Miller 'happy' as effort secures win for Jamaica

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Spinner Nikita Miller has labelled his Man of the Match effort as decent after piloting Jamaica Scorpions to a 30-run win over Windward Islands Volcanoes in WICB First-Class Championship action at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Miller claimed an impressive five for 46 for an overall match haul of nine for 113, as the Windwards, set 176 to win, were bowled out for 145.

“It was a decent effort,” he said after the pulsating contest, which ended late on the third day and saw the Windwards capitulate from the position of strength at 126 for four.

“I was asked to do a job by my skipper, which was to maintain discipline, slow down the run rate and pick up wickets.

“That, I was able to do, and for that I am really happy, as we were on the back foot for the most,” he noted.

Jamaica, who made 259 in their first innings, found themselves having to play catch-up after being dismissed for 128 in their second innings. That position could have easily been worse had they not recovered from a disastrous state of 25 for seven.

Having fought their way back into the contest, the Windwards, who were dismissed for 212 in their first innings, found Miller hard to handle once again. Bowling his trademark nagging off-stump line with several variations in flight and pace on a wearing pitch, the 33-year-old was able to induce several false shots, which led to the demise of the visitors.

He was also aided by some spectacular catches, one of which came from fast bowler Jason Dawes. Running around from wide long-off, Dawes leapt high to take a one-handed catch, which caused the dismissal of the dangerous Sunil Ambris next to the boundary rope.

The dislodgement was crucial, as it broke a threatening third-wicket stand of 63 between Ambris, who hit 40, their second-highest score, and opener Devon Smith, who went on to make an innings-high 50.

Miller, with 13 wickets from two matches, four behind leader Shane Shillingford of the Windwards, said he was looking to finish high up on the bowling list.

“I always look to get most wickets in whatever tournament I’m playing,” he said. “However, first of all, my focus is to get wickets for the team and help us win. If I am at the top of the bowling charts after that, then that is also great.”

The Scorpions, who were recording their first win from two matches, are scheduled to depart the country tomorrow for Trinidad and Tobago, against whom they will play their third game in the 10-match round-robin tournament.

Wolmer's launch JC appeal! – Forbes dismisses claims of ineligible player being used by defending champs

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Ian Forbes, team manager of defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), says there is no truth to claims that his school used an ineligible player in their 3-1 quarter-final elimination win over Wolmer’s Boys last Wednesday.

His defence came after the Wolmer’s management launched an appeal to ISSA, which could see them taking JC’s place in the Manning Cup semi-finals.

Wolmer’s claim that JC used an ineligible player in their recent Manning Cup game.

“It’s total rubbish. We are not careless,” Forbes told The Gleaner.

“It’s total BS. It is total rubbish, baseless, without any foundation, and we have not breached any rule or regulations,” Forbes hit back at the Wolmer’s claim.

The teams have been locked in a tussle since Wolmer’s ousted JC from the Walker Cup semis. JC returned to eliminate the Heroes Circle-based school from the Flow Super Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 blanking.

They also sent Wolmer’s packing from the Manning Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 drubbing, but the Maroon and gold are crying foul, claiming JC did so unfairly.

“We launched an appeal. We identified an ineligible player from the game. I am trying not to say much right now, but we launched a protest that a player played against us who shouldn’t have played,” said Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds in a telephone interview yesterday.

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“It’s a red-card situation, and I will leave it at that. We are hoping that ISSA will rule according to the rules they themselves lay down. No animosity thing, but we just strongly feel that JC breached the rule that ISSA has laid down,” added Reynolds.

He stressed that he is confident Wolmer’s will be reinstated, but Forbes disagrees and remains confident his JC team will continue the defence of their Manning Cup title.

“(There has been) absolutely no foul play from us. JC has to check with ISSA before we do anything. We are not gonna make those mistakes; its foolishness,” Forbes said.

Meanwhile, ISSA’s competitions officer, George Forbes, could not be reached for a comment. His cell phone went straight to voicemail after numerous attempts.

– Shayne Fairman

Gold Cup performance was a fluke

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Players look on as Jamaica’s goalkeeper DuWayne Kerr (blue) makes an unsuccessful attempt to stop the ball on its way into the goal, from Armando Cooper’s free kick, during the CONCACAF semi-final round Group B World Cup Qualifying football match at the National Stadium on Friday. Panama won 2-0.

