Norwegian division one club IK Start has refused to entertain offers for Jamaican international Damion Lowe, despite several proposals put on the table for the player this transfer window, reports have claimed.

The 26-year-old defender has been a standout performer in recent times and played a crucial role for Jamaica in a third straight run to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals.

The defenders outstanding performances have not escaped the attention of scouts, with sources claiming the player has already received offers from Turkey, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Norway and the United States MLS. 

According to the club’s Sporting Director Tor-Kristian Karlsen, who earlier this year outlined a plan for the team becoming one of Norway’s elite in three-years, the club is not inclined to easily part with one of its prized assets.

“I can confirm that there has been great interest in Damion both from the Elite series and from abroad but we want to keep him,” Karlsen said.

“I can confirm that there have been bids that we have rejected, but I do not want to go into which clubs they are from,” he added.

Lowe, the son of former Jamaica international Onandi Lowe, has made 17 appearances for Jamaica’s national team.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has expressed extreme disappointment with the statements attributed to certain female Olympians (in a recent Sportmax article intituled "Upgraded and Disrespected") who received  upgraded 4 x 400m relay silver medals from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games during the Mueller Anniversary Games in London on July 20.

 

The statements conveyed the impression that the JOA neglected to make appropriate arrangements regarding the attendance of the Olympians at the medal reallocation ceremony in London.

 

The JOA, in responding, enumerated the facts:

 

  1. In compliance with directives of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the JOA was requested to indicate a preferred event at which the medal reallocation ceremony for the Olympians could be held.

 

  1. On May 30, 2019, after consultation with the Olympians, the JOA informed the IOC of the agreed selection of the IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha from September 27 to October 6, 2019.

 

  1. On June 4 the JOA received communication from the IOC advising that discussions will be held with the IAAF regarding the selected event.

 

  1. On June 12, 2019, the JOA received communication from the IOC in which it was informed of the IAAF's advice that the ceremony could not be facilitated at the World Athletics Championships.

 

  1. The Olympians were accordingly advised and, following discussions with Novlene Williams-Mills, Rosemarie White and Bobbygaye Wilkins, Novlene Williams-Mills (who from representations held herself out to be the spokesperson) suggested either a Diamond League event during August or September or the IAAF Gala scheduled for later in the year both of which would be convenient to the JOA.

 

  1. On June 25, 2016, the JOA requested the IOC to give consideration to the proposed events for the ceremony. However, on July 1, 2019 the IOC advised that the IAAF could only accommodate the ceremony during the London edition of the Diamond League Meets which was scheduled to take place on July 20 and 21, 2019.

 

  1. The information was relayed by the JOA to the Olympians the same day for their review and decision and simultaneously they were advised to take into consideration the fact that the event being only three weeks away, there may be logistic challenges particularly in view of firstly, the fact that persons including some Olympians and their allowed guests required visas and, secondly, the imminent games commitments and preparation requirements of the JOA which may very well preclude attendance.

 

  1. All Olympians with the exception of Shericka Williams (who preferred the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games) notwithstanding confirmed on July 3 their decision in favour of the London Diamond League Meet scheduled for July 20 and 21. Ms. Williams eventually agreed and, with the consent of all Olympians, the JOA informed the IOC that same day of their decision.

 

  1. In keeping with the advice of the IOC, each Olympian was allowed two accompany guests to the ceremony. Accordingly, the number of persons in the party totaled eighteen and of this number, nine persons (three athletes and six guests) required UK visas.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The JOA assisted all nine persons in applying for visas which entailed completion by the JOA of the relevant application forms at the request of the Olympians, payment of visa fees, payment of the airfare for two athletes and one guest to come to Jamaica for the visa appointments, hotel accommodation for one overseas athletes and a guest, personal delivery of copies of application forms and letters to the Olympians' homes in Kingston and the JOA's interface with the British High Commission in expediting the visa process. Total payments by the JOA exceeded one million dollars.

 

  1. The JOA, at all material times, stated in emails and telephone conversations  to the Olympians the advice of the IOC that the IOC would be responsible for flight arrangements to and from the event as well as hotel accommodation in London and that the IOC would liaise with the IAAF regarding transportation and event logistics during their stay in London.

 

  1. On July 18, 2019, the JOA received from the IOC the logistic arrangements which were conveyed to the Olympians on the morning of July 19, 2019.The JOA reiterates that matters relating to the on the day ceremonial arrangements were not in the JOA's remit.

 

  1. Throughout the treatment of matters, the JOA constantly kept the  Olympians advised and updated every step of the way by copious emails, telephone calls and instant messaging and devoted considerable time (often in the wee hours of the morning) in completing visa applications online for the Olympians and guests, in interfacing with the Olympians (including ceremonial attire) and in communicating with the IOC regarding arrangements.

 

  1. The JOA is obliged, given the attributed statements, to place on record that Mrs. Novlene Willliams-Mills, during the planning process, tendered an apology to the JOA for inappropriate conduct and mis-conceived concerns articulated by her and not shared by others. 

