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Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom plans to capitalize on the postponement of the 2020 Olympics but in the meantime is hopeful that he can compete in a few meets before the end of the year.

Jamaica’s sports minister Olivia Grange believes that the decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will provide the clarity the athletes needed even though they will be disappointed.

Briana Williams and her handlers are taking a positive outlook on the postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Jamaica’s Omar McLeod says he is devastated by the news that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed despite the fact that the decision was taken in the best interest of all concerned.

The International Olympic Committee confirmed the move on Tuesday following discussions between its President Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Games' organisers.

It means that for the first time since the Second World War, the Olympic Games will not go ahead on schedule.

The spread of COVID-19 has halted sport across the globe and it had become apparent that a start date of July 24 for the Olympic Games was too close for comfort.

McLeod, the Rio 2016 110m hurdles champion, says he feels for the athletes who have been preparing for the quadrennial competition.

“I am devastated and truly feel for all us athletes who have been working tirelessly to accomplish the goals we’ve set for this year,” said McLeod who is based in Jacksonville, Florida, with the Tumbleweed track group. “One of those common goals is obviously the Olympic Games.”

Notwithstanding the disappointment, the 2017 World Champion said he is on board with the decision by the IOC to postpone the Games.

“I do understand, though, that our health comes first and we cannot be naive into thinking that this coronavirus pandemic isn’t something serious,” McLeod said.

“So, personally, I do believe that postponing the Games to 2021 is the best solution for all athletes. We just have to stay motivated and keep aspiring. God bless and wash your hands!”

McLeod was the first Jamaican man to win a sprint hurdles gold medal at an Olympic Games.

Elaine Thompson-Herah has expressed disappointment over the reported postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, over the coronavirus pandemic.

Veronica Campbell Brown has been to five Olympic Games after making her debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.

In the 20 years since then she has won three gold medals including consecutive 200m titles at the 2004 Games in Athens and then in Beijing in 2008 as well as a sprint relay gold won in Athens.

Three silver medals and two bronze medals put her Olympic medal count at eight, making her one of the world’s most successful female sprinters in Olympic history.

However, for the 37-year-old sprint queen, qualifying for a sixth Olympics would be a nice way to bow out of what has been an illustrious career.

"It would be like icing on the cake if I'm able to run in my sixth Olympic Games because I feel like I don't have anything else to prove," said Campbell-Brown, who has also won 11 medals at the World Championships.

"But at this stage in my life and my career, running in the Olympic Games one more time would be extra special."

However, there are many obstacles in her way including Jamaica’s premier female sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson as well as a crop of promising youngsters like Briana Williams, Natalliah Whyte, Jonielle Smith, and Natasha Morrison.

Fraser-Pryce, Williams, Smith and Whyte combined to win the 4x100m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

The biggest obstacle to VCB’s Olympic hopes is the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic that could see the 2020 Olympics being postponed or cancelled.

Bayer Leverkusen and Reggae Boyz player, Leon Bailey, could become the most expensive transfer in the country’s history if the rumours that Chelsea are preparing an £85 million transfer bid.

The 22-year-old, who has been on and off the radar of English teams over the last two years, scored a wonder goal for Leverkusen against Rangers in the Europa League recently, reminding many of his talent.

Bailey had been on the radar of other top-flight English clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United but after his March 12 strike, Chelsea became favourites to land the player’s signature.

Bailey still has three years left on his contract.

The winger has only had four appearances for the Reggae Boyz following protracted negotiations with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), but has 105 with Leverkusen, notching 24 goals.

His performances for Leverkusen have also created interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, a move that would be agreeable for his agent and father Craig Butler.

However, Leverkusen are not likely to entertain selling to a rival.

Jamaica’s Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has suspended all its school competitions beginning Friday, March 13.

However, ISSA has advised that matches scheduled for today (Thursday, March 12) will go ahead as planned.

Among the competitions that will be suspended at the Headley Cup and Grace Shield cricket finals, girls’ basketball and football as well as high school volleyball.

The Headley Cup and Grace Shield semi-finals are set to take place today.

On Wednesday, ISSA in conjunction with GraceKennedy, the ministries of Health and Education, took the decision to cancel the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships scheduled for the end of March.

That decision was arrived at after the Ministry of Health announced that a woman arriving from the United Kingdom has tested positive for the Coronavirus that has so far infected more than 121,000 people across the globe. More than 4000 have died from the infection.

President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association Donna Raynor has confirmed the fate of this year’s CARIFTA Games remains in the balance but has not yet been cancelled over the threat of the coronavirus.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on sporting events across the globe, with several already cancelled or postponed.  The 2020 CARIFTA Games is scheduled for Bermuda next month but the threat of the spread of the virus has put also put that staging in doubt.