After watching the Reggae Boyz slump to their second consecutive home defeat just three games into the Russia 2018 World Cup campaign in the most pathetic and gutless manner, I am now fully convinced that the much-celebrated performance in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – where they went all the way to the final – was nothing but a fluke.

I thought it was, even as it unfolded, but I never said it. I make no apologies saying now that the Gold Cup run was a flash in the pan display that could well turn out to be “a curse in disguise” and might well turn out to be the worst thing to happen to this team, and indeed, the entire football programme.

For the record, the word fluke as defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary means ‘AN UNLIKELY CHANCE OCCURRENCE, ESPECIALLY A STROKE OF LUCK’.

There can be no clearer, more concise word used to contextualise the Gold Cup performances as they relate to the way the team is playing now, and the results it is getting.

I remember during that surprise Gold Cup run the debate erupted as to whether this team of 2015 is a better team than the 1998 World Cup Qualifying team, with the core argument emerging from the euphoria being that there are more players in this current team playing a higher level of football, including in the English Premier League, with the vast majority of them being overseas-based professionals.

I remember responding then that the 1998 group was far better as a functional team, with more individual match winners and more on-field leaders and that the 1998 team was more consistent over a longer period when compared to the current “collection of players”.

Regardless of what happens from here, any person who makes that comparison again should be committed forthwith to a mental institution.

Yet another dispute over contracts and payment on the eve of the Panama game obviously never helped the cause, but more important, it points to the headspace of the individuals in this team and again brings into focus the questionable commitment of this group.

To be soundly outplayed and beaten and tactically outfoxed in front of the home fans in and of itself is bad. But even more, the cardinal sin was to be outhustled and outmuscled by a Panama team playing with more heart, hunger, and tenacity is unforgivable.

The Jamaican players generally looked disgracefully lethargic and uninterested in representing the country. I was indeed surprised that there wasn’t more booing of the team at the stadium on Friday night. Not only was the underperformance deserving of boos, I think it was a lost opportunity to send a clear message to this group that Jamaica deserves better than they are giving.

Issues of tactical manoeuvring and team selection aside, the general LACK OF EFFORT on the part of the majority of the players is a clear sign that this team is going nowhere – and fast.

Inevitably, the question must be asked again in a very serious way, are we pursuing the right philosophy in scampering off to England to coax more and more second-rate foreign-born players who know just as much about Jamaica as we know about their commitment to the Jamaican cause?

Is the right BALANCE being struck between the pursuance of these foreign-born players and the development and systematic incorporation of more Jamaica-born players with the desired heart, passion, fire, and commitment to represent Jamaica?

Those who have eyes to see, let them see!

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Boyz will bounce back – Austi•

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Admitting that last Friday’s 2-0 loss to Panama was due to a flat performance by his team, Reggae Boyz captain Rodolph Austin says he will be looking to lead from the front and lift his team to a better result against Haiti today.

The Jamaicans will today face the Haitians in their second game of the semi-final round of the CONCACAF FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

“We came out flat, and everyone knows we didn’t play good tonight (Friday), and we have to take the responsibility for it as a team. We didn’t start the game well, and we conceded two soft goals. We just have to bounce back and focus, and look ahead to Haiti’s game; that’s the plan,” Austin said at Friday night’s post-game press conference.

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“Everyone will take responsibility and move forward,” he added, while noting there is no discontent in the camp.

“It is a good set of guys playing; we go out there and represent Jamaica fully well. Everyone wants to play well, everyone wants to do good. Sometimes it goes bad, and we will take responsibility and improve,” he added.

The Jamaicans’ loss has put them under increased pressure to win away to the Haitians as Panama cruised to the top with three points in Group B, while Costa Rica, who beat Haiti 1-0, also raced to three points.

“Definitely, we will be looking to bounce back. We have done this before. Everyone put in the right effort,” Austin said. “We are a group; we win together and lose together. We are gonna talk about this, and we are gonna work and give it our all to turn it around and get three points against Haiti.”

“Everyone knows what we have to do, and whoever goes on the pitch has a responsibility of doing their best to winning the game, with the coaching staff. We win together, and we lose together. we just have to keep focusing and working hard so we can go to Haiti and change this result,” he said.

