IAAF snub a threat to Blake rule?

first_imgBEIJING, China:Dr Warren Blake’s handle on the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) leadership may have loosened a bit after he failed in his bid to secure a spot on the IAAF Council during yesterday’s Congress in Beijing ahead of the 15th instalment of the IAAF World Championships.JAAA general secretary, Garth Gayle, who was the only member from the association, who was successful in gaining a foothold in track and field’s corridor of power after being elected to the Technical Committee, has distanced himself from any future attempt at the JAAA throne, but there will be many suitors come next year, when elections are due.”I am very comfortable with the president that we now have, but as you know, I am a school principal. But I am very comfortable with the contribution I am making to date. These two additions, while it won’t take away too much from my day-to-day duties, I would not want to go any further at this moment,” declared Gayle, who was also recently elected to Council of the North America, Central America and the Caribbean (NACAC) Association.Blake, who tallied 51 votes from a possible 209 in the second round of voting, fell just short of the ninth and final available spot by four votes.Though admitting disappointment, Blake congratulated Gayle on his achievement and insisted that Jamaica remains influential in the global athletics arena, despite the fact that only one of the four members up for election yesterday was given the nod by the community.”We did well to get one on because quite a number of countries have not been represented at all at the international level. I was definitely expected to get on because of the promises that had been made and the alliances, but it did not turn out that way,” said Blake afterwards. “We had 39 members vying for nine positions, so it was going to be a difficult position from the beginning.”Blake, who earlier this year declared Jamaica’s support for Sebastian Coe, who replaced the outgoing Lamine Diack in the presidential race over Sergey Bubka, said: “I think Jamaica’s position still remains strong because we were able to get the president elected, and that was the first order of business. Get a president elected that is favourable to you and you can get things going from there.”Coe, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner at the Olympic Games, became the IAAF president after securing a 115-92 majority win over Bubka (187), with the Ukrainian then being joined by Dahlan Al Ahmad (Qatar 159), Cameroon’s Hamas Kalkara Malbout (115) and Cuba’s Alberto Juantorena (111) rounding off the four vice-president spots.Deon Hemmings-McCatty and Alan Beckford also failed to get the requisite votes for spots on the women’s and cross county committees.”We have been pushing for his (Gayle’s) representation internationally, and Garth is a highly recognised technical officer, so it’s really good that he got on to the technical committee and I am really happy for that. At least we will be well represented where making rules and regulations are concerned going forward,” added Blake.Gayle, who himself picked up 73 of 208 votes to secure one of 12 spots on the Technical Committee, was also thankful and says he is ready to hit the ground running.”I am elated and happy that the members of the IAAF family could find it fit to give me their vote of confidence. It’s now for me to do Jamaica proud, NACAC as well, and also the 216 members (federations),” said Gayle.He becomes the first Jamaican to hold a position on the IAAF since the late Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, who died while serving as NACAC president and IAAF Council member in 2013.There have been whispers inside the JAAA that a challenge to Blake’s leadership will be coming at the next opportunity, with the administrator who replaced Howard Aris – who died in the post in 2011 as JAAA president – said to be under threat.It is believed that a spot on the IAAF Council would have further strengthened his position, but it’s now left to be seen whether or not a challenge will take shape in the coming months.last_img read more

Missed Messi penalty costs Barcelona in cup derby defeat

first_img“We knew this day would come, we tried to delay it as much as possible but it couldn’t be today,” said Sergio Busquets after the match.“The good thing is that we have the second leg to try to mount a comeback. We are lucky to have that game at home, and we will have to win whatever happens.”In a match of few chances Barca’s penalty, which came after a foul on Sergi Roberto, looked to be the decisive moment for the away side, but Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez dived superbly to his left to push Messi’s powerful shot wide.Navarro then came close to giving the hosts the lead in the 83rd minute with a dipping free-kick that forced an excellent save from Jasper Cillessen, before five minutes later setting up the goal that gave Espanyol their first win over Barcelona in nearly nine years.“This victory is important for the history of the club and to break down all those walls,” said Espanyol coach Quique Sanchez Flores.“It was telling how long ago it had been since we’d won against Barcelona, now the counter is back zero and we’re immensely happy about that.”Atletico Madrid’s forward Diego Costa (L) shoots against Sevilla’s goalkeeper Sergio Rico Gonzalez on January 17, 2018 © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU– Atletico stunned –Diego Costa’s third goal in four matches wasn’t enough for Atletico Madrid as Sevilla twice scored late to stun their hosts 2-1 in the first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.Costa struck for dominant Atletico on his first appearance since being sent off for wildly celebrating his last goal, in a 2-0 league win against Getafe, this one a superb first-time shot past Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico after the ball ricocheted to him in the 73rd minute.However Sevilla grabbed a hugely fortunate and barely deserved equaliser seven minutes later when a speculative cross deflected off Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez and was then inexplicably pushed into his own net by keeper Miguel Angel Moya.New Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella sealed his third win since arriving in Spain — all of coming them in the cup — with a much better goal two minutes from time, Joaquin Correa racing on to Wissam Ben Yedder’s knock-on and tucking a fine finish past Moya.Valencia came close to being shocked at their Mestalla stadium by Alaves, who are languishing in 17th place in La Liga and are just two points above the relegation zone, but Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo scored in nine second-half minutes to overturn Ruben Sobrino’s 66th-minute opener for the away side.Struggling Real Madrid and their under-fire boss Zinedine Zidane travel to Leganes on Thursday hoping to banish all talk of a crisis at the domestic and European champions after the weekend’s shock home defeat to Villarreal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s forward Lionel Messi reacts during the Spanish “Copa del Rey” quarter-final first leg football match against Espanyol January 17, 2018 © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Jan 17 – Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Espanyol struck in the dying moments to consign Barcelona to their first defeat since August, 1-0 in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday.Oscar Melendo slotted home a neat finish with two minutes remaining of a temperamental derby cup tie, racing onto Marc Navarro’s low cross to punish Messi for missing a 62nd-minute penalty and send the home crowd into raptures.last_img read more