knockouts in the fight game at the timeHis first title, however, was the WBC FECARBOX welterweight title which he wrested via a unanimous decision from Jose Antonio Martinez on February 29, 1993.The next stop was London, England on October 5, 1993 in Mayfair when Murray Jnr., defeated Tony Swift in a bloody bout winning by a TKO in round six to capture  the vacant Commonwealth  welterweight title. Murray Jnr., who was awarded the Medal of Service on May 26, 1994, retired in 2002 with a record of 35 fights, 27 wins, seven losses and one draw. He had 18 knockouts.He served as vice president of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) before trying his hand as a boxing promoter.last_img

Haiti’s Youth and Sports Minister Resigns

first_img“Many parks and sports centers that cost large sums do not meet our needs in this area and do not promote the rational practice of sport,” he said, adding that “several of these infrastructures are in poor condition or remain incomplete when the funds have been disbursed. “Indeed, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that I have a very high idea of ​​politics and the use that must be made of it to lead this country finally towards better horizons. And I, steeped in these ideals that define me, I cannot give up, believing at the height of my being that the poison of the country is not in my approaches. Although I have the feeling of not having committed any failure. I have decided to resign from my office as Minister of Youth, Sports and Civic Action,” he wrote. His resignation letter follows statements made at a news conference where he indicated that “what we found as sports infrastructure is insignificant. PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Youth and Sports Minister, Max Attys, has tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, indicating that he was stepping down even though he does not regard himself to be a failure. “Prime Minister, I have endeavoured to fulfill my responsibility, taking care in my duties as in my personal behaviour, to always respect the requirements and the lines set by your Government. CMC Youth and Sports Minister, Max Attys In his letter of resignation, Attys said that he wanted to thank Jouthe and President Jovenel Moise for affording him the opportunity to be of service to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. “It is unacceptable that the State spent hundreds of millions and at the end, we do not even have a sports field worthy of the name.The money of the State which was to build sports centers across the country has been diverted (and) I think that public action must be put in motion,” he added.last_img read more

EBC Releases Preliminary Results from Trinidad Elections, Shows PNM Victory

first_imgThe EBC said that the PNM had received 322,250 of the popular votes as compared to 309,188 for the UNC. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) Wednesday released the preliminary figures for Monday’s general elections, showing that the ruling People’s National Movement (PNM) had won the polls. “There is a very dangerous development taking place here….there are three things the UNC is doing, one is to disrupt the process and this is not accidental, it is a deliberate strategy which is dangerous to this country”. According to the figures released by the EBC, in St. Joseph, the PNM’s candidate, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh had received 9,354 votes as against 8,543 for the UNC’s candidate, Ahloy Hunt , a brother of a former PNM cabinet minister, Gary Hunt. In the San Fernando West constituency, Attorney General Faris Al Rawi polled 8,457 as against 6,651 for attorney Sean Sobers. The preliminary figures show that the PNM won 22 of the 41 seats in the Parliament, with the remainder going to the main opposition United National Congress (UNC). In La Horquetta/Talparo, the PNM’s chairman, Foster Cummings received 9,713 in comparison to 7,790 for Jerlean John of the UNC with the PNM also winning the Toco/Sangre Grande seat with its candidate, Roger Monroe getting 10,698 as against 7,313 for Nabila Greene of the UNC. UNC leader, Kamla Persad Bissessar has so far not conceded defeat. According to the EBC, a total of 658, 297 people cast ballots in the election, from an electorate of 1,134,135 million, representing a 58.04 per cent turnout. In 2015, the figure was 68 per cent. The figures showed that of the other 17 political parties that contested the election, only the PDP with 10,367 crossed the 10-thousand mark. He said by disrupting the process, the UNC is preventing “a smooth flow of the country’s governance system” noting that his new administration would have been sworn in on Wednesday “had those recounts not been called”. However, it said that the recount for the Tobago East constituency that had been requested by the defeated candidate, Watson Duke, the leader of the People’s Democratic Patriots (PDP) had been called off after Duke “conceded”. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley had earlier on Wednesday warned of plans by the UNC to delegitimize the victory of the PNM, saying that while it is within the constitutional right of candidates to seek a recount in any election, the present situation is not what it appears to be. The EBC said in Tunapuna, the PNM’s candidate, Esmond Forde, the deputy speaker in the last Parliament, polled 9,460 as against 7,534 votes for the UNC’s David Nakhid, a former national football team captain. But the EBC said that the recount was still taking place in five constituencies as had been requested by the defeated UNC candidates for the constituencies of St. Joseph, Tunapuna, La Horquetta/Talparo, Toco/Sangre Grande, San Fernando West. None of the four independent candidates made any headway with their figures ranging from 12 to 217 votes. CMClast_img read more