Super 'StGC' celebration – Light Blues party over FLOW Cup triumph at Monday morning devotion

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Stephen Miller (right), sponsorship manager, FLOW, hands over the million-dollar cheque and FLOW Super Cup to Margaret Campbell (second left), principal, St George’s College, as members of the team and school celebrate their title success at St George’s College yesterday. St George’s beat Jamaica College 4-0 in the final at the National Stadium on Saturday.
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St George’s College students celebrating the winning of the Flow Super Cup on Saturday, November 14, at St George’s College on Monday, November 16, 2015.
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“StGC, StGC, StGC, StGC … a big side.”

St George’s College’s student body and administrative members bellowed loud and clear as they celebrated their latest trophy acquisition, the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup, inside the institution’s auditorium at devotion yesterday morning.

Their trophy cabinet houses 46 schoolboy football titles, and there was conviction at the latest celebration that they would add more, with the Walker Cup final still to play and also the Manning Cup semi-finals.

FLOW Sponsorship Manager Stephen Miller presented the dazzling FLOW Super Cup and $1,000,000, while lauding their brand of football.

“I am a football lover, and it’s not just the fact that George’s won the Super Cup, it’s how the man them win,” he said.

“We consider the Super Cup the Champions’ League of schoolboy football, and you have a certain thing about championship teams like the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and the Man U’s. They don’t just win, they win and they entertain, and that is what St George’s did. They played the best football in the competition; they entertained the crowd,” Miller told the audience.

St George’s emphatically defeated former champions Jamaica College 4-0 at a packed National Stadium last Saturday.

The school won another major award as its striker, Alex Marshall, won the Golden Boot for his six goals, and will also receive a scholarship grant of $100,000 from FLOW.

Marshall, clearly not the biggest talker, except with the ball at his feet, said: “On behalf of the Manning Cup team, we would like to thank you all for your support. We really appreciate it. Thank you. Love you very much.”

He was accompanied by his proud mother.

St George’s Old Boys’ Association representative Michael Chai said: “I firmly believe that we will be coming here another morning with a different trophy on the podium. I want to thank all those who helped to make this a reality.

“The coaching staff, the sponsors who chipped in, whether with cash or kind, on behalf of the old boys, thanks again for making this a reality,” he underlined.

Principal Margaret Campbell expressed gratitude.

“We just want to say we are proud of you, and thank you so much for all that you continue to do for us,” she said.

Inspirational captain Shevon Stewart stressed: “We will continue to work hard to make St George’s the best team in 2015 and beyond. Greater things are still left to come under the guidance of our coach, Neville Bell.”

The muscular system

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Successful sporting action depends on our muscles working together to produce skillful movement. The muscles used depend on the activity or the phases of activity. Muscles work by shortening or contracting.

The muscles that move your bones when an activity is performed are the voluntary muscles. A voluntary muscle usually works across a joint. It is attached to both bones by tendons. The fibres of the tendons are embedded in the periosteum of the bone. This anchors the tendon and spreads the force of contraction. All muscles contract and develop tension. They work in pairs or groups because a muscle can only pull, it can’t push. For example, the biceps and triceps work together.

To bend the arm, the biceps contract, the triceps relax. To straighten it, the triceps contract, the bicep relaxes. This is called antagonistic muscle action.

The other main pair that works together are the quadriceps and hamstrings. The muscle that contract or shortens is called the prime mover or agonist. The relaxing muscle is the antagonist.

There are other muscles called synergists that contracts at the same time as the agonist to help them work smoothly.

Origin and insertion

The origin of a muscle is where the muscle joins the stationary bone. The insertion is where it joins the moving bone. When a muscle contracts, the insertion moves towards the origin.

Muscle and their

main actions

1. Deltoids (three muscles) – Raise your arm forward, backward, and sideways at the shoulder.

2. Biceps – Bend your arm at the elbow.

3. Abdominals (four muscles) – Pull in the abdomen. Flex the spine so you can bend forward.

4. Quadriceps (four muscles) – Straighten the leg at the knee. Keep it straight when you stand.

5. Pectorals (two muscles) – Raises your arm at the shoulder. Draw it across your chest.

6. Latissimus Dorsi (lats) – Pull your arm down at the shoulder. Draw it behind your back.

7. Trapezius – Holds and rotates your shoulders. Moves your head back and sideways.

8. Triceps – Straighten your arm at the elbow joint.

9. Gluteals (three muscles) – Pull your leg back at the hip. Raise it sideways at the hip. Gluteus maximus is the biggest of these muscles.

