Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Jamaica’s National U-17 male team departs the island on Thursday, July 4, for Trinidad and Tobago where they will participate in the CWI Regional U-17 Championship from July  6 – 14.

Chairman of Jamaica’s Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel Kent Pantry has been appointed as an arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Pantry’s appointment is with immediate effect and is for a term of four years.

The England Lionhearts, a powerful representative team from the amateur leagues in England landed in Jamaica on Monday, July 1, for a 14-day Tour of Jamaica.

Former president of the Bahamas Athletics Association Mike Sands is the new president of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC).

He won the vote during the 2019 NACAC Congress in Queretaro, Mexico on Tuesday, July 2

He replaces former president Victor Lopez who did not seek re-election.

Sands won the preliminary vote with 10 of the 31 votes cast. Alain Jean Pierre of Haiti got eight votes with Claudia Perez of Mexico picking up seven.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ephraim Serette of the NAAA got only four votes while Dr Warren Blake of Jamaica got two.

During the final round of voting Sands got 14 votes to Jean Pierre’s 12 with Perez picking up the remaining five votes.

“I am very humbled by the confidence displayed in me by all the member federations. I am looking forward to the challenge that also comes with being the regional representative on the IAAF Council,” Sands told Sportsmax.TV following his victory on Tuesday.

“I am looking forward to serving all the member federations without prejudice.”

In that vein, Sands said he expects to meet with all the member federations in the short term to undertake a SWOT analysis of the challenges they face so that he will be able to assist them in determining the way forward.

Meanwhile, President of the BAAA Drumeco Archer said he is elated that a member of his executive is now NACAC president.

“I believe that it bodes well for sports in the Bahamas as we continue to demonstrate that we have the capacity to lead in the sport of athletics,” he said.

“More importantly, we are not only producing elite and high-performance athletes but  we are also driving the business of sports from the Bahamas and I am very happy because, in my bid for the presidency of my federation, that has been one of my mantras; we must move beyond just competition but we must be driving the business of sports and the administration of sports very differently.”

Archer said Sands worked tirelessly on the ground and fought a herculean fight.

“This fight would have dated back to 2015 when he would have won the vice presidency of NACAC, having to withdraw from the executive board of NACAC at the time since Pauline Davis-Thompson would have been an IAAF Council Member,” Archer said.

“Today, another opportunity has been presented to him and God saw it fit for it to be Mike Sands. So, on behalf of my federation and the people of the Bahamas we are immensely proud of Mike Sands.”

 

 

 

 

 

Oft-injured sprinter Kemar Bailey-Cole is the latest athlete to break ties with the Racers Track Club head coach Glen Mills, citing neglect.

Coach Wayne Smith is buzzing over the success of a Jamaican Taekwondo team that performed ‘above expectations’ at the Pan Am Taekwondo Championships held in Ocala, Florida, this past weekend.

Trinidad and Tobago Olympian Khalifa St. Fort has reportedly parted ways with her coach Ato Boldon.

The world number-one sprint hurdler Janeek Brown has signed a professional contract with Puma and has gone pro.

She reportedly signed her contract last Thursday night, the same day of the start of Jamaica's national championships to select a team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

The 21-year-old Brown, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas set a world-leading 12.40s to win the 2019 NCAA title, setting a new Jamaican national record in the process.

However, she was unable to show her talents at the SVL/JAAA National Championships in Kingston on Sunday after the 100m final was aborted.

The former Wolmerian posted the news of her decision to join the professional ranks on Twitter Wednesday evening.

“Blessed is she who believes the Lord will fulfil his promise to her…I am professional,” she tweeted while thanking the coaching staff at Arkansas for their support in the two years she ran as an amateur.

Sportsmax.TV, however, has been reliably informed that she will remain in school.

Brown set world-leading times of 12.57 and 12.55 while representing Arkansas this past season before setting her national record time at the NCAA Championships in Texas in early June.

Standout Jamaican junior golfer William Knibbs heads a 10-member team named by the Jamaica Golf Association to contest the 2019 Caribbean Golf Championships set for June 30-July 6 at the Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic.

The Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) on Tuesday launched the third staging of the Sandals Resorts Under-19 cricket competition and academy at the Trelawny Multipurpose Stadium.

West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell successfully underwent knee surgery on Wednesday after being forced out of the ICC World Cup because of injury.

Ato Boldon believes Briana Williams is a special talent that could have gone faster last Friday night and he expects her to be even faster at the World Championships in Doha this year.

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