Month: September 2020

  • Cricket News Sri Lanka seeks ‘clear rules’ on ball tampering

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Colombo: Sri Lanka’s sports minister called on the International Cricket Council to establish “simple, clear rules” on Wednesday after skipper Dinesh Chandimal was punished for ball tampering.”Laws governing the offence / act of altering the condition of the ball are somewhat vague and lack clarity,” Faiszer Musthapha said in a statement.”I invite the ICC to revisit the applicable laws and ensure that a set of simple, clear and certain rules and procedures are put in place.”He did not elaborate but the statement came after Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha were sanctioned following a tampering scandal.Chandimal refused to take the field for two hours on the third day of the second Test against the West Indies last month after he was accused of ball tampering on the previous day.Chandimal as well as Hathurusingha and Gurusinha were banned for two Tests and four one-day internationals for violating the spirit of the game by holding up the second Test against West Indies by two hours.At the start of the first Test against a touring South African team last week, Chandimal and his tourist counterpart Faf du Plessis said they wanted a list of do’s and don’ts from the ICC match referee.Although the use of saliva or sweat to shine the ball is an accepted practice, using any other substance — such as sugary residue from sweets — is prohibited.Chandimal was slapped with a 100 percent fine of his match fees and banned from the third Test against the West Indies last month after he was found guilty of tampering.Match referee Javagal Srinath said Chandimal applied saliva containing the residue of something he had in his mouth to the ball, in violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.The ICC last week unveiled tougher sanctions for ball tampering and sledging in a bid to improve on-field behaviour in the sport.The changes came in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March that saw Steve Smith stripped of the Australian captaincy and suspended from international and domestic cricket for a year. His teammates David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were also banned.Du Plessis said tougher sanctions would make players think twice before putting something in their mouth and then using saliva to shine the ball. last_img read more

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  • Tennis News Ashleigh Barty – Australia tennis star’s love for sport rekindled due to cricket

    first_img New Delhi: Ashleigh Barty is currently creating waves in the Australian Open 2019, reaching the quarterfinal with a 4-6,6-1,6-4 win over Maria Sharapova to become the first Australian woman since Jelena Dokic to make the Australian Open quarterfinal. After missing out on previous attempts to reach the main draw of the Australian Open, she has now become the new tennis sensation of the country. But, did you know that she had quit the sport in 2015/16? Did you also know that her love for tennis was rekindled by a stint with another sport, namely cricket? This is a true story of a youngster rediscovering her love for tennis thanks to a stint in cricket.When one searches Ashleigh Barty on ESPNCricinfo, there is a profile page dedicated to her about her exploits on the cricket field. After a poor show in singles but a mixed performance in doubles tennis, Barty quit the sport and began a stint on the cricket field. At that time, she was jaded with the constant travel and loneliness of being on tour, as well as the pressure from Australian fans desperate for Grand Slam success and the youngster decided tennis was not for her. She retired and in 2014 made the stunning announcement that she would instead play professional cricket in Brisbane, preferring a team sport over tennis’ gladiatorial ethos. Ashleigh Barty quit tennis in the 2015/16 seasonBarty played for Brisbane Heat in Women’s Big Bash LeagueBarty is 1st Aus tennis player since Jelena Dokic to enter last eight In the 2015/16 season, Cricket Australia created a revolution by creating the Women’s Big Bash League and Barty was signed as one of the players in the Brisbane Heat franchise. Barty impressed on debut against Melbourne Stars with 39 off 27 balls but Brisbane Heat lost the game by 20 runs. She played in seven games but managed a double-digit score only one more time.”There’s never a lonesome moment on the field if you’re struggling,” she said at the time. “There’s 10 other girls that can help you out and get you through the tough times.” She eventually returned to tennis but credits her brief foray at the cricket crease with rekindling her love for the sport that has now made her a household name in Australia.  “I needed to take that time away. For me, having that 18 months off was vital. I feel like I came back a better person on and off the court, a better tennis player,” Barty said after beating Sharapova.Barty is not the only Australian athlete who has played multiple sports. Ellyse Perry, considered to be one of the greatest woman cricketers not only in Australia but around the world, also played soccer for the Australia women’s team, the Matildas, in the World Cup. Alyssa Healy, Australia’s wicketkeeper, also plays hockey while Meg Lanning also has played junior hockey for Australia.One hopes that Ashleigh Barty creates success in the Australia Open. After all, one can say that cricket produced another champion, albeit in another sport. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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  • ICC World Cup No homecoming ceremony for New Zealand?

