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Leighton Levy

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West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell said he had changed his mind about travelling with the West Indies to New Zealand for their three-match T20 series but by the time he did, the team had already been selected and he was unable to join.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against the clearance of Salwa Eid Naser to compete. The appeal was filed about a week after World Athletics filed a similar appeal before CAS in late November.

In October, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) disciplinary tribunal had ruled that Naser had not committed an anti-doping rule violation in relation to an alleged filing failure and missed tests. The tests were missed between March 12 and April 12, 2019.

In its appeal to the CAS, World Athletics requested that the AIU decision "be set aside and that it be replaced with a new decision in which the 2019 400m world champion is found to have committed an ADRV and sanctioned with a two-year period of ineligibility.

The athlete has retained the services of Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle and Kristie Irving of Trinidad-based New City Chambers, who confirmed that WADA had also appealed the ruling.

"I can confirm that WADA has launched a separate appeal against the decision of World Athletics' Disciplinary Tribunal in the Salwa Naser matter,” Dr Crowne told Sportsmax.TV.

“We will be asking that WADA's appeal be consolidated with World Athletics' appeal, and that the hearing be open to the public."

The Nigerian-born athlete who now competes for Bahrain ran the third fastest time in history while winning the 400m title in Doha. Only Marita Koch (47.60) and Jarmila Kratochvílová (47.99) have run faster than her 48.14. Naser also had a missed test against her name in January 2020, a strike that still stands.

Woman Candidate Master Raehanna Brown said she was elated to have advanced to the finals of the FIDE Online World Cadets and Youth Rapid Championships.

West Indies bowling coach says the team has to be prepared to fight and not roll over when they face New Zealand in the second and final Test at Wellington on Thursday.

Jamaica’s team that finished fifth at the CAC Bodybuilding and Fitness that concluded in the Dominican Republic earlier this week. Jamaica was the highest ranked team from the English-speaking Caribbean with 108 points at the tournament dominated by the home team who amassed 551 points.

They were followed by Mexico (217 points), Guatemala (198)  and El Salvador (191).

Bahamas (43) and Antigua and Barbuda (24) were eighth and ninth respectively.

“We got five trophies, two first place and three second places and four other members ending with top-six finishes,” said Matthew Smith Barrett, the assistant treasurer of the Jamaica Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JBBFA) of the 14-member team that travelled for the competition.

Asahane Gordon Morrison won the Women’s Physique Open Class while Ricky James won the Men’s Physique (Short) over Christopher Murillo of Costa Rica and Wellington Wallace of the Bahamas, who were second and third, respectively. James’ teammate Kemoy Maine was fourth.

Meanwhile, Rajae Grandison finished second in the Bodybuilding Juniors category won by Mexico’s Luis Manuel Molina Calderon. Juan Pablo Rivera from Costa Rica was third.

Akeem Messam-Hinds was the runner-up to Haiti’s Perkendy Kasimir while Kaif Young of the Bahamas was third.

The outstanding Deidre Lewis, who won gold in 2019, was the silver medalist this time in the Women’s Bikini (Short) category won by Febe Marinee Alonzo Moreno from Mexico. Clavel Navarro Cabrera of the Dominican Republic was third.

Kashane McFarlane was fifth in the Men’s Physique (Tall), a similar position to Daniel Haughton in the Men’s Physique (Middle Height). Dwight James finished sixth in Men’s Bodybuilding.

West Indies "A" followed their senior counterparts in the manner of defeat on Sunday going down by an innings and 143 runs to New Zealand ‘A’ at the Bay Oval in Mount Manguanui in New Zealand.

For the past seven years Yohan Blake has been in partnership with luxury watchmaker Richard Mille.

West Indies middle order batsman was full of praise for Alzarri Joseph following their 15-run seventh wicket partnership against New Zealand albeit in a losing cause on Saturday.

Jermaine Blackwood has credited better composure, greater confidence as well as pre-match preparation for helping him score his second Test century on Saturday.

West Indies captain Jason Holder was scathing in his assessment of his team’s performance following their innings and 134-run defeat inside four days to New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday night. (Caribbean time).

Resuming on 196 for 6 following on after being bowled out for 138 in their first innings, the West Indies showed some fight with a 155-run seventh wicket partnership between Jermaine Blackwood and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph. However, once Joseph was dismissed for a career-best 86, the West Indies fell away to inevitable defeat.

Blackwood scored only his second Test century (104) in one of the few bright moments for the West Indies. His was the eighth wicket to fall as the home side closed in for the kill.

Afterwards, a frustrated captain, held nothing back.

