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.

FIFA has threatened to ban Trinidad and Tobago from international football should the ousted leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) fail to withdraw their claim currently before the Trinidad and Tobago High Court by September 16.

On May 18, lawyers for the William-Wallace executive had filed an application in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court seeking a permanent injunction to prevent FIFA from interfering or seeking to override the “fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or preventing them from removing the executive of duly elected officers from office.”

FIFA filed an appeal that was dismissed by the High Court. The ruling is being appealed by FIFA on the grounds that the judge made several errors in arriving at her decision.

Apparently, increasingly frustrated at being unable to have the dispute resolved, FIFA has now decided to flex their muscles.

In a letter to the head of the Normalisation Committee Robert Hadad on Wednesday, FIFA said it was “extremely concerned regarding the decision of the claim and the arguments used to dismiss FIFA's application. In this context, we draw your attention to art. 59 of the FIFA Statutes, which expressly contains the prohibition of recourse to ordinary courts of law unless specifically provided for.

“FIFA takes such a principle with the utmost seriousness and therefore considers that it is the responsibility of its member associations to ensure that this principle is implemented. We further wish to underline that the failure to meet these obligations may, according to art. 14 par. 4 of the FIFA Statutes, lead to sanctions as provided for in the FIFA Statutes, including a possible suspension.”

FIFA said its primary objective is that TTFA, as member of FIFA, shall mandatorily respect and implement their obligations, provided in the FIFA Statutes and that the aforementioned developments seriously derail the objective.

Football’s governing body insisted that the only recognised path to resolve the ongoing dispute is the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) and requested the TTFA to ask the TTFA former leadership for an immediate withdrawal of the claim at the Trinidad and Tobago High Court by 16 September 2020, at the latest.

It said that failure to comply with this directive would result in the commencement of suspension proceedings via the relevant FIFA bodies.

Petersfield High School track coach Machel Woolery is in a state of shock at the news of the arrest of Kevin Nedrick in Minnesota on rape charges.

Jamaican thrower Kevin Nedrick is to appear in a Minnesota Court today charged with rape, according to reports.

Nedrick, who represented the University of Minnesota in NCAA athletics this past indoor season, was charged on Tuesday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, following allegations that he raped a woman in her campus apartment. He remains in jail on a USD$75,000 bond.

According to the Star Tribune, UMN has suspended him from team activities.

Reports said the police were called at about 1:15 am to the apartment where the woman told officers that she was there celebrating her roommate’s 21st birthday with friends on Monday night.

The woman said she went to aid her roommate, who was throwing up in the bathroom. When the woman left the bathroom, Nedrick pushed her into her bedroom and onto her bed.

Nedrick got on top of her as she said, “I don’t want to do this,” the criminal complaint read.

The woman reported that she estimated Nedrick's weight at 300 pounds and suspected he “had a lot to drink.”

She claimed that the assault continued until he let her check on her ailing roommate.

She reported what had happened to a building security agent came into the apartment.

Upon Nedrick’s arrest, physical evidence was collected from his mouth and hands.

The woman underwent a sexual assault examination at a hospital, where she “provided a consistent account” to the nurse, the charging document read.

The nurse noted bruises on the woman’s left forearm and fresh marks on her neck.

While at Petersfield High School, Nedrick won gold after setting a national junior record of 20.65m at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships in 2017.

He won a scholarship to Barton County and in 2018 he had top-five finishes in the NJCAA Outdoor Championships with third-place finishes in the shot put and discus and fourth place in the javelin.

He was the runner up in the shot put at the NJCAA Indoor Championships.

In 2019, he won the NJCAA national title in the shot put with a throw of 18.14 m and the NJCAA Region VI title in shot put.

Earlier this year, competing for UMN, Nedrick earned his first letter in track & field. He finished seventh in the shot put at the Big Ten Indoor Championships • recorded a career-best throw of 19.05 m to place fourth in the shot put at the Meyo Invite.

 

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says she is not yet ready to explain her coaching situation.

Jamaican Olympian Jason Morgan has been nominated for the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, The Young Professionals and Bayou Life Magazine 2020 Top20 Under-40 Awards.

Being a professional athlete means more than just what a person is capable of doing in the field of play. A pro should always be trying to improve in his or her craft, putting in the hours to maintain high levels of fitness, honing their skills, improving on their weaknesses and solidifying their strengths.

The very best ones go on to become stars and superstars while the role players ensure that playing standards remain high. We see that in the NBA, NFL, Premier League, LaLiga and other competitions that command the attention of tens of millions of people globally.

Cricket is no different.

The batsmen, who are among the best work hard to be at peak physical levels. They study the game and become masters of their sport. They undertake mental exercises that ensure that their minds remain alert, sharp for those critical moments in a competition where all the elements of their preparation come together in the execution of that decisive moment that alters the course of a match.

With all this in mind, how do some of our cricketers explain coming into the 2020 Hero CPL looking like giant blowfish?

Even with the uncertainty of the times when the pandemic is raging, there was always the possibility that the CPL would be on. The IPL, too, is also a possibility. Several of these players have contracts with franchises in the richest T20 league in the world.

So, what explains their decision to come to play looking like me after months of sitting at home stuffing my face with goodies from my kitchen? It’s embarrassing. And I am not the only one who believes this.

One former cricketer mentioned in a group of which I am a member that one of the players was as thick as Berbice mud.

The reactions on social media were equally telling.

“Cricketers here look like “Gerber Babies and Pillsbury man”, “COVID Realization: West Indies cricketers care zero about belly appearance”.