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Wellington : New Zealand Cricket Tuesday said an immediate homecoming ceremony for the national team has been put on hold due to players arriving in batches at different times. Blackcaps came agonisingly close to winning a maiden World Cup before England were crowned champions on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes to New Zealand’s 17 after both the regulation 50 overs and the super over of an epic final ended in ties.”We’ve been in conversations with the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Grant Robertson, and are mindful of the Prime Minister’s (Jacinda Ardern) enthusiasm for a welcome-home celebration,” NZC chief executive David White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.”At the moment, however, with some players arriving back at different times, some not arriving back at all, and others having alternative playing commitments, it’s just not practical,” he added.White acknowledged the calls from New Zealand public for a grand welcome ceremony befitting the team’s lion-hearted performance in the showpiece.”Hopefully, given the interest surrounding this, we can organise something appropriate in the weeks to come.”Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator. In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes, who kept the hosts in the game with a brilliant 84 off 98 balls, and Jos Buttler made 15. New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count. New Zeland finished 2019 World Cup as runner ups. Kane Williamson was awarded as player of the tournament. England won 2019 World Cup. center_img highlightslast_img read more

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  • Cricket News Australia win first Ashes Test against England by 251 runs

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Australia beat England by 251 runs to win the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Monday. England, set a target of 398 to win, collapsed to 146 all out on the last day, with Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon taking 6-49 and fast bowler Pat Cummins 4-32.Victory gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. On Sunday, Steve Smith made a remarkable comeback to Test cricket after being out of the international side for 15 months due to the one-year ban due to the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town as he smashed a century in both innings of the Ashes Test against England in Edgbaston on Sunday. Smith had arrived at the crease with Australia having their backs to the wall on the opening day of the Ashes contest against England. The top order was blown away by Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad and they were left reeling at 122/8. The partisan crowd at Edgbaston was booing and jeering the Australian players, mostly David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft. However, Smith, playing in his first Test since the infamous ball-tampering scandal, produced a knock for the ages and smashed his 24th century and ninth against England as Australia were rescued to 284 all out at the end of day one. Smith shared an 88-run stand with Peter Siddle for the ninth wicket and a stand of 74 with Nathan Lyon for the final wicket. Speaking after scoring his century in the first innings, Smith had said he did not believe he would play cricket again during the 15 months he was away from the game. “There were times throughout the last 15 months where I didn’t know if I was ever going to play cricket again. I lost a bit of love for it at one point, particularly when I had my elbow operation. It was really bizarre that it was the day I got the brace off my elbow, I found a love for it again. I don’t know what it was, it was like a trigger that just said ‘right I’m ready to go again, I want to play and I want to go out and play for Australia and make people proud and just do what I love doing’,” Smith said.This was Smith’s 10th ton against England and he matched Waugh’s feat as well, who hit 10 centuries against England. While Waugh took 46 Tests to score 10 hundreds, Smith achieved the feat in just his 24th Test against England. Smith is the eighth player to hit 10 or more centuries against a single opposition in Tests. Sir Don Bradman holds the record for the most centuries against a single opposition, with 19 against England in 37 Tests.  last_img read more