 

 

 

  1. From the very inception, the JOA offered the Olympians congratulations on their elevation to the silver medal position and, upon confirmation of the medal reallocation ceremony in London, expressed an apology for absence, given primarily its prior commitments and obligations respecting the 2019 Lima Pan American Games.

 

  1. The JOA is further obliged to again place on record that, subsequent to the publication of the article by Sportmax, it received thank you notes and emails from Shereefa LLoyd and her Nephew, Rosemarie Whyte, Bobbygaye Wilkins and Christine Day and is consequently appreciative of their kind recognition of its efforts.

 

  1. The JOA always celebrates with our athletes and commends them on their well-deserved achievements personally and on behalf of country and continues to be inspired by the principles of integrity, honesty, equity and fair play in the discharge of its national obligations to, and dealings with, its stakeholders.

The Jamaica Olympic Association has sought to clear up suggestions it neglected to pay full respsect to six Jamaican Olympians who collected upgraded silver medals during the Mueller Anniversary Games in London last week.

The six, who were having bronze medals from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics upgraded, had voiced disappointment that there were no Jamaican officials to share what was a proud moment for them.

According to the JOA though, every effort was made to be present and the presence of the girls at the ceremony in London, had much to do with its efforts to ensure the event took place at a time convenient to the athletes.

“We didn’t have a representative from Jamaica, from the JOA, no one. I feel disappointed,” Novlene Williams-Mills had said after the occasion.

Williams-Mills, along with Shereefa Lloyd, Shericka Williams, Rosemarie Whyte-Robinson, and Bobby-Gaye Wilkins collected silver medals for the mile relay in 2008 while Christine Day, Lloyd, Whyte-Robinson, Williams and Williams-Mills, collected silver medals for 2012.

“For many years I represented Jamaica at the highest level. I have represented Jamaica at four Olympics at the highest level, World Championships at the highest level. I’ve made multiple Jamaica teams and for not one person from the JOA or in sports was able to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure that we were taken care of was really disappointing.”

According to the the Olympic body, however, upon being informed of the medal ceremony, they entered into discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about scheduling a convenient date for all stakeholders.

Despite those efforts, however, the JOA was not able to send representatives because of prior commitments to the 2019 Pan America Games in Lima, Peru.

The challenge in being able to attend, the JOA said, was relayed to the athletes but that all preparations for a smooth medal ceremony, inclusive of accommodation and airtravel had been handled by the International Olympic Committee.

“They were advised to take into consideration the fact that the event being only three weeks away, there may be logistic challenges, particularly in view of firstly, the fact that persons including some Olympians and their allowed guests required visas and, secondly, the imminent games commitments and preparation requirements of the JOA which may very well preclude attendance,” the body said in a statement on Friday.

The body was also quick to point out that the view that the athletes were not seen as priority was erroneous, and that it would always seek to commend the athletes on their achievements.

 

With regard to the arrangements being made, the JOA said the Olympians were informed that the IOC would be responsible for flight arrangements to and from the event, as well as hotel accommodations and that the IOC would liaise with the IAAF regarding transportation and event logistics.

Defending champion Puerto Rico successfully defended their title at the 32nd Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championship played at the Albany Golf Course in Nassau, The Bahamas, from July 24 - 26.

Jamaica national head coach Theodore Whitmore has strongly refuted suggestions of interference with the running of the U-23 team.

Criticism has continued to pour in from all angles following a poor campaign by the youth national team, which saw them eliminated in the first round of the Olympic Qualification phase.

 With only the winner of the three-team Group A eligible to advance to the next round, Jamaica needed to beat St Kitts and Nevis but were held to a 1-1 result at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex and finished second with two points. St Kitts topped the group with four points, while Dominica finished at the bottom on a point.

Suggestions from some quarters, namely Craig Butler the agent of Leon Bailey and Kyle Butler, who had been brought into the U-23 team suggested that the actions of Duckie and his squad selection was influenced by Whitmore a claim the national coach strongly rejected.

“Honestly, I don’t think that’s a fair comment to myself and Donovan Duckie. You can’t have a team preparing for so long and then one man just comes in and start making decisions,” Whitmore said on Jamaican radio show Sports Grill.

 “It couldn’t happen with me so I wouldn’t do it to a next man.”

After running a personal-best time and winning her first-ever Diamond League race in London on Sunday, newly minted Jamaican 400mH champion Rushell Clayton said getting that first win provided a major boost in confidence as she zeroes in on her first World Championships in Doha in September.

Lennox Graham, the coach of Danielle Williams has a simple plan to keep her running fast in her quest to win the Diamond League title this season.

Reigning 100m World Champions Omar McLeod believes former world’s fastest man Usain Bolt was well within his rights to defend longtime coach Glen Mills.

The decorated Olympian and sprint icon set off a social media storm in recent weeks when he was highly critical of the work attitude of some of the current crop of sprinters, following criticism of veteran coach Mills.

  In recent weeks, multiple athletes affiliated to the Racers Track Club had written social media pieces critical of the coach and the operation of the now-famous club.  In a terse response, Bolt suggested that the athletes had only themselves to blame for any lack of success, accusing them of not working hard enough.  While admitting that he did not know enough about the issue, McLeod claims to understand the sprinter’s defense of the coach.   