10. Hamstrings (three muscles) – Bend your leg at knee.

11. Gastrocnemius – Straightens the ankle joint so you can stand on your tip toes.

Types of muscle action

The type of resistance the muscle meet, determines the type of muscle action. There are two types of muscle action:

1. Concentric

2. Eccentric

Concentric muscle action

These are the most common type of contraction. The muscle actually shortens in length as it develops tension. There are two ways in which this happens.

n Isotonic action – the muscle shortens or contracts freely, eg. the biceps contract when curling a weight.

n Isometric action – the muscle shortens or contracts only a little before it is stopped from contracting further by an immovable resistance, e.g. trying to lift a weight you cannot move.

Eccentric muscle action

This occurs when the muscle is trying to contract while it is actually being lengthened by stretching, e.g. the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh when going downhill.

Types of muscles

There are three types of muscles in the body: voluntary, involuntary, and cardiac.

Voluntary muscles are attached to bones. They work when you want them to. Voluntary muscles are also called skeletal muscles or striped muscles.

Involuntary muscles are found in the walls of the internal organs – stomach, gut, bladder and blood vessels. They work on their own. Contractions in the walls of the blood vessels help to keep blood flowing.

Cardiac muscle is a special involuntary muscle that forms the wall of the heart. It works non-stop. Each contraction is a heartbeat.

Muscle fibres

Muscles are made up of cells called muscle fibre. There are two different types of fibres: slow twitch and fast twitch.

Slow-twitch fibres contract slowly, without much force, but do not tire easily and are suited for endurance activities.

Fast-twitch fibres contract much faster and with much more force, but tire quickly, They are suited to activities that need bursts of strength and power such as sprinting and weightlifting.

MUSCLE TONE

The state of partial contraction of muscles is called muscle tone. Groups of fibres take turns to contract so that muscles don’t get too tired. Even when you are standing still, muscles are partly contracted. Muscle tone is important in maintaining the posture of the body and keeps the body ready for action.

Boyz desperate for victory

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Jamaica's Adrian Mariappa (centre) breaks away from Panama's Anibal Godoy of Panama during the CONCACAF Semi-final round Group B World Cup Qualifying football match at the National Stadium on Friday. Panama won 2-0.

JAMAICA’S REGGAE BOYZ and the team they will tackle today, Haiti, are under pressure to rebound with a victory, when they clash in their second Group B match of the CONCACAF Semi-final World Cup Qualifying competition in Port-au-Prince, beginning at 6 p.m.

Both countries lost their opening match when the qualifiers got under way on Friday, Haiti 0-1 in Costa Rica and Jamaica worse off through the 0-2 margin of defeat, and the fact that it was their home fixture, which they surrendered at the National Stadium to Panama.

Only two will qualify from this round-robin phase of six matches, three at home and three away, and by virtue of Friday’s results, Panama and Costa Rica lead jointly with three points, while Jamaica and Haiti are yet to get off the mark.

“… Going to Haiti, we know that it’s a must-win,” said assistant coach Miguel Coley who led the team in the absence of head coach Winfried Sch‰fer last Friday. “It’s a tough group, and we have to do good and win.”

Sch‰fer will return to the bench, having served a one-match FIFA ban owing to a verbal spat with match officials after the 2-0 win in Nicaragua, and his strong and measured guidance will be necessary.

His players must improve big time on Friday’s non-performance if they are to win. They were very stagnant in the first half and could not build offensives from the back to get the ball to the forwards for practically the entire 45 minutes. Thus, Darren Mattocks, the team’s number-one striker, who had scored four goals in the previous four matches, and his striker partner, Giles Barnes, were starved.

Mattocks actually got the ball in the net once, only to be flagged for offside. Given his excellent form, it was surprising that he was the first player substituted by the Jamaica coaching staff, early in the second half.

Another big surprise was the non-selection of Simon Dawkins, who scored a last-minute goal against Nicaragua to save Jamaica from WCQ elimination in the last round.

Dawkins has been playing as a starting player or first-change for every match at the prep tournaments for the WCQ – Copa America and the CONCACAF Gold Cup – and even before. Additionally, he is one of the best link-up players in the Jamaica squad, apart from Joel Grant, whose talent has not been rewarded with playing time and even selection for these first two WCQs.