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  • Update on the latest in sports:

    first_imgBlues look for eight straight winUNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have a seven-game winning streak, and they hope to extend that streak tonight against the Rangers in New York. The Blues have outscored opponents 26-12 during the seven straight wins.The Pittsburgh Penguins hope to snap their longest losing streak since 2012 — a six-game skid — when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight. Sidney Crosby has just one goal, and no assists, during those six games.The Boston Bruins carry the NHL’s best record to Tampa Bay to meet the Lightning, who sit just four points back. The Lightning snapped a season-high four-game losing streak over the weekend.The NHL’s highest-scoring team, the Edmonton Oilers, continue a three-game road swing in Dallas. Edmonton is 27-6-and-2 in games in which it scores first. March 3, 2020 Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Olympic minister says the contract to hold the Tokyo Games only specifies the event has to be held during 2020.Seiko Hashimoto’s response to a question in the upper house of parliament implies the Olympics could be held later in the year and would not have to start on July 24.Hashimoto told parliament “the IOC has the right to cancel the games only if they are not held during 2020.” She says “this can be interpreted to mean the games can be postponed as long as they are held during the calendar year.”IOC officials and Tokyo organizers have repeatedly said they expect the Olympics to open on schedule. The Lakers tonight host the 76ers, who were the latest to fall to the Clippers.The New Orleans Pelicans, who lost to the Lakers on Sunday despite a 35-point game from Zion Williamson, return home to what appears to be an easier task, hosting the 17-and-42 Minnesota Timberwolves.The Boston Celtics, sitting a half-game behind Toronto in the Atlantic Division, are at home against the Brooklyn Nets, who’ve lost four in a row.In other NBA action, the San Antonio Spurs are at Charlotte, the Warriors visit the Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns host Toronto, and the Washington Wizards meet the Kings in Sacramento. The Kings have won five straight at home.NHL-SCHEDULE After seeing an eight-game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night, the Vegas Golden Knights hope to get back in the win column as they host the New Jersey Devils. It wraps up a four-game homestand for Vegas.In other NHL action, the Canadiens visit the New York Islanders, Nashville is at Minnesota, the Sabres skate at Winnipeg, the Blackhawks host Anaheim, and it’s Toronto at San Jose.TOKYO GAMES-FLAMELighting will take place as scheduledATHENS, Greece (AP) — Next week’s flame-lighting ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in Greece despite concerns about the virus outbreak. Update on the latest in sports: The Greek Olympic committee says it is working closely with national health authorities and will hold meetings to re-evaluate the situation every two days. The committee also says the Greek leg of the torch relay will go ahead.Greece has recorded seven cases of the virus. All of them are linked with people who traveled from Italy.The Olympic flame is ceremonially lit months in advance of the games at the birthplace of the ancient Olympics in southern Greece.TOKYO GAMES-POSTPONEMENT?Japan Olympic minister says games could be held any time in 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEClippers look for fifth straightUNDATED — The Los Angeles Clippers take their four-game winning streak to Oklahoma City tonight to meet the Thunder. It’s the first of four road games for the Clippers. They remain five and a-half games behind the Lakers in the Pacific Division.last_img read more

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  • The Latest: UEFA postpones Champions League matches

    first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: UEFA postpones Champions League matches March 13, 2020 10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:15 a.m.center_img Associated Press UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m. Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus. Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___last_img read more

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  • The Latest: Copa America postponed until next year

    first_imgHertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina. In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10. The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___10 a.m. The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled. Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___2:15 p.m. 10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.” ___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed. 1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___ The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.center_img March 17, 2020 1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. 1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___ The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___ The Latest: Copa America postponed until next year ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April. The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year. Associated Press China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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  • Automobile Power Products announces fan incentives for STAG Elite League lucky patrons

    first_imgAUTOMOBILE Power Products will give a JIALING 250cc motorcycle to a lucky patron of the second half of the STAG Elite League (Season 2) together with jerseys and hats for others.This announcement was made by the company’s Marketing Manager, Romel Richmond, at a press presentation held yesterday at its headquarters.“This powerhouse (motorcycle) was superbly built with inverted shocks which offer that support and proper stabilisation, and aluminum rims which make the bike altogether a quality product. Additionally, with its 250cc engine, that lucky winner will be sure to get to their destination on time.”Richmond also stated that Automobile Power Products will cover the cost of registration, fitness, road licence, number plate, helmet and the first service of the motorcycle.Two lucky fans will also win jerseys and hats at every game. “At every half-time interval, we’ll have a trivia segment when we’ll be giving away caps and jerseys … we want you to feel appreciated for your support and we want to offer you something that you’ll use and find beneficial for your everyday usage.”HOW TO PARTICIPATE:Attend any game and keep your ticket stubRULES:1. All contestants must be 18 years and older2. Chosen participants must be present at the final match for the motorcycle draw3. Member Associations, representatives of participating teams/clubs, employees and relatives of staff of both GFF and Automobile Power Products are not eligible to participate4. Automobile Power Products and GFF reserve the right to publish the winners of all incentivesThe second half of the League will commence on March 19.last_img read more