Jamaican Voters Will be Allowed to Cast Ballots Without ID Cards

first_imgCMC But EOJ director of elections, Glasspole Brown, said they would only be allowed to vote once their names can be found on the official Voters’ List. The first debate, which will be a team effort, will be on social issues, the second will be on finance and economics and the third, on leadership. JDC chairman, Noel Dacosta said the Commission is finalizing arrangements for the debate, given the limited time before the general election. Meanwhile, the Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) says there will be no in-studio audience for the three political debates scheduled as part of the campaign for the election. He said that for persons with Voter ID cards with expiry dates of 2017 and 2019, these remain valid. The debates, finalised over the last weekend during a meeting with representatives of the two major political parties, will be held on August 25, 27 and 29th and will be of 90 minutes duration. Both the rukling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are both predicting victory in the election. In the 2016 poll, the JLP won by a one seat margin in the 63-seat Parliament, but later increased that to three after winning two-bye elections.center_img “We had extended the validation period to the end of December. All you need to do is come to the polling station with that card and those cards will be used as part of the process to identify you,” Brown said. The JDC said that the PNP will have the opening presentation in all three debates and the ruling party giving the closing statements. The EOJ began the Voter ID card renewal process in November of last year and individuals who have been previously registered to vote but lost their Voter ID cards are being encouraged to apply for a replacement at their EOJ Constituency Office. As it relates to new persons, who were placed on the Voters’ List published on July 31, Brown advised that “those cards are about ready and they should go to their (EOJ) Constituency Offices and pick up the new cards”. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has confirmed that Jamaicans without a Voter Identification (ID) Card will be allowed to cast their ballot in the September 3 general election. “They can turn up to the polling station on Election Day and they will be allowed to vote. The difference is that they will be required to take an oath. We have a mechanism within the polling stations to identify them,” Browne told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).last_img read more

Jamaica’s Two Main Political Parties Express Confidence on Nomination Day

first_img“I encourage all Jamaicans to wear their masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing; remember we are still experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic and we must exercise caution,” he said. Prime Minister Andrew Holness rides through his constituency of West Central St. Andrew on Nomination Day. Henry was the polling division captain for incumbent JLP Clarendon South Eastern Member of Parliament, Pearnel Charles Jr. He was reportedly killed shortly after putting up a billboard. “I have represented this constituency since September 15, 1997 making it almost 23 years. I remain committed to the people of West Central St. Andrew who placed their faith in me as a young entrant in the political scene back then and we have grown together. “I encourage all Jamaicans to follow the proper protocols outlined by the government; wear your masks, sanitize and social distance. We are resilient people, we know how to overcome challenges, and we will build back stronger. Both the PNP and the JLP will contest all the 63 seats in the Parliament and there are likely to be several candidates vying for seats in the Parliament CMC Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, said that the People’s National Party (PNP) is not perturbed by opinion polls and is equally confident of winning the September 3 general election. Meanwhile, the Office of the Political Ombudsman has launched an investigation into Monday night’s murder of political activist Paul Henry in Rocky Settlement, Clarendon South Eastern. “I am very very healthy, I take no medication, I am fit and ready to go,” said the 70-year-old leader of the PNP, who earlier this year was treated for stage three colon cancer. “In the Caribbean pollsters have gotten it dreadfully wrong in the last few months. In St. Kitts-Nevis, In Guyana….the polls that count are the polls on the ground,” said, Phillips, disputing also concerns about his health.center_img Opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips speaking to media on nomination day Phillips has been nominated to contest the East Central St Andrew constituency. He has held the seat since 1994, “It is a fact, but there are other factors as well. The lack of economic growth…that has further worsened because of the coronavirus. The failure to tackle the major issues of violent crime, we have more than a 1,000 people who have died since 2016 as compared with the four years previously because of the failure to effectively develop a strategy to combat crime,” he said. “I have given them my best representation and will continue to give my best for the next 23 years,” Holness said, reminding the population that “as we campaign, we will do so civilly and safely, as we still have a challenge with COVID-19. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The leaders of Jamaica’s two main political parties have expressed confidence in winning the September 3 general election as candidates were being nominated today for the polls. Afterwards he told reporters that the COVID-19 pandemic “is definitely going to have an effect on the way the campaign is done. She has commended both the incumbent MP and the People’s National Party’s Patricia Duncan-Sutherland for publicly condemning the killing. “The death of Mr Paul Henry is very sad and must be condemned. We are investigating rapidly to determine whether or not this is in anyway politically motivated. We ask for restraint and promise swift action,” political ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown said in a Twitter message. Prime Minister Andrew Holnesss, who led the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to a 32-31 victory in the 2016 general election but ended up with 34 seats after by-elections in 2017 and 2019.victory in the 2016 election, said he was confident also of being retained as the parliamentary representative for the St. Andrew West Central.last_img read more

