Jamaica can boast that it has the biggest relay festival in the Caribbean - The Gibson McCook Relays. But what do you know about the  the festival? Before you tune into SportsMax at 4pm on Saturday or from 9am online, learn the rich history of this wonderful event.

Shaquena Foote ran a record 59.95 seconds in the 400-metre hurdles at the Western Championship at the weekend. Take a look.

Three standout Jamaicans will receive awards from President of the North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association, Professor Victor Lopez, during the annual Gibson McCook Relays set for the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday.

Naomi Osaka walked away with the big prize at the 2019 Laureus Sports Awards in Monaco on Monday, but Jamaica’s Briana Williams and her coach Ato Boldon came away richer for the experience.

Jamaica’s Natalliah Whyte came away from the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships this past weekend feeling that she is finally on track to achieving her goals for this season.

The first stage of the Digicel Grand Prix is now over with the Western Championships culminating in victory for St Elizabeth Technical High School’s (STETHS) boys and the girls of Rusea’s High School. 

Olympic champion, Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, showed glimpses her injury woes were behind her after claiming the 60-metre title at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham on Saturday. 

Rusea's head coach Roderick Myles believes his team will find it difficult to win Western Champs because of the size of his squad. However, the competition, heightened by the inclusion of the Digicel Grand Prix is welcome.

President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association Dr. Warren Blake said the dates set for the national championships will not be changed as it serves the best interests of the majority of Jamaica’s athletes.

North Korea and South Korea want to co-host the 2032 Olympic Games and have requested permission for unified teams to enter qualification for Tokyo 2020.

The IOC confirmed on Friday that the two countries have declared their desire to host the Games together, although the candidature process for 2032 is yet to begin.

IOC president Thomas Bach said of the initiative: "The discussions at the working meeting today are one further step showing how sport can once more make a contribution to peace on the Korean Peninsula and the world.

"We have a good foundation to build on and make further progress ahead of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sport will continue to build bridges and demonstrate the unifying power of the Olympic Games.

"Therefore, we warmly welcome the historic initiative of the two Koreas to put forward a joint Korean candidature for the Olympic Games 2032."

Delegations from North Korea and South Korea marched together at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang last year and joined forces for a women's ice hockey team.

The two Koreas hope to enter unified teams into the Tokyo 2020 qualification process for women's basketball, women's hockey, the judo mixed team event and in three rowing events apiece for men and women.

"There are still ongoing talks between the [National Olympic Committees] of [South Korea] and [North Korea] and their governments on possible additional unified Korean teams in other sports," read an IOC statement.

"The IOC informed them that it will consider further requests if these are made in due time ahead of the Olympic qualification competitions."

Caster Semenya's challenge of the IAAF's proposed hyperandrogenism rule has been strongly backed by the government of South Africa, with the minister of sport and recreation Tokozile Xasa stating the two-time Olympic champion has been "targeted".

Athletics' governing body in April announced planned protocols affecting women with higher than normal levels of testosterone who compete in track events ranging from the 400 metres up to a mile. The IAAF stated in June those distances were selected because the "performance advantage" of having higher levels of circulating testosterone are "most clearly seen".

Under the regulations, some female athletes would have to reduce their blood testosterone levels to below five nmol/L for a continuous period of at least six months and then maintain it beneath that level – whether in or out of competition – for so long as a competitor wishes to remain eligible.

Semenya lodged an appeal against the rules with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the case is due to be heard from Monday.

Xasa called on the international community to support Semenya in a statement on Friday, claiming the issue goes beyond competitive sports.

"What's at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women's bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law," said Xasa.

"The new regulations are only applicable to … the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participates and generally dominates. The logic as to why regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil."

Xasa added: "The world once declared apartheid as a crime against human rights, we once more call the world to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human rights."

An IAAF spokesperson told Omnisport its position remains unchanged and it is focused on the overall principle at hand, not any individual athlete.

The governing body also repeated a statement issued in November, which read: "The female category in sport is a protected category. For it to serve its purposes, which include providing females opportunities equal to males, it must have eligibility standards that ensure that athletes who identify as female but have male biology (testes, and testosterone levels in the male range) at least drop their testosterone levels into the female range in order to compete at the elite level in the female classification.

"This standard is necessary to ensure fair competition for all women. Indeed, without it, we risk losing the next generation of female athletes, since they will see no path to success in our sport. The IAAF is confident that the scientific basis by which it has defined the limits of the category - limits which will apply equally to all competitors - will stand up to challenge in the Court of Arbitration for Sport."

It was reported in The Times this week that IAAF lawyers will state during the impending CAS hearing that Semenya should be classed as a biological male, but the athletics organisation rejected those claims.

"The IAAF is not classifying any DSD [Differences of Sexual Development] athlete as male," read an IAAF statement released on Wednesday.

"To the contrary, we accept their legal sex without question, and permit them to compete in the female category.

"However if a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women.

"Therefore, to preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level."

As the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and South African middle-distance runner, Caster Semenya head back to court over gender and performances issues, SportsMax.tv's Leighton Levy has weighed in on what he thinks.

They may have parted ways but Yohan Blake credits his former coach Glen Mills for helping him regain his confidence, which he admits, had deserted him in recent times as he attempts to recapture the form that made him the second fastest man ever to walk the earth.

Jamaican long jumper Delroy Poyser died in the United States on Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 57.

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