IAAF crisis a big worry for Bolt … Slams moves to reset world records

first_imgTrack and field’s golden boy, Usain Bolt, says he felt ‘let down’ by the sport’s leaders following recent doping and bribery controversies but thinks that suggestions to reset the world records – including the three that he currently holds are pointless. Bolt, who was on Friday evening named the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year, admitted shock at the crisis currently engulfing the sport with former IAAF president Lamine Diack currently facing criminal investigations around allegations he accepted bribes to sweep positive drugs tests under the carpet. The issues affecting the sport have also seen Russia being banned from competition after being accusations of a state-backed, systematic doping system. This led to UK Athletics last week releasing a document ‘A Manifesto for clean athletics’ detailing several proposals, it believes will protect clean athletes and recover the sport’s credibility, including a controversial suggestion to wipe the record books clean. The Jamaican sprinter, whose world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19) and as a member of the Jamaican 4x100m that ran 36.84 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, would be wiped if UK Athletics has its way, admitted shock at the crisis. “When I heard the news it was quite shocking because as far as I was concerned, they were doing a good job to clean up the sport and to hear something like that was quite shocking,” Bolt said of the troubles plaguing his sport. “You feel let down as an athlete, from wanting to help clean up the sport and then for something like this to happen coming from the body of the sport,” Bolt noted. The six-time Olympic and 11-time World Championships gold medal winner, however, thinks that the suggestions to erase the world records is pointless and thinks the focus should be on ensuring that the sport’s future is a positive one. “I found it really funny, as my coach would say, you can’t change history so what they are saying (suggestions to erase records) is really pointless. What’s done is done we have to just move forward and try to make the next Olympics and World Championships and records as best as we can and look to the future. We can’t worry about the past,” Bolt added.last_img read more

Bong Teams are DonamiSports/YMCA Challenge Champions

first_imgMr. Toe presents the winners trophy to the skipper of the U-12Two youth teams in Gbarnga, Bong County have won the DonamiSports/YMCA Cities Challenge Cup competitions.Bong County’s U-12 team defeated New Kru Town U-12 1-0 and their U-14 team defeated Clara Town All Stars U-14 2-1.Both losers were the winners of the previous tournament held in Monrovia. The new winners will travel to Monrovia to meet their counterparts at the ELWA Community in a date to be announced later.The Challenge Cup tournaments are scheduled in the way that the winners also go to the next community to play.The Gbarnga tournament was held at the Catholic Compound and a large crowd of people came to see the youngsters play their game.The organizers, DonamiSports and YMCA, had representatives at the game. The winners from Gbarnga lifted two giant-size trophies and the losers also received consolation trophies.One of the New Kru Town U-12 players during the presentation of the trophies broke down and wept for his team’s loss, while the Gbarnga boys went into jubilation, singing, “That’s how we do it here.”Both winners showed great skill on the field and it was clear that they were prepared to win their matches. And as every game must have a winner, the Gbarnga boys won their games and are now new champions.The two teams in a future date will come to Monrovia to play against two teams in ELWA Community to continue with the process and the winners will continue to another county to continue the challenge.Before presenting the trophies to the two skippers of the winners, DonamiSports’ coordinator Josiah Toe informed the kids of the great passion that DonamiSports’ president Doc Lawson has for the development of their talents with the hope that they could become superstars for Liberia.“Doc Lawson wants you to become great players like he was as a young player in America,” he told the kids as they cheered.“The teams that you beat,” Mr. Toe said, “also beat other teams. Being and playing together show that we can continue to play across the country as we identify talented youths for Liberia.”He urged them to continue to play with their passion and work along with DonamiSports/YMCA to expose their talents.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more