Bailey backs Thompson for greatness

first_imgAthens Olympics sprint relay gold medallist Aileen Bailey has described 2016 RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee Elaine Thompson as an amazing young lady.Bailey believes that Thompson will do well in the future and that she could be the spearhead of Jamaican sprinting when six-time Olympic winner Usain Bolt retires.An Olympic 100 and 200 metres finalist herself in 2004, Bailey has high praise for Thompson and her achievements in 2016. During an interview earlier this week, Bailey said: “She’s been doing well and representing us well and I just wish the best for her.”Thompson sprinted to an undefeated season in the 100m, equalling Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce’s national record of 10.70 seconds in the process and taking gold at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Though she lost a couple of races over 200 metres, she led the world with her Olympic gold medal-winning time of 21.78 seconds. Thompson’s super Olympic campaign has earned her a nomination for the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year award.She has already been voted the 2016 International Female Athlete of the Year by readers of the British journal, ATHLETICS WEEKLY.”Based on her build, she reminds me of Usain,” Bailey continued to assess, “how they cover ground and everything like that”. The 2004 and 2008 Olympian is certain that good things lie ahead for the 24-year-old Thompson.”She’s being guided by Mr Francis, so she’ll definitely do well,” Bailey said in a reference to MVP coach Stephen Francis.”I feel that this year, all our national records in the sprints are going to be gone,” she predicted, “because she’s an amazing young lady.” Jamaica’s national 200-metre record stands at 21.64 seconds. That’s just 0.02 quicker than Thompson’s personal best of 21.66 seconds.The existing mark was set by Merlene Ottey in 1991.In addition to that, Bailey thinks Thompson could be Jamaica’s big star of the post-Bolt era. “It could be,” she envisaged, “Bolt is going out, so she could be the replacement that we need.”Thompson was among the nominees for the 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award won by Fraser-Pryce. Swimmer Alia Atkinson and 400 metres runner Shericka Jackson, cricketer Stafanie Taylor and Fraser-Pryce complete the list of nominees for the award this time around.last_img read more

Mayor of Anna Regina disappointed in President Granger

first_imgDeputy Mayor of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Darshan Persaud, has expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of President David Granger after he visited Anna Regina on Thursday last.According to Persaud, the President visited the region to distribute kites to the children of the region at the Anna Regina car park without informing himself or any other authority of the event, or even following the time-honoured protocol which has been established over several years.Persaud in an interview with Guyana Times said he had met with the President the day before his visit and was totally unaware of his visit to the region the following day.“Myself and the Mayor were sworn in at State House where we met with the President and even had dinner, so I can’t say why we were not informed of his visit,” Persaud said.Moreover, he noted that he is very disappointed with the actions of President Granger and the way things happened, while expressing that permission must be sought from the Town Council in the case of hosting of any event, even if he is the President.However, the Deputy Mayor noted that he will be raising the issue at the upcoming Council meeting.While delivering his feature address to the large gathering on Thursday, President Granger said the purpose behind the distribution is “to spread the joy of Easter”.President Granger did the honours of distributing the kites, with the aid of Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson and Social Protection Minister Amna Ally.last_img read more

Egyptian court fines PSG president for BeIN anti-trust breach

first_img0Shares0000Nasser Al-Khelaifi is also the president of French football giants PSG, who were knocked out of the Champions League last week by Real Madrid © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFECAIRO, Egypt, Mar 13 – Qatar’s BeIN Sports chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain, was hit with a second anti-trust fine by an Egyptian court on Monday.The court accuses BeIN of forcing its Egyptian customers to replace their existing satellites to obtain their services. A fine of 400 million Egyptian pounds ($22.7 million, 18 million euros) has been handed down after prosecution by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA) in a Cairo economic court.The fine is the second one BeIN has incurred in Egypt after a similar one was imposed in January.The decision imposed comes at a politically-charged time for the two countries, with ties between Egypt and Qatar deeply strained.Egypt was one of several countries including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing it of supporting extremists and being too close to Iran.Qatar denies the allegations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more