Jamaica Olympic Association rescues the Jamaica Table Tennis Association with $500,000.00

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A near national embarrassment was averted on Tuesday morning, when the Jamaica Olympic Association, (JOA) through its president Mike Fennel donated just a little over $500,000 to help send Jamaica’s female table tennis team to one of the sport’s biggest global competition in Japan.

The Jamaican ladies led by seven times national champion Yvonne Foster, were in danger of missing the World Team Table Tennis Championship to be staged Tokyo, Japan from  April 28-May 5.

Faced with the financial constraints facing all minor sports in Jamaica, the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA), would be unable to send the team of Foster, Shanique Claire and Kadian Carney to the Championship, but at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with JTTA President Godfrey Lothian and several JOA representatives,...

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17 medals for Jamaica so far at Carifta Swimming Championship

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Jamaica’s medal tally jumped to 17 on day two of the 29th renewal of the Carifta Swimming Championship in Aruba.

Following on the success of the Jamaican track and field compatriots, the national swimmers splashed up 8 medals on Wednesday, to add to nine medals secured on day one. Those medals won on day one consisted of two gold, four -silver and three bronze.

On Wednesday the bright spark Angara Sinclair won her second gold of the meet, when she sparkled to victory in the Girls’ 13-15 …50-metres – backstroke event in 31.02 seconds. Another promising youngster in Nicholas Vale sparkled in a  bronze winning performance in the boys 11-12, 200 meters Freestyle event. Vale pushed to a fast 2 minutes 13.22 seconds to hold off the challengers in what was a competitive race throughout.

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50 years of Jamaican high schools performance highlighted at the Penn Relays

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Jamaica’s rich history in track and field at the high school level has not gone unnoticed, as the cover of the souvenir magazine for the 2014 staging of the Penn Relays, which began on Wednesday April 23 at the Franklin Field Stadium in Philadelphia, pays tribute to Jamaican High Schools as they celebrate 50 years of competing at the relay carnival.

The Penn Relays now in its 120th staging, saw a Jamaican high school competing for the first time in 1964, when the Kingston College team of Lennox Tulloch, Alex McDonald, Rupert Hoilette, Tony Keyes, Jimmy Grant and Lennox Miller participated in the 4×110 and 440 yards relays.

The magazine cover has two photos; one in black and white showing the 1964 Kingston College team of 1964 winning one of two relays, and last year’s B...

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Jamaica defeats Barbados to reach regional cricket final

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Following a dismal showing in their last four games in the West Indies Cricket Board Regional Four Day Competition, where the Jamaicans lost three of their last four matches; it came as a shocker on Tuesday when they defeated Barbados at the Kensington Oval, in a tense Semi-Final clash to reach the grand final.

Jamaica defeated Barbados by just one wicket and will now face the Windward Islands for the Headley/Weeks Trophy starting Saturday April 26, in St Lucia.

Chasing 167 for victory, Tamar Lambert’s men reached their target in the first session of play after losing 9 wickets. However, credit must go to the top order which really batted well, led by captain Lambert who scored his third first class century, hitting 121 which included 12 fours and 4 sixes...

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Yohan Blake set to compete over 150 meters in England on May 17

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CNIS Sports can confirm that the second fastest man of all time, Yohan Blake will make his return to Britain for the first time since his gigantic performance at the London Olympic Games in 2012, where he won two individual silver medals and relay gold in the 4×100 meters. He has been confirmed to compete at the Great City Games in Manchester, England on May 17.

Making his way back to full fitness after being sidelined by injury for all of 2013, the 2011 World Championship 100 meters gold medalist will race over 150 meters on a temporary track on Deansgate as part of the unique street event. He becomes the second Jamaican behind triple world record holder Usain Bolt to compete in the 150 meters in England.

Back in 2009, Bolt competed in the event and clocked a world record 14...

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‘Mission Accomplished’ – as Jamaica completes a historic 88 medal haul at the Carifta Games

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Neill Harrison Head coach of Jamaica’s team to the just concluded 29th Carifta Games in Martinique was indeed spot on in his predictions, when he said that Jamaica would surpass 78 medals, as it turned out he was more than correct. The Jamaicans returned to the island on Tuesday with a record 88 medals to win the Carifta Games a record 30th time in a row and 37th overall since 1972.

The 84 member team secured 42 gold, 34 silver and 12 bronze to remind the Caribbean, as to which  country  is the powerhouse in track and field in the region.  The Jamaican junior athletes are a potent set of athletes against each other, and even greater force when they combine, and that combination was on display over the Easter weekend.

Coach Neil Harrison said to the media, shortly after checking out a...

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Circuit Race Car driver Heath Causewell signs deal with Petcom – ahead of Easter Monday Race Meet

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Heath Causwell one of Jamaica’s top Circuit Race Car drivers signed another major deal, this time with local fuel provider Petcom for the 2014 racing season. Petcom described the move as a landmark deal for Team Machines Gone Wild (MGW) for 2014. The monetary value of the deal was not announced.

Heath Causwell is regarded as THE top driver under 35 years old although he races in the MP4 Category (modified Production 4) which features the likes of Doug Gore and David Summerbell.

Said Causewell in statement on Saturday, “In 2013 we were proud to place an extremely close second in the overall rankings and this year we will be making another attempt to take home the overall title with renewed support and one more year of experience under the belt...

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Mico wins Intercollegiate Rugby Championship

The Mico University College won the Intercoimagesllegiate Rugby Championship on Thursday after they whipped the University of the West Indies (UWI) 42-18 to end the 2013-2014 season unbeaten with 11 wins and 1 draw.

In the match up at the Duhaney Park Mini Stadium the supporters of either team came out in their numbers for the season’s grand finale.  From the start the Miconians led the contest with quick and accurate passes in addition to exceptional speed on the offense with the running from their backline players. It was no wonder then, that Mico was 22-14 heading into the half time break.

 UWI enjoyed periods of sustained pressure over Mico early in the second half, and but was Mico who kept the score board ticking while limiting their Papine opponents to only 4 additional points.

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Jamaica’s Carifta Swim team now in Aruba

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Jamaica’s delegation to the 29th staging of the Carifta Swimming Championship is now in Aruba ahead of the April 22 start of the regional competition, that will see some of the best swimmers across the Caribbean compete for championship honours. The championship will be held in Savaneta, Aruba from April 22-26.

Team Jamaica left the island on Saturday morning, headed by Manager Gillian Haughton, and head coaches Syreeta Daley- Biggs and Gillian Millwood.

The team with the likes of the promising Annabelle Lyn, Angara Sinclair, Annastazia Chin, Daniele Booth and Lean McMaster on the girl’s side stands ready to deliver good performances, as outlined by Millwood who spoke to CNIS Sports before departure.

“The team assembled has done exceedingly well in training and the coaching staff is s...

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17 medals for Jamaica on opening day of Carifta Games

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In search of a record 30th title, defending champion Jamaica got off to a glorious start in the 43rd CARIFTA Games in Martinique on Saturday, with the country’s athletes snapping up 17 medals on the opening day.

The medal breakdown so far : 7 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze, with two more days of competition to go, where Jamaica is expected to surpass the record 84 medal haul made in Bermuda in 2002 when Usain Bolt was the stand-out athlete that year. At the same time, the team is pushing to surpass the 69 medals won last year in Bahamas.

Jonielle Smith won the under 20 girls 100 meter race in 11.17 seconds, ahead of Aaliyah Telesford of Trinidad 11.42 seconds, and Kedisha Dallas also of Jamaica third 11.44 seconds...

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