It is even more embarrassing when you see the players from other countries, who are also experiencing the pandemic, looking fit and sharp. I will take the opportunity here to heap praise upon Andre Russell, who has come in looking lean and ready. If you follow his Instagram you see the work he puts in as he prepared to compete in the CPL and later this year, the IPL.

Unfortunately, there are others who lack similar levels of commitment to professionalism.

Maybe that is why West Indies cricket struggles the way it does. It’s all about attitude and aptitude and the perception right now is that some of the region’s best players lack both.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce said she was excited after running another world-leading time in the 100m at the Velocity Fest meeting at the National Stadium on Saturday in what could probably be her final race of the season.

The Bahamian pair of Steven Gardiner and Tynia Gaither ran out winners in the 100m at the American Track League meeting at the Life University in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday.

Usain Bolt says he has not confirmed that he has COVID-19 but is in self-imposed quarantine until his test results are back.

Nationwide News reported on Monday that the eight-time Olympic gold medallist had tested positive for the Coronavirus. The news, NNN said, triggered a host of his associates and friends including football players Raheem Sterling, Leon Bailey and recording artiste Chris Martin being tested for the virus as they were in attendance at his birthday party last Friday, August 21. 

However, in a 50-second video posted on Twitter, Bolt said he heard the news regarding his positive test like everybody else; on social media despite reports that indicate that he was notified by health officials on Sunday.

“I did a test on Saturday to leave because I have work,” he said.

“Trying to be responsible so I am going to stay in and stay away from my friends and also, having no symptoms, going to quarantine myself and wait on the confirmation to see what is the protocol and how I should go about quarantining myself from Ministry of Health.”

Meantime, he is encouraging those who might have come into contact with him to be safe and enter quarantine.

More than 1500 Jamaicans have been confirmed to be infected by the virus. 116 Jamaicans were confirmed over a 24-hour period between Saturday and Sunday.

The 2020/21 ISSA Manning Cup and DaCosta Cup competitions will not be held this year as Jamaica’s Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has cancelled all sporting competitions that were scheduled for the Christmas term in the academic year.

Olympic legend Usain Bolt has reportedly been infected by the COVID-19 virus, according to media reports.

Nationwide radio reported on Monday that the now-retired 100m and 200m world record holder had tested positive for the virus.

Bolt, who celebrated his 34th birthday last Friday, is among the latest numbers of Jamaicans to have tested positive to the virus that has infected more than 1500 Jamaicans to date. Fifteen of those infected have died.

Jabari Narcis has signed a deal to play professional basketball in Spain for the 2020-2021 season, according to reports.

FIFA lodged an appeal today against the decision of the Trinidad and Tobago High Court to proceed with a claim from the former leadership of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) against the decision of the Bureau of the FIFA Council in March 2020 to appoint a normalisation committee for the TTFA.

FIFA is insisting that the only recognised path to resolve the ongoing dispute is the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

On August 13, Justice Carol Gobin ruled that the matter would be heard in the Trinidad High Court of Justice. However, in its notice of appeal, FIFA said the High Court judge erred on several points of law.

Cherie Gopie of Hamel-Smith and Co. who represent FIFA filed the notice of appeal.

Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Jason Jones and Crystal Paul of the New City Chambers represent the TTFA

 

Encouraged by the reaction of fans of the sport, the Jamaica Cricket Association has embraced the use of digital technology as it looks toward the future.

Over the past two years, the JCA has significantly increased its use of a variety of digital and online tools to deliver improved services to its stakeholders.

Of note, was in February of 2019, when for the first time, the JCA streamed the final of its Senior Cup tournament at Sabina Park via its Facebook page – Jamaica Cricket. Over the two days of the final, the online stream attracted more than 40,000 unique viewers who watched for a minimum of two hours.

“We were buoyed by the response of the viewing fans online. The data provided by our marketing team and the Facebook insights signalled that despite low numbers in the stands, interest in the sport was still strong,” said JCA CEO Courtney Francis.

“Traditional media helps us to reach a wide cross-section of cricket lovers, but our social media channels give us an opportunity to get more feedback and interaction. That’s important and the responses we were getting online let us know we had to be more interactive, not only with fans but also with our players, coaches, teams and other stakeholders.”

Against that background, the JCA is making an effort to enhance their digital footprint. This includes training and certification in digital scoring methods for all clubs and parish associations that was facilitated by CWI.

Following the training clubs and parish associations received tablets which were used for scoring in local competitions.

The JCA also secured a three-year commercial contract with CricHQ.com to host player and team statistics online. This facilitates the use of a completely data-driven evaluation of players and teams by the selection panel for national programmes.

They have also employed the increased use of video to share key moments in the JCA’s activities or to provide updates, which may not have been covered in traditional media channels as well as certifying JCA marketing staff in digital marketing and other digital disciplines.

“We took it up a notch in 2020 and the global COVID-19 pandemic really showed us that we were making the right decision. Our meetings migrated online – board, committees, staff and teams. Our players and coaches were using their WhatsApp groups and online meeting platforms to share training methods and holding each other accountable,” Francis said.

“Our staff’s productivity was maintained despite the work-from-home recommendations as part of the government’s response to managing the spread of the coronavirus. It took a bit of adjustment but we are better for it now and so are our coffers.”

Moving forward the JCA plans to relaunch its redesigned and more functional website on August 27 at 12:30 pm. This will be done live on the JCA’s Facebook page – Jamaica Cricket and is open to the public.

It will also host its AGM online via Zoom August 27 at 2:00 pm. This is a first in the organisation’s history and also among local sporting associations as well as deliver online training courses for a wide variety of cricket stakeholders via its new website. Disciplines include financial management, nutrition, fitness and conditioning, rules of the game, media/interview techniques among others.

His love for track and field was the driving force behind Michael Frater’s decision to start his own track club.

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