Maquettes of statues for former 100m world-record-holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown, are currently in the island and will be unveiled soon.

World U20 champion Briana Williams will not be racing at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, contrary to what was announced at the launch of the meet on Thursday.

Red Stripe, the title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier league, have expressed their displeasure at what transpired during Monday night’s finals between champions Portmore United and Waterhouse FC but have committed to continue to support the competition.

Organizers of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) said on Monday, insufficient funding and not wanting to stage a ‘watered down’ prompted the decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the meet that was set for this May-4 weekend.

The Jamaica International Invitational seems to be in jeopardy of being delayed this year or possibly not being held at all.

Despite the absence of some of the island’s top high school athletes, Jamaica’s head coach Marlon Gayle believes the defending champions will be a strong, competitive force at the 48th edition of the Carifta Games later this month.

Jamaica’s will be hoping for a better finish in the CWI Regional U15 Tournament when they compete in this year’s competition set for April 11-21 in Antigua and Barbuda.

Jordan Samuda, the newly elected president of the Jamaica Skeet Club has expressed plans to expand the club outside the Corporate Area in a bid to further grow the sport of shooting in the country.

Samuda was elected recently at the club’s Annual General Meeting at its Portmore headquarters, succeeding Evan Thwaites did not seek re-election after serving a two-year term.

Samuda was the club secretary during Thwaites’ presidency.

While speaking at the recent closing ceremony of the Tastee Inter-School Sporting Clays Challenge, his first tournament as president, Samuda made is intentions known.

“Our main focus is to build the club (and) to continue to develop the club.  When I say build the club,  grow it with members and additional sponsorship,” he said.

“We are focused heavily at finding an offsite location.  We are also focused heavily on finding and establishing a Montego Bay West location so we have a Jamaica Skeet Club West.  There are a lot of hunters that shoot birds and bird shooters in Montego Bay and Westmoreland and Savannah-la Mar, so we hope that we will open a Skeet Club West down that side and encourage greater membership.”

With regards to the tournament, the new president was effusive with his praise for the former president and national coach Khaleel Azan who spearheaded the Tastee junior tournament. “ (I am) very, very pleased. Khaleel Azan has developed it and has perfected it.  We have no doubt that under his stewardship it will only continue to grow.

“Overall, it was a fantastic tournament.  We had over 12 schools that participated, close to 50 students, slightly down from our last competition this time last year but overall participation was strong and the junior programme continues to grow and is the lifeblood of our club,” Samuda said.

“A lot of these juniors are now in A Class and give the adults a run for your money and we are always thankful and happy for that.”

When Briana Williams steps onto the track at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex at the 48th renewal of the Carifta Games later this month, it will be the first of two dress rehearsals for the Jamaican National Championships two months later.

Jamaican high school stars Kevona Davis, Ashanti Moore and Charokee Young will not be competing at this weekend’s CARIFTA trials at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Major Hugh Blake, the Chief Executive Officer of the Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited (SVREL), has resigned his post after only a few months on the job.

Tony Becca, the veteran Jamaican sportswriter and member of the Melbourne Cricket Club, died on Thursday from complications brought on by dengue. He was 78.

Reports said Becca died at The St. Andrew's Hospital in Kingston shortly before 5 am. He was admitted to hospital suffering from dengue fever.

Becca had also been battling a series of illnesses over the past decade.

Gleaner Sports Editor Andre Lowe was saddened by the news.

From a personal perspective, I am deeply saddened by Mr Becca’s passing.

"I have tremendous respect for him as a person and as a professional.

He was always willing and available to offer a word of encouragement and advice and he certainly made his mark, not only as an icon where cricket and sports journalism, in general, is concerned but as an exceptional human being, who was never too proud to help others.

He’s an example for the rest of us and the world of cricket journalism has lost a true giant," Lowe said in a statement to Sportsmax.TV.

Known for covering more than 100 Test matches during his illustrious career, which began in the 1950s, Becca watched his first Test match in 1953 and reported in his first match in 1974.

Following his retirement from the Gleaner, he continued to write a weekly column for the paper until the time of his passing.

His final column published on February 24, 2019, addressed the upcoming Jamaica Cricket Association elections in which Mark Neita, a fellow member of the Melbourne Cricket Club is challenging the incumbent Billy Heaven.

The elections will be held this evening.

 

Reggae Girl defender Dominique Bond-Flasza believes she has matured as a player since her FIFA World-Cup qualifying heroics in Texas last October and is eagerly anticipating the competition in France this summer.

The official opening of the synthetic playing surface, the first of its kind in Jamaica, at the UWI/Captain Horace Burrell Academy of Excellence, will take place on March 13.

President of the Jamaica Football Federation Michael Ricketts said he has hopes of arranging a match between the Reggae Boyz and two-time World Cup champions Argentina in the near future.

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