“Basically, what we are in Bermuda is keeping a close on what has been happening with the Coronavirus, not only in Bermuda but in the Caribbean islands as well,” Raynor told the SportsMax Zone in an exclusive interview.

“One of our local organising committee members sits on the Health Organisation Committee of Bermuda and they are having a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss all of the sporting events that are taking place in Bermuda,” she added.

“We also have the international triathlon set to take place on the Friday after CARIFTA and of course that will involve several athletes from the US, Europe and so forth.  The only saving grace is that most of our athletes are coming from the Caribbean and on charters.  So far Bermuda hasn’t had anybody that has tested positive, but we cannot be confident it will take place.  We are ready to host the Games but we have to be directed by our government.”    

Initially, Raynor admitted that the body had been confident of being able to stage the event due to the limited footprint of the virus in the Caribbean so far.  With Jamaica confirming its first case on Wednesday and Canadian authorities claiming that one of their latest cases travelled to the country from Trinidad and Tobago, things could be about to change.  Trinidad and Tobago have, however, reported no cases so far.  The CARIFTA Games have been staged every year at various countries around the region since 1972.

“It changes the ballgame (Jamaica positive test).  Today it’s Jamaica, tomorrow it could be the Bahamas, the day after that Bermuda.  So that’s definitely shaken our confidence and we definitely cannot say it will take place.”

Jamaica, United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic all punched their tickets to the quarterfinals of the 2020 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship with commanding victories in the Round of 16 on Saturday.

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are continuing to prepare for an upcoming friendly against Spanish team Catalonia, despite the ongoing disruptions caused by the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.

A total of 73 cases have been identified in Spain so far, as Europe struggles to get the virus under control.  In Catalonia, where the Jamaica national team are expected to face the region at the end of the month, the number of persons infected has reached to 9.

Team manager of the national team Roy Simpson has insisted that while the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) was keeping a watchful eye on the situation, the plans for the friendly so far remained in place.

“We continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus. We are aware of the first case identified in Catalonia where we’ll be playing the game next month,” Simpson told RJR Radio in a recent interview.

“We’ve not been advised of any travel restrictions there so we continue to monitor that situation and if we get advice that it is unsafe to travel we will have to yield to that. As we speak now, all plans are still in place for travel to the UK and Spain mid next month,” he added.

The Jamaicans are expected to return to action in two week’s time when they face Bermuda in a friendly international on March 11 at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

 

Jamaican Williams Myers will race in the 2020 Formula 4 United States Championship with the Group-A Racing team, the driver announced on Friday.

Goals from Captain Jody Brown, Lacey Murray and Marlee Fray spurred Jamaica to a 3-1 victory over Canada in the CONCACAF Women's U20 World Cup qualifying championship in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Three teams will have an opportunity at a first-place finish in Group E following the results of matchday four of the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal.

The day started with Jamaica taking on El Salvador and the Reggae Girlz rode a quick start to the full three points in a 4-1 win.

Jody Brown was quick out of the gates with goals in the 2’ and 11’ to hand Jamaica a 2-0 lead.

El Salvador fought back to make it a one-goal affair right before halftime thanks to a score from Mara Rodriguez.

But Jamaica’s class would come to the fore in the second half, as goals from Lacey Murray in the 58’ and Chantelle Parker in the 82’ paced Jamaica to the victory.

 The group’s other game saw Guatemala and Canada battle to a 0-0 draw.

Las Chapines put forth an impressive defensive display in limiting the dangerous Canadian attack, thanks also in part to the heroics of GK Ashley Avalos.

The day’s results leave both Jamaica and Canada on four points, while Guatemala have two points and El Salvador have zero.

Action resume in Group E on Wednesday with Guatemala taking on El Salvador, while Canada square off against Jamaica.

Jamaica’s Portmore United is expected to face a tough task when they aim to turn the tables on Mexican outfit Cruz Azul, when the teams meet in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League, at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Tuesday.

The Jamaicans had the Mexican club on their heels in the first leg, leading 1-0 heading into second-half stoppage time, but a ferocious late rally earned La Maquina a dramatic 2-1 win and the momentum going into Tuesday’s second leg.

History will be on Cruz Azul’s side with the Mexican club riding a 20-match home unbeaten streak in Concacaf competition and an overall record of 20W-6D-1L, with 69 goals scored and just 12 against.

 Nevertheless, Portmore United Head Coach Ricardo Gardner’s men have everything to gain and will be relying on the exploits of FW Ricardo Morris, who had four shots in the first leg, and GK Kemar Foster, who registered eight saves last week, to try to pull off the result.

For Cruz Azul, a draw or win would see them advance a round in the SCCL for the first time since 2013-14, when they last lifted the trophy.

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