Jamaica names CAC team

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World championships representatives, Indira Spence and Raymond Brown, were named among 17 track and field athletes selected to wear the national colours at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico in November.

135 athletes and 40 officials will represent Jamaica at the two week tournament, which is set to run from November 14th to 30th. The women’s team will also include Tara-Sue Barnett, Samantha Curtis, Gayon Evans, Natalie Grant, Vanessa Levy and Geneva Greaves.

Spence will compete in the women’s 100m hurdles while Brown will compete in the men’s shot put.

The men’s team is comprised of Aubrey Allen, Kegan Campbell, Alvin Green, Marzel Miller, Nasieve Powell, Andre Clarke, Eric Keddo, Orrin Powell and pole vaulter K’don Samuels.

The Black, Green, and Gold standard ...

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Jamaica faces tough test in group ‘A’ of CONCACAF under 20 Championship

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Jamaica’s junior Reggae Boys have been drawn in group ‘A.’ They will meet Trinidad and Tobago in their opening game, of the CONCACAF under 20 championship which will be held in Jamaica between January 9 and 24, 2015.

The draw took place this morning in the second city of Montego Bay, at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and will see Jamaica playing alongside the United States, Panama, Aruba and Guatemala in their group. The group has been described by the pundits as the early group of death.

The Jamaicans, to be coached by Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, will tackle the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on the opening day of the tournament on January 9th. The opening day will feature a triple game package for spectators at Kingston’s National Stadium, starting at 8 pm.

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Olympian Alia Atkinson in good form at FINA Swimming World Cup

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Olympian Alia Atkinson today completed her 6th stop of the 2014 FINA Swimming World Cup in Tokyo. She performed in fine style after she splashed up 2 silver medals.

The 2012 Olympic finalist secured the runner up spot in the women’s 100 metres individual medley, where she clocked 58.47 seconds behind eventual winner Hungarian star Katinka Hosszu, who won the event in a 57.74 seconds.

The Jamaican finished second in the women’s 50 metres breastroke race where she clocked 29.66 seconds, to finish behind Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania, who won the event in 29.36 seconds.

Atkinson, who resides in the United States, now heads for the final stop in Singapore this weekend...

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National Discus Thrower Traves Smikle banned for two years

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National discus thrower, Traves Smikle, has received a two-year suspension for doping and his management team is immediately preparing their documentation for an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

On Tuesday, the world governing body of track and field, The International Association of Athletics Federations(IAAF) handed down the ruling which will see Smikle’s ban lasting until June 21, 2015.

This means that the sanction began from the date of his positive test for a banned substance at the Jamaican National Championships on June 22, 2013.

The 21 year old student at the University of the West Indies(UWI) Mona Campus, had tested positive for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) but declared his innocence saying he never knowingly took any prohibited substance...

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National Volleyball trials set for Ocho Rios this weekend

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The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) beach in Ocho Rios, St Ann will be the venue for the national beach volleyball trials this weekend. The trials will start at 9 a.m. in the morning.

It has been reported that Jamaicans out of Canada are also tipped to be part of the local trials, as the athletes seek valuable places on Jamaica’s team which will be selected for the 2016 Olympic qualification tournament. The winner of Saturday’s qualification tournament will gain automatic spots to represent Jamaica at the qualification next year.

Recently elected president of the Jamaica Amateur Volleyball Association, Rudolph Speid, said “All efforts are being made to host good trials this weekend...

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Jamaican female hockey squad strengthened ahead of CAC Games

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The national female hockey team is currently preparing for the Central American and the Caribbean (CAC) games in Mexico next month, and has been strengthened with the inclusion of three experienced players.

The players drafted into the squad include Suewana Gordon, Shanna-Kaye Tulloch and Tashana Edwards. They have been invited to the squad which has currently stepped up preparations for the regional games.

The Jamaican female team who was in action almost a month ago at the Federation of International Hockey (FIH) World League qualifiers at the Mona Astro Turf, missed out on a place in round two of the qualifiers after losing all their games.

Now several weeks later head coach, Dr. Michelle Holt, says she is encouraged by the improvement of the players currently in training...

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Concacaf Under 20 qualification draw set for Thursday in Montego Bay

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The official draw to decide the zones of the Concacaf Under-20 football competition, which is to be played in Jamaica next year, will be held on Thursday 30th October, 2014 at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in the second city of Montego Bay, starting at 1:30 pm.

This was confirmed on Tuesday by the Concacaf website. Delegates from eleven (11) other countries in the Concacaf region will be represented and the draw will be streamed live via Concacaf.com.

Meanwhile, president of Concacaf Jeffrey Webb and the Honourable Damion Crawford, Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment will open the function.

It has also been reported that members of the 1998 Jamaican World Cup Reggae Boyz team should also be in attendance at the draw, as some of those past players have been draft...

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New Netball Jamaica website launched

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Netball Jamaica launched its 2015 World Netball Championship campaign this morning, dubbed Gold Rush Down Under, which is focusing on the fact that it will be held in Australia. The occasion was also used to launch the new netball Jamaica website MyNetballJamaica.com which will be used over the next few months as a vehicle to drive funding for the Sunshine Girls.

Christopher Samuda, the General Secretary of the Jamaica Olympic Association, and Molly Rhone of the International Netball Federation, both lauded Netball Jamaica for the move to mobilize funding for the championship and wished the team well on their way for the gold.

Marva Bernard appealed for support for Netball Jamaica’s programmes, including Gold Rush Down Under, while bemoaning the lack of up-take by corporate Jamaica for th...

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Despite the current crisis the ICC wants the West Indies to play in the 2015 World Cup

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) 2015 World Cup organisers say they have nodoubt that West Indies will compete in the tournament, despite withdrawing from their tour of India.

West indies pulled out of the tour earlier this month after the fourth of five scheduled one-day international matches, with one Twenty/20 international and three test matches still to be played.

The impasse raised concerns over the future of the West Indies side and, in particular, the likelihood of the team taking part in next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

However, John Harnden, the Chief Executive of the tournament, underlined his confidence over the Caribbean team’s involvement, though he did add that a contingency plan was in place should the West Indies be unable to play.

He said with 1...

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Jamaican Gareth Henry now in Brazil for International Badminton Challenge

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Jamaica’s number one badminton player, Gareth Henry, is now in Brazil to compete in the international badminton challenge which serves off on Wednesday in the South American country.

The week-long tournament is an Olympic qualifier, and Henry, who returned to the island last week from the Pam American Badminton Championship in Canada is the only Jamaican who will be in action.

Henry, who is ranked outside the top 300 male players in the world, will use the event in Brazil to improve his rating points, and he will also gather vital experience from the seven days of competition.

Henry, meanwhile will stay over in Brazil after the championship, to train with the national team of Brazil in preparation for other regional competition before the end of the year.

“I am happy to be given this...

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