Retired Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt Tests Positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Jamaican sprinter said he has isolated himself and is not showing any signs of the virus. It is not yet known if Bolt had spread the virus to the mother of his child, Kasi Bennett who was also at the party, or his 4-month old daughter, Olympia Bolt. The day before he took the test, Bolt celebrated his birthday with a massive party in Kingston. The legendary sprinter, who turned 34 on August 21, said he took a COVID-19 test on Saturday. The test returned positive yesterday. Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after celebrating his 34th birthday. Local media and residents had expressed concern over Bolt’s party after videos of the bash surfaced on social media, showing no masks being worn and no social distancing. It is not clear if anyone at the party was sanitized upon entry. The parties are just one example of the disregard of health protocols that have put Jamaican residents at greater risk. The island has seen a large increase in COVID-19 cases over the past three weeks and the island’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacuiline Bisasor-McKenzie said that the parties and large gatherings held during the Emancipation Day week are to blame. “So what we are actually seeing are probably resulting from activities that occurred over the holiday period of August 1 to 6… We know there were a number of gatherings and parties at that time, and we believe some of what is happening, two weeks later, is as a result of those activities there,” she stated at a press conference last week. Bolt said he has instructed everyone who had been at the party to get tested and self-isolate. Footballer Leon Bailey, who had his own party in Jamaica over the weekend, has also been criticized for breaking the rules. Yesterday, the island’s health minister Dr. Christopher Tufton reported that the island had recorded 116 new cases of COVID-19 to push the number to 1,529. The birthday bash was attended by international Jamaican football stars Raheem Sterling and Leon Bailey, cricketer Chris Gayle, reggae singer Christopher Martin, dancehall artiste Ding Dong, among a host of others. last_img read more

Coral launches Betradar Virtual Sports content on retail and digital channels

first_img Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Related Articles UK bookmaker Coral has  announced that it has launched Betradar’s Virtual Gaming services through its online and mobile betting channelsBetradar’s suite of Virtual Gaming products include tennis, basketball, horse and dog racing, as well as various football versions that have been adapted to mirror a number of different competition formats, including Football League/Tournament Mode and Euro Cup Mode.Commenting on the new partnership with Betradar, Sportsbook Director at Coral Keith Loughlin said:“Betradar have really impressed us with their rapid growth and continuing innovation across their suite of virtual products, while at the same time remaining fully focused on ensuring the most realistic user experience possible. We are excited to now be able to offer this to our customers”.Betradar Managing Director Virtual Gaming Neale Deeley added: “Coral is a household brand and is widely accepted as one of the best operators in the business. We are delighted that all Coral’s customers will now be able to experience and enjoy our range of virtual sports and competitions.” Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Ravens-Eagles: Five predictions for Sunday

