Richards-Ross to take it easy in 2016

first_imgJamaica-born American quarter-miler Sanya Richards-Ross told popular track and field outlet Athletics Weekly that she is looking to pace herself in training ahead of the 2016 season.The four-time Olympic and five-time World Championships gold medal winner had a disappointing season in 2015, after failing to qualify for an individual event for the World Championships in Beijing, China.She was a member of the USA’s silver-medal winning 4x400m relay team, but will no doubt be looking to get an opportunity to defend the 400m title she won almost four years ago at the London Olympic Games at the upcoming instalment in Rio de Janeiro.As a result, the veteran sprinter, going on advice from other experienced campaigners – Kim Collins and Felix Sanchez – is planning to take things a little easier in training, pointing to an overly intense approach in her preparations as a reason for her disappointments this year.”This year I think, I over-trained,” she admitted.”At the beginning of the year, I said, ‘Coach, I want to run faster than 48.7 this year. I want a PR.'”I was doing 1,000 sit-ups a day. I started running with the boys and pushed myself really hard and felt great in practice but flat in races. We couldn’t figure it out,” Richards-Ross looked back.”I don’t think anyone has won four successive relay gold (medals), so that’s what I’m going for in Rio as well as defending my individual title,” said Richards-Ross.last_img read more

Club licencing back! KPL Clubs have till June 30 to comply

first_img0Shares0000The High Court has ruled that the 2017 KPL comprise of 16 teams.Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has set June 30 as the deadline date for Kenyan Premier League clubs to submit their documents for the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.All the 18 clubs competing in the top flight league will be evaluated on five criterias; Administration & Personnel, Club Infrastructure, Finance, Legal, and Sporting. Clubs which will score less than 50% during the licence process will be relegated to a lower division, while those who will score between 50% and 69%, will be issued a provisional licence.Clubs scoring 70% and above will be issued a full licence.FKF boss Nick Mwendwa addresses the press during a media briefing on September 25, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe Club Licensing process will be conducted by an independent body, First Instance Body, comprising of Dr. Edwin Wamukoya, Lilian Nzile, Paul Makumi, Paul Ochieng’, and Peter Karanja.“Clubs are urged to offer their full co-operation to the FIB and uphold a high level of integrity during the licensing process. Members of this body will be bound by a non-disclosure agreement and therefore contents of any documents that they will receive from clubs during this exercise will remain safe, private, and confidential,” KPL said in a statement,.On January 10, 2017, FKF made good of their threat by relegating Thika United, Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka from the Kenyan Premier League over failure to meet the strict club licensing requirements.The three clubs were relegated after failing to meet the financial and legal criteria of the licensing rules set out by world football governing body FIFA and continental body CAF, but appealed the decision within the 14-day window provided.Disappointed Muhoroni Youth players walking out of the field after the match. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAHowever, on March 15, 2017, The Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) overturned the decision by the FKF to relegate Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth from the KPL.The Tribunal termed FKF club licensing manual as defective and that most of the clauses in the manual are not reflective of the CAF and FIFA manual.In 2017 during the introduction of club licensing, Only three KPL clubs – Tusker FC, Ulinzi Stars and Bandari FC complied fully while Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Sony Sugar, Posta Rangers, Western Stima, Mathare United, Nakumatt FC, Nzoia United, Zoo Kericho and Kariobangi Sharks were handed the provisional license.It’s now remains to be seen if the 2018-2019 Club Licensing assessment.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society

first_imgCreeslough woman Patricia (Pat) McCarry has said a big thank you to everyone who helped or donated in any way to her recent Alzheimers Tea Day.Pat has held the fundraiser at her home for the past number of years.And this year the event managed to raise a whopping €2,300 to add to the huge amount she has already raised for the Donegal branch of the society. “Thanks to family, neighbours and friends and everyone for their support,” said Pat.A ‘Pat’ on the back for Creeslough woman after raising €2,300 for Alzheimers Society was last modified: September 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughPat McCarrytea daylast_img read more

Leadership candidate hopes Calgary Pride revisits rejection of new Alberta party

first_imgCALGARY – A leadership candidate for Alberta’s new conservative party says he hopes organizers of the Calgary Pride parade will reconsider and allow the party to participate.Brian Jean, who was Opposition leader in the legislature, said Monday he is disappointed with a decision by organizers on the weekend to reject the United Conservative Party’s request to join the parade. They said the party doesn’t have a clear policy stance on issues such as sexual diversity.Jean said he had asked to march in the parade and has always championed diversity and tolerance.“I have many family members who are gay and I know the community. Frankly I’m just disappointed,” Jean said after outlining his education platform as part of the leadership race.“Possibly they’ll have a change of heart and hopefully they will. This is all about uniting people and putting aside differences and divisiveness.”Jean’s campaign organizers said that while plans are not firm, he is aiming to attend as a spectator.Organizers have invited party members to take a workshop on topics such as sexual health and gender diversity. Calgary Pride president Jason Kingsley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The party says interim leader Nathan Cooper will attend the parade as a spectator and all members of caucus have been invited to join him.“While we are disappointed to not be participating in this year’s parade, we respect the organizing committee’s decision and look forward to showing our support for Calgary’s LGBTQ community as spectators,” said caucus spokeswoman Samantha Johnston in an email.“Plans to attend a course offered by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre are in motion and final scheduling is being confirmed.”Jason Kenney, former federal cabinet minister and leadership candidate for the new party, does not plan to attend.“Mr. Kenney is always happy to attend events to which he is invited,” said campaign spokeswoman Annie Dormuth in a statement. “We have not received an invitation to this event.“On Sept. 3rd, (Kenney) is committed to attending and speaking at several large multicultural community events to which he has been invited.”Fellow leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer said he will come watch the parade with his family and other supporters.“It’s important that all Albertans know that their leaders are there and that they’re supportive of different communities across Alberta,” said Schweitzer, who has made social progressive issues a key plank in his platform.“Obviously we have a lot of work to do to build trust with the LGBTQ community.”Jeff Callaway, who is also running to lead the party, said he had originally planned to march in the parade, but will probably go as a spectator.“Treating people fairly and respectfully is just part of the foundation of our party, as it should be for any political party,” said Callaway.The UCP was created last month after members of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties voted overwhelmingly to join forces. A new leader is to be picked in October. That’s to be followed by a founding convention.Both the PCs and Wildrose had strained relationships with the LGBTQ community.The Wildrose party lost the 2012 general election in part due to its refusal in the campaign’s final days to sanction a candidate who once warned gays to repent or face eternity in hell’s “lake of fire.”The PCs faced a backlash in government over their handling of gay-straight alliances before passing legislation acceptable to all sides in early 2015.By law, students in any school can now form gay-straight alliances if they wish. The alliances are peer support networks designed to help young people better understand each other and to help LGBTQ students feel welcome.Kenney has been criticized for urging that parents, in some circumstances, be told if their children attend a gay-straight alliance. Critics say that could out kids before they are ready and put them at risk of family estrangement or worse.— By Dean Bennett in Edmontonlast_img read more