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  • Guyana drawn in Group ‘A’ of FIBA Centrobasket U-17 Championship

    first_imgFOLLOWING the draw for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Centrobasket U-17 Championship, Guyana was placed in Group ‘A’ with Mexico, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico.The host nation (Dominican Republic), Jamaica, Panama and the Virgin Islands will make up the teams in Group B.The Centrobasket U-17 Championship will be played in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from July 26 to 30 and will feature the participation of the National Teams from Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.The competition system of the tournament consists of two phases. In the Group Phase, the eight participating teams will be divided into two equal groups.Teams will play in round-robin format for three days. The best two teams from each group will advance to the next phase, where the first-place team of Group A will oppose the second-place in Group B and vice versa.The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the ‘gold medal match’, while the losers will play for the bronze of the continental event.The top-three teams from the tournament will qualify to the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship 2018, to be played in St Catharines, Canada, June 11-17, 2018.Guyana qualified for the 2017 FIBA Centrobasket U-18 championship by finishing behind the Bahamas at last year’s Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 tournament which was hosted at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.After a sensational showing, Guyana went down 84-57 to a well-oiled Bahamas team that breezed through the tournament, having entered as clear favourites.Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) president Nigel Hinds recently stated that the ‘Land of Many Waters’ will be well represented at the games, where they will be making their debut.last_img read more

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  • Abdullah Hamid Summer Camp turns 29

    first_img… Former national player/coach vows to continue tradition IT’S considered one of the country’s oldest Basketball summer camps and this year the programme, carried by former national player and coach Abdullah ‘Zico’ Hamid, will be celebrating 29 years of existence. “Well, someone needs to look out for the game and preserve the future of the game for the youths, so even if I have to do it alone, I will.” Hamid told Chronicle Sport yesterday. The programme is held this year under the banner, “Teach them now, not later”. This year, Hamid said he’s catering to approximately 50 players at various ages, but at present, his register stands at 32, adding, “even though ISome of the participants go through their drills at the Mackenzie High School basketball court.say I’m only accepting a certain number, sometimes I end up going way over, because parents will reach out to me and I wouldn’t say no.”Hamid started this year’s programme last weekend and will hold his clinics Monday to Fridays, involving various age groups. Why continue? Hamid was asked. He replied, “Somebody has to do it. When I look around Linden, and the number of players that I would’ve helped to teach the game or either help their game over the years. I often say if I wasn’t there, what would’ve happened to those players? Twenty-nine years is a long time and as long as I have life, I would continue.”Popularly known as ‘Zico’, a nickname given to him because of his love for former Brazilian great Arthur ‘Zico’ Coimbra, Hamid made reference to the Chris Bowman-led Youth Basketball Guyana and his former teammate Lugard Mohan, stating that “they have done a fantastic job with the youths and we need more like them.” “Basketball needs more Chris Bowmans and Lugard Mohans, because if people like we don’t step up, what would happen to the future of basketball in Guyana,” said Hamid. He continued, “There’s no help coming to me for this over the years. It’s just myself and a few very close friends would pitch in and I’m always grateful for their support.”To his credit, Hamid would’ve helped to mould the skills of several of the country’s top players coming out of Linden, thanks to his summer camp. Meanwhile, Hamid said this year, the programme will culminate with a skill challenge and an East versus West contest, allowing the players to showcase their talent to their parents.last_img read more

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