IAAF wants improved relationship with Jamaica – Eyes Usain Bolt as ambassador

first_imgIAAF CEO Olivier Gers said although the federation is disappointed at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) decision to abstain from voting on new reforms for anti-doping controls in the sport, it will not impose any sanctions on the body, and, he wants to greater develop the relationship between the two bodies and also Jamaica’s athletes. Gers, who was the guest speaker for last night’s RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards ceremony, said that the association has nothing to fear regarding sanctions for its decision. “There’s no change (in the relationship), there won’t be any repercussions, and there won’t be any impact,” Gers said. “Don’t get me wrong, we were disappointed because of the amazing ranking and amazing weight that Jamaica has in our sport, so I think President (Sebastian) Coe and all of us on the council were disappointed not to get the full support of Jamaica, but it doesn’t mean that there will be any repercussions. We’re working together already, we’ve been talking since then, and we’ll be working to hear Dr (Warren) Blake’s (JAAA President) concerns.” Gers said that Jamaica has what he describes as a rich track and field heritage and said that the nation’s input in the sport’s affairs is important to the IAAF. He also noted that the federation wants to learn from what the nation has done, to make the sport better in other areas of the world. He continued by saying that Usain Bolt is one of the sport’s greatest finds and that he hopes he will remain involved in it after Bolt’s planned retirement later this year. “Hopefully, he won’t be too far (away from the sport), and we’ll get his passion and his talents on the administration side of what we do,” Gers told The Gleaner. “We need his fame and his dedication to the sport, but in a different fashion, because he’s an amazing trendsetter and marketer of himself so I’m looking forward to working with him in that fashion.” He said that he hopes that younger athletes would follow Bolt’s pattern of marketing himself socially. “How he markets himself through social media and other tools that exist today that didn’t always exist, that was an innate talent of Usain,” he said. “His incredible charisma, talent and his unique relationship with the fans is something we hope we can teach younger talent. We are in the business of sport and the business of entertainment, and we have to remember that we are competing with other sports as well.” Gers said that he would love to have Bolt as an ambassador at the IAAF after his retirement. “That would be great,” he said with a grin. “We haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it because we’re letting him focus on his season and letting him focus on all the milestones he has set for himself in 2017.”last_img read more

Volleyball Falls In Four Sets At SIU

first_img Next Game: Watch Live Wichita State 9/30/2016 – 7:00 PM CARBONDALE, Ill. – Twenty-four hours after a grueling five-set win to open Missouri Valley Conference play, the Drake University volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss at Southern Illinois on Saturday, Sept. 24, evening.Drake (10-6, 1-1 MVC) dropped the contest by set scores of 25-16, 27-29, 25-17 and 25-21. Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) led the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 34 attempts with four blocks. Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) and Odessa Cody (Chicago, Ill.) each added eight kills, but the Bulldogs only managed to hit .157 in the loss. Freshman Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) made her first start for the Bulldogs and notched six blocks.SIU (11-5, 2-0 MVC) was paced by four players in double figure kills with Abby Barrow’s 13 leading the way.SIU set the tone early in the match as a 6-0 run gave the Salukis an 18-12 lead that would later balloon to nine points en route to an easy 25-16 win in in the opening set. The second set was much more closely contested as neither team led by more than four points throughout. Facing set point with a 24-21 deficit, Drake rallied for three-straight points from Tubbs, Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) and Cody to tie the match, 24-24. The Bulldogs staved off set point once again and closed the set with three-straight points to take the extended set, 29-27.However, following intermission, the Salukis retook control of the match by jumping out to an 11-3 lead. Drake briefly pulled within five points, but would get no closer as SIU took the set, 25-17. SIU went on to lead the fourth set from start to finish, but not without another challenge from the Bulldogs. Facing match point at 24-18, Drake scored three-straight points to pull within three points, 24-21, but could get no closer as an attack error sealed the set and match for SIU.The Bulldogs return home to the Knapp Center next week to continue MVC action against perennial MVC powers Wichita State and Missouri State. The Bulldogs’ weekend begins against Wichita State on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. followed by an Oct. 1 match against Missouri State at 7 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Preview Buy Tickets Live Statscenter_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Story Links The Valley on ESPN3last_img read more

Related Bargains of the week Berlin Asturias

first_img RelatedBargains of the week: Berlin | Asturias | TriesteBargains of the week: Berlin | Asturias | Trieste10 of the best European city breaks for Easter weekendIf you’re wondering where to go for that long Easter weekend, how about four days in Paris, Copenhagen, or Berlin? Here are the best destinations to fly away for this Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday (April 14th) to Easter Monday (April 17th).5 flights for under £45: bargains of the weekOur pick of the best bargain flights on the web this week, from Palma to Ljubljana. Nice from £64For a sunny spring break on the cosmopolitan Cote D’Azur, Nice makes the perfect long weekend destination. Sun seekers and cocktail aficionados love it here, but for those craving culture, Nice is home to some wonderful museums, art galleries and archaeological sites like the Roman city of Cemenelum. If you’ve got romance on your mind then the old town, with its secret passageways and beautiful fresh flower and antique markets, will set the mood perfectly. Don’t forget that France is the home of gourmet cuisine and in Nice you can feast like a king on rustic pizzas and Michelin star cuisine. A stroll along the fairy-lit promenade is an idyllic end to a day on the Riviera. Find flights to Nice.Berlin from £63Overflowing with art and crammed with ‘cool’, Berlin is Germany’s lively, beating heart. It is impossible not to love this city. With its super-chilled outlook, hip bar scene and outrageous energy, Berlin is the envy of all other European cities, and if it isn’t, it should be! Cafes are full all hours of the day and night. Locals can dine on everything from authentic Thai to Russian, Iranian and Turkish cuisines while sipping ice cold beers in some of the handsomest bars in the world. Culture lovers will be in nirvana in Berlin with its iconic historical architecture and incredible galleries and museums. Don’t waste time sleeping; enjoy every waking moment of this exhilarating and spellbinding city. Find flights to Berlin.Gdansk from £62A trip to Gdansk gets you three cities for the price of one! Neighbouring Sopol is famous for its nightlife and beautiful beaches while Gdynia is the place to go for live music and festivals. The main attraction though is Gdansk, a lovely Polish port city that has been scrubbed and polished to perfection with the gleaming old Burgher houses lining the streets, and more bars, cafés and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Brimming with history, Gdansk is said to be the city that sparked the Second World War and the place that signalled the fall of communism. With museums, cathedrals, churches and theatres as well as stunning coastline, Gdansk is a must for those wanting to explore the heart of Eastern Europe. Find flights to Gdansk.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Whether you’re looking for some fun in the sun, adventures in the east or a cool city trip; check out our three fantastic bargains of the week, that are sure to get you in the mood for spring.last_img read more