“I don’t know about what happened in-depth, I’ve seen the interview.  I’m really happy he made the decision to speak up for his coach.  It can be a thing when athletes don’t get what they want they try to point fingers and blame other people,” McLeod told Nuffin’ Long Athletics.

 “Nobody knows the extent of what happened, I don’t so I don’t want to speak of it but I just think it was good of him to come out and speak because he and his coach have had a really good career and I guess he is a father figure to Usain Bolt.”

 Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has encouraged athletes facing setbacks to not be overcome by the many barriers they face on the road to recovery.

The 32-year-old Fraser-Pryce has amazed sports fans everywhere by recently clocking some of the best times in her career, having taken time off from the sport to have her first child almost two years ago.  Recently, the sprinter dismissed the field at the London Anniversary Games clocking 10.78. 

The time was Fraser-Pryce’s third-fastest run this year and the third time the athlete has clocked a time in the 10.7s range.  Her best time this season was a sizzling 10.73, just three-hundredths of a second outside of her personal best.

“For me, it’s a testament to hard work and being committed and mentally driven as an athlete.  Time after time you hear persons telling you what you can do and what you can’t do and what is possible and what isn’t possible.  For me those are barriers and boundaries I continue to leap over,” Fraser-Pryce said.

“You have so many people that are dealing with injuries that are out for 2 years, three years and they think they can’t come back but you can,” she added.

 “It’s not just about mother for me but about athletes who are in a slump and who can’t get up believing it’s the end.  It’s about mentally preparing for the battle ahead and understanding it’s you against everything else.  You can overcome those obstacles.”

The Jamaican girls’ squad took a silver medal in the team competition at the Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Junior Championships, which buoyed Team Jamaica to a third-place finish overall, behind three-peat winners, Barbados and runners-up Guyana, as the tournament wrapped up over the weekend in Trinidad and Tobago.

The head coach of St. Kitts and Nevis, Earl Jones, said his team’s belief and determination helped them rally from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Jamaica in their Group A preliminary round Olympic qualifier on Sunday night.

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls avoided finishing sixth at the Vitality Netball World Cup, the worst the team would have since 1967 after a hard-fought playoff game against Malawi. 

The United States closed the XX Panamerican U20 Championship with more dominant performances to leave Jamaica battling for the minor positions in both the men’s and women’s 4x400m.

On the women’s side, the USA quartet of Alexis Holmes, Kimberly Harris, Ziyah Holman, and Kayla Davis scorched the track with a time of 3:24.04, well ahead of the second-placed Canadians who were next to cross the line in 3:30.68.  The Jamaicans led by the foursome of Daniella Deer, Shaqueena Foote, Lashanna Graham, and Kavia Francis got the bronze medal in a time of 3:31.34.

The Caribbean team fared better in the male equivalent but the quartet of Evaldo Whitehorne, Jeremy Farr, Bovel McPherson and Anthony Cox could only manage to chase the US to the line in 3:00.99.  The USA four of Frederick Lewis, Matthew Boling, Matthew Moorer and Justin Robinson crossed for gold in 2:59.30.  The Brazilians were third in 3:02.84.

Elsewhere, the Jamaicans managed to secure a bronze medal in the triple jump, where Terrol Wilson finished third with a leap of 15.99.  The event went to Colombia’s Geiner Moreno, with Cuba’s Andy Hecheverria second in 16.33.  Rovane Williams also secured a bronze medal after finishing third in the men’s 400m hurdles.  Williams crossed the line in 50.29, behind James Smith (49.84) and Brasil’s Alison Alves who won the event in 48.49.

The United States ended on top of the leaderboard with 16 gold, 12 silver, and 7 bronze medals. Canada were next with 4 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals with the Jamaicans third with 3 gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze.

 

 

Jamaica junior jumper Lotavia Brown captured the country’s third gold medal after claiming the women’s triple jump title at the XX Pan American U-20 Championships on Sunday.

In a stunning upset, the young Jamaican defeated favourite Leyanis Perez of Cuba but certainly had a huge slice of luck fall her way. 

Brown recorded a distance of 13.22m to take first place but was assisted by a wind reading of +4.3.  Even so, the second-place Perez, who consistently went over 13m, was just behind with a jump of 13.21 with a +0.5-wind reading. Another Caribbean athlete, Saint Vincent’s Mikeisha Welcome was third with a distance of 13.15m.  Rhianna Phipps a second Jamaican in the event was fifth after registering a best of 12.98.

Another jumper Lamara Distin also added to the tally after securing silver in the women's high jump.  Distin registered 1.81m just behind gold medal winner American Sanaa Barnes' 1.83m. Shelby Taylor of the United States took the bronze medal by clearing 1.78m, while Jamaica's Janique Burgher, also cleared 1.78m for fourth place. 

Jamaica sprint sensation Briana Williams also added to medal tally as part of a women’s 4x100m team that finished behind the United States.  The Jamaican team of Williams, Shakiera Bowra, Michae Harriot and Brandy Hall clocked 44.36 for second place as the United States took the gold medal by a wide margin with a 43.51-second clocking.  Canada clocked 44.42 for third place and the bronze medal.

 

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