“We just weren't good enough. We passed the bat quite a few times but credit to Kane, he made us toil,” said Holder who tried to find a few positives to highlight.

“We still had some positive stuff with our bowling unit. Our batting wasn't good enough. I have to congratulate Blackwood and Joseph for their innings. But quite frankly our top order needs to do better.

“We're still scratching our heads. Our preparations have been good. We had two solid warm up games and although the surface was different, I think we need to show better application up top.”

Holder said the team had to find solutions to the problems plaguing the team that has now lost three of their last four Test matches.

“We need answers and we need ‘em quickly,” Holder said while revealing that the West Indies will be without the services of their most experienced bowler for the remainder of the tour and the possible loss of his wicketkeeper through injury.”

“Kemar pushed through this Test match but he'll be going home to be with his family now. Shane, we're not quite sure about the extent of his hand injury. Looking pretty doubtful for the second Test. As I said to the other guys, it's time to deliver and stop talking. We've talked a lot and we've promised a lot. Now it's time to look ourselves in the mirror and fight. We've thrown in the towel too easily. We need to change that.”

Readers of the world renowned athletics magazine, Athletics Weekly, have selected Usain Bolt as the greatest athlete of the past 75 years. They placed Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce third among the women.

Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson says she is honoured to have been named Champion Ambassador of the Special Olympics Movement. The announcement came on Thursday as the Special Olympics celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Atkinson is the first competing Olympic athlete appointed to the role Caribbean.

“The role of Champion Ambassador for Special Olympics defines the power of real purpose,” Atkinson told the Jamaica Gleaner.

“Special Olympics athletes meet the challenge each day to realize their full potential, and I’m honoured to have the chance to learn from them, and to share our experiences together as we strive for inclusion for those with intellectual disabilities.”

Glen Phillips and Tim Seifert each scored centuries as New Zealand ‘A’ made West Indies ‘A’ bowlers toil on day two of their four-day match at Mount Maunganui ground.

Replying to New Zealand’s daunting score of  519 for 7, the West Indies began mounting a solid response by close of play on the second day of the first Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Asked to face 26 testing overs at the end of the day, the West Indies reached 49 without loss. Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell on 20 and 22, respectively, will resume on Day 3 with the visitors still 470 runs behind a New Zealand total made possible by Kane Williamson’s imperious 251.

Resuming from his overnight score of 97 and New Zealand 243 for 2, the Black Caps captain’s marathon knock was the backbone of the home side’s massive total. Kane faced 412 deliveries in his almost 10 and a half hour stay at the crease.

Ross Taylor, who joined Williamson at the crease at 168 for 2, added seven runs to his overnight score of 31 before becoming Shannon Gabriel’s second victim when he edged to wicketkeeper Shamarh Brooks, who replaced an injured Shane Dowrich.

Williamson dominance of subsequent partnerships of 30 with Henry Nicholls (7); 72 with Tom Blundell (14) and 56 with Daryl Mitchell (9), emphasized his impact on the New Zealand’s innings. His was the last wicket New Zealand to fall when he was caught by Roston Chase at deep midwicket from an Alzarri Joseph after a 94-run seventh-wicket stand of 94 with Kyle Jamieson, who remained unbeaten on 51 when the declaration came.

Williamson’s 251 included 34 fours and two sixes.

Gabriel finished with 3 for 89, while Kemar Roach, who should have got Williamson’s wicket but for a no-ball, returned 3 for 114 from 30 overs. Joseph had figures of 1 for 99.

West Indies T20 opening batsman Andre Fletcher said he is excited about playing for Melbourne Stars in Australia’s Big Bash League once his West Indies are completed.

Fletcher was a member of the West Indies T20 squad that lost three three-match series against New Zealand 2-0. He will replace England’s Jonny Bairstow, who is unavailable due to international duty.

"I'm really looking forward to coming over to the Melbourne Stars and being part of what should be an exciting season ahead," Fletcher said.

“Hopefully, I can bring my brand of batting and recent form to the Stars during the BBL."

Stars head coach David Hussey believes Fletcher’s talents will be an asset to the club.

"We're glad Andre was in a position to join us and he'll bring plenty of power and entertainment at the top of the batting order. Andre is a former T20 World Cup winner with the West Indies so he knows what it takes to succeed in major tournaments and I'm confident he'll be a great asset around our group," Hussey said.

Fletcher brings extensive experience to the Melbourne Stars having played in the Caribbean Premier League, the Bangladesh Premier League, and the Pakistan Super League.

He will join Nicholas Pooran who has also been signed with the club for the coming season.

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