first_imgHere’s what will happen when the Ravens travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday for their fourth ever meeting in the regular season …1. After receiving only 13 touches in Week 1, Ray Rice factors more heavily in the offense and cracks the 100-yard mark on the ground against the Eagles defense. It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and quarterback Joe Flacco attack Philadelphia in the early stages with the Eagles possessing such a strong pass rush and secondary. The Eagles are vulnerable against the run and allowed 99 yards on the ground to Cleveland last week. If the offense is to be successful on Sunday, Rice will play a larger role because it’s difficult envisioning Flacco chucking the ball all over the field with defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole bearing down on him and cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looming in the defensive backfield. The Ravens may come out throwing early, but they will quickly find more success with Rice carrying the ball between the tackles and trying to get the ball in open space.2. Not to be outdone by Rice, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy runs for 90 yards and a touchdown against a defense that struggles to set the edge against the shifty back. The Ravens already faced questions about their ability to control the edge against the run, and injuries to linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive end Pernell McPhee will limit their availability on Sunday. McCoy is a far more pedestrian runner between the tackles, but the 2011 Pro Bowl running back thrives in open space and the Ravens will give him daylight too often in the early going. Facing injuries at the wide receiver position, the Eagles would be wise to rely heavily on McCoy’s talents against the Baltimore defense. Baltimore struggled to stop Cincinnati’s BenJarvus Green-Ellis last week and will have fits trying to keep McCoy in check.3. Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson combine for a dozen catches and 130 yards as Baltimore’s wide receivers struggle to gain separation. Torrey Smith will likely be blanketed by Asomugha and intermediate target Anquan Boldin will likely draw Rodgers-Cromartie, meaning Flacco will look more to his tight ends than he already does. Pitta led the Ravens with five catches and 73 yards while adding a touchdown against the Bengals as he picked up right where he left off last year in becoming a bigger part of the passing game. However, the Ravens will likely use more two-wide receiver sets with fullback Vonta Leach in the game to lead the way for Rice, which is a personnel set in which Dickson plays more often. Regardless of who’s in the game at tight end — the Ravens like having both on the field as well — Pitta and Dickson will have the upper hand against the Philadelphia linebackers and safeties to make up for the struggles the wide receivers will likely encounter. Quick passes to the tight ends will also aid an offensive line that will have its hands full with Philadelphia’s front four.4. The defense struggles to pressure Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, but the secondary forces a key fourth-quarter turnover with wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin less than 100 percent. Both starting receivers missed practice time this week and will not be playing at 100 percent on Sunday, which will help the Baltimore secondary a great deal. The Ravens failed to create much pressure against the Bengals and it will be the same story Sunday as Kruger and McPhee play at less than 100 percent. That being said, Vick threw four interceptions against the Browns last week and could be forced to rely more heavily on possession receiver Jason Avant and McCoy out of the backfield with Jackson and Maclin ailing. Always a phenomenal athlete, Vick is still prone to make the critical mistake and the Ravens’ secondary is too talented not to take advantage, even without an effective pass rush to help the unit. In a one-possession game, Vick continues that trend and that turnover will factor heavily in deciding the outcome.5. After hearing all week about their Week 2 letdowns in 2010 and 2011, the Ravens beat a good team on the road with a 27-24 victory in Philadelphia. Coach John Harbaugh addressed the possibility of a Week 2 meltdown with his team at the beginning of the week and the Ravens want to erase the memories of what happened in the second week of the season in each of the last two seasons. Unlike last season when the Ravens took on what looked to be the underwhelming Tennessee Titans, it’s difficult to overlook an Eagles team with such tremendous talent on both sides of the ball, which likely helped their focus in making preparations this week. Of course, this doesn’t mean the Ravens are immune from another Week 2 loss, but they shouldn’t be caught by surprise this time around. Despite facing a defense with a great pass rush and secondary, the Ravens offense shows once again why it’s a force to be reckoned with as Rice’s big day and an efficient Flacco lead Baltimore to a 2-0 start.last_img read more