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.

 

The Bahamas will send only a men’s 4x400m relay team to the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan from May 11-12.

That team will be comprised of Steven Gardiner, Alonzo Russell, O’Jay Ferguson, Andre Colebrook and Teray Smith.

The BAAA made the announcement via a statement released on Wednesday in which it cited a failure of to meet qualification standards as the reasons behind the decision not to enter a 4x100m or 4x200m squad or even a mixed relays team.

The Bahamas won the mixed relays when the championships they hosted the relays 2017. However, according to the BAAA things have changed dramatically since then.

“Within this track and field cycle, we are mindful of using every opportunity to qualify for the World Championships,” said Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mabeline Miller.

“This is why it was important to contest the traditional 4×100 and 4×100 events in Tokyo. Entry standards were only imposed in the 4×100 and 4×400 and are determined through the IAAF World Ranking list. The final entry deadline was on April 22, 2019.

“After submitting our entries, we received news today that the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay teams did not make the top 24, meaning that The Bahamas does not have a lane in those events. As a result, we have decided to withdraw our men’s 4×200 team as this is not an event on the World Championship schedule.”

 

Jamaica’s sporting bodies will have to show greater accountability if they are to gain access to the funding they need. This as the country’s sports minister Olivia Grange announced the new criteria during a meeting with the island’s sports federations on Wednesday.

"Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected,” Minister Grange explained.

“Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sports-governing bodies is well managed.  At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”

Under the new conditions, the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations or associations without a full accounting for money requested.  Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.

The minister made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities.  The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the ministry. 

“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange.

“Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors.  There is no downside to having greater accountability.”

Minister Grange pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.

“If you receive over five million (JMD) dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.

“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports. “And, so I’m putting everybody on notice.  If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held.

“In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”.

 

 

 

Some of Jamaica’s top athletes will get valuable relay practice for the upcoming IAAF World Relays when they suit up for the annual Penn Relays at the Franklin Field in Philadelphia from April 24-27.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson are down the run the 4x200m relays at the IAAF World Relays set for Yokohama, Japan on May 12 and 13. Meanwhile, veteran Yohan Blake will Jamaica’s 4x100m campaign.

The 42-member team named by the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) on Wednesday, sees reigning CAC 100m champion Jonielle Smith, Jura Levy, Natasha Morrison, Sashalee Forbes and Sherone Simpson down to contest the 4x100m women.

Blake, Julian Forte, Tyquendo Tracey, Jevaughn Minzie and Kenroy Anderson have been named in the men’s 4x100 squad.

The 4x200m female squad is comprised of Shericka Jackson, Sashalee Forbes, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Stephanie Ann McPherson. Forte, Nigel Ellis, Rasheed Dwyer and Oshane Bailey were assembled for the men’s squad.

Jamaica’s 4x400m squads include Demish Gaye, Fitzroy Dunkley, Rusheen McDonald, Ackeem Bloomfield and Nathon Allen. The women’s team also looks a strong squad with Christine Day, Chrisann Gordon, Anastasia Le-Roy, Janieve Russell and Roneisha McGregor.

For the mixed relays, the JAAA selection committee went with Rhonda Whyte, Tiffany James, Shian Salmon, Javon Francis, Anthony Carpenter and Jamari Rose while Yanique Thompson, Megan Tapper, Amoi Brown, Andrew Riley, Norman Pittersgill and Ronald Levy will contest the newly introduced shuttle mixed relays.

The team to be managed by Ludlow Watts will have Maurice Wilson as its head coach.

A day after reports emerged that she has signed a professional contract with global sportswear giant, Nike, Reggae Girlz striker Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw, was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 13th annual Volscars on Monday night.

2019 Austin Sealy Award winner Briana Williams said she didn’t expect to win the award for a second time at the Carifta Games that came to a close in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

Jamaica is to host the 2019 CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championships from May 12-19, 2019 at the Stadium East in Kingston.

For the second year running, Jamaica’s Briana Williams won the coveted Austin Sealy Award at the Carifta Games that concluded at the Truman Bodden Stadium in the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

Jamaica swept the sprint relays, the sprint hurdles and the 4x400m relays on Sunday’s final day to close out the 2019 Carifta Games in emphatic fashion.

Briana Williams claimed her third gold medal on Sunday’s third and final day of the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands on Sunday when she led off her country to an emphatic win in the 4x100m relays.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford won gold in championship record fashion in the u17 javelin on Sunday’s third and final day of the 2019 Carifta Championships in the Cayman Islands.

Jamaica’s football bosses are breathing a collective sigh of relief following news that their first choice goalkeeper Andre Blake is expected to recover from injury in time to start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June.

The Excelsior Community College Eagles denied the Caribbean Maritime University Spartans a third consecutive hold on the Intercollegiate Rugby League title when they battled to 22-18 win at the UWI Mona Bowl on Saturday.

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