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Two players who haven’t been part of the Jamaica squad, Dever Orgill for years, and Clayton Donaldson for the first time ever, were among three substitutes used. The other was defender Alvas Powell, in an attacking role.

Dawkins reportedly left the Jamaica squad ahead of the squad game and headed back to his club in Britain.

Haiti is almost on a similar playing level as Panama. The big difference is their finishing, as the French-speaking Caribbean country’s players are not good at scoring. But they are very skilful, full of running and combination plays and will prove to be a handful for Jamaica, especially as they are playing at home and also desperate.

Jamaica must show some fight, which was lacking on Friday night, and defend well if they are to win this tough game.

It has also been reported that captain Rodolph Austin and Barnes will not play on the artificial surface in Port-au-Prince as a medical precaution, given their knee issues, making the task that much more difficult for the Jamaicans.

The goalkeeper has a role to play, too. Duwayne Kerr was at fault for one Panama goal. Andre Blake and Ryan Thompson are at hand.

Djokovic stretches ATP finals winning streak

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the ATP World Tour No.1 trophy during a ceremony after defeating Japan’s Kei Nishikori at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London, England, yesterday. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-1.

LONDON (AP):

Right now, Novak Djokovic is about as good as it gets on a tennis court.

The top-ranked Serb put on an impressive display against Kei Nishikori at the ATP finals yesterday, stretching his winning streak to 15 matches at the season-ending tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the O2 Arena.

“I think I was at my best,” said Djokovic, who has won the last three titles at the ATP finals, and four overall. “Undoubtedly, it’s been an incredible performance that I was hoping I can have coming into the match, coming into this tournament.”

Djokovic lost only nine points on his serve and never faced a break point. With Nishikori serving, Djokovic won 30 of the 53 points played.

Before the match, the ATP held a minute’s silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday’s attacks on the Stade de France, a concert hall and Paris cafÈs that left 129 people dead and more than 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously.

In the late match, Roger Federer beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2.

Federer, a six-time champion who is playing at the season-ending tournament for the 14th straight year, got off to a slow start, winning only one of the first nine points to fall behind 2-0. But he quickly turned things around and ended up with a pair of breaks in each set and another win in London.

Federer will face Djokovic tomorrow, while Berdych plays Nishikori.

Djokovic has not lost at the season-ending tournament at the O2 Arena since 2011, when Janko Tipsarevic beat him in the round-robin stage. Besides his run at the ATP finals, Djokovic has won 38 straight matches indoors, a streak stretching back to 2012.

 

UNBELIEVABLE TENNIS

 

Nishikori, making his second appearance at the tournament for the top-eight players in the world, found out just how good Djokovic is right now.

“I think my serve was the key. Both sets, I lost my first-service game,” said Nishikori, who beat Djokovic in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. “I mean, he also played unbelievable tennis. Very ashamed with this score.”

Maybe he shouldn’t be, though.

Djokovic is having the best season of his career. He reached the final at all four Grand Slam tournaments, winning three of them. His only loss in a major this year came in the French Open final, when Stan Wawrinka beat him in four sets.

And another title in London next Sunday will make Djokovic the first player to win four straight at the season-ending tournament.

Miller magic – Spinner leads Scorpions to win over Volcanoes

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Jamaica Scorpions, on the back of a Man-of-the-Match bowling performance from spinner Nikita Miller, registered a close 30-run win over Windward Islands Volcanoes inside three days of their WICB First-Class Championship clash at Sabina Park yesterday.

The ever-reliable Miller, who claimed four for 67 in the first innings, returned on the third day to take five for 46 in the second, as the Windwards set a modest victory target of 175, and were bowled out for 145.

The victory, however, was not smooth, as after resuming the day on five without loss, Jamaica had to rally from 25 for seven, before being dismissed for 128 in their second innings.

This was to go with 259 made in their first innings to which the Volcanoes had responded with 212.

“It was a good team effort, and hats off to the bowlers, they got the job done for us,” surmised Paul Palmer, captain of Jamaica.

“We were in a spot, and thanks to Miller and John Campbell, and the others, we were able to stick to the task.”

Starting the day with a lead of 52 runs, the Scorpions were put on the back foot from early with the score on eight for two, following the dismissal of overnight batsmen Palmer and Campbell, who made three and five, respectively.

Campbell, who was caught behind off the bowling of off-spinner Shane Shillingford, was the first to go