President of the Jamaica Football Federation has expressed sadness at the passing of former Prime Minister Edward Seaga who died on Tuesday after a bout of illness. He was 89.

Jamaica’s gymnastics association has signed a deal with an American apparel manufacturer Alfa Factor that will see the company provide Jamaican gymnasts with gear and cash over a period of two years.

Netball Jamaica has named a strong and experienced squad that will go for glory at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England from July 12-21, 2019.

The decision by the Jamaica Football Federation and the Premier League Clubs Association to dissolve the Professional Football Association of Jamaica was the result over consultations with representatives of CONCACAF that began more than a year ago.

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

Lane two in the Class Three 100 metres for girls was supposed to be Chantea Skyers’ lane.

The Jamaican government has engaged consultants to look into the viability of upgrading the National Stadium in Kingston and the stadium in Trelawny with a view to attracting international sporting events.

Maquettes of statues for former 100m world-record-holder Asafa Powell and two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell Brown, are currently in the island and will be unveiled soon.

World U20 champion Briana Williams will not be racing at the Racers Adidas Grand Prix on Saturday, June 8, contrary to what was announced at the launch of the meet on Thursday.

Red Stripe, the title sponsors of Jamaica’s premier league, have expressed their displeasure at what transpired during Monday night’s finals between champions Portmore United and Waterhouse FC but have committed to continue to support the competition.

Organizers of the Jamaica International Invitational Meet (JIIM) said on Monday, insufficient funding and not wanting to stage a ‘watered down’ prompted the decision to cancel the 2019 edition of the meet that was set for this May-4 weekend.

The Jamaica International Invitational seems to be in jeopardy of being delayed this year or possibly not being held at all.

Despite the absence of some of the island’s top high school athletes, Jamaica’s head coach Marlon Gayle believes the defending champions will be a strong, competitive force at the 48th edition of the Carifta Games later this month.

Jamaica’s will be hoping for a better finish in the CWI Regional U15 Tournament when they compete in this year’s competition set for April 11-21 in Antigua and Barbuda.

Jordan Samuda, the newly elected president of the Jamaica Skeet Club has expressed plans to expand the club outside the Corporate Area in a bid to further grow the sport of shooting in the country.

Samuda was elected recently at the club’s Annual General Meeting at its Portmore headquarters, succeeding Evan Thwaites did not seek re-election after serving a two-year term.

Samuda was the club secretary during Thwaites’ presidency.

While speaking at the recent closing ceremony of the Tastee Inter-School Sporting Clays Challenge, his first tournament as president, Samuda made is intentions known.

“Our main focus is to build the club (and) to continue to develop the club.  When I say build the club,  grow it with members and additional sponsorship,” he said.

“We are focused heavily at finding an offsite location.  We are also focused heavily on finding and establishing a Montego Bay West location so we have a Jamaica Skeet Club West.  There are a lot of hunters that shoot birds and bird shooters in Montego Bay and Westmoreland and Savannah-la Mar, so we hope that we will open a Skeet Club West down that side and encourage greater membership.”

With regards to the tournament, the new president was effusive with his praise for the former president and national coach Khaleel Azan who spearheaded the Tastee junior tournament. “ (I am) very, very pleased. Khaleel Azan has developed it and has perfected it.  We have no doubt that under his stewardship it will only continue to grow.

“Overall, it was a fantastic tournament.  We had over 12 schools that participated, close to 50 students, slightly down from our last competition this time last year but overall participation was strong and the junior programme continues to grow and is the lifeblood of our club,” Samuda said.

“A lot of these juniors are now in A Class and give the adults a run for your money and we are always thankful and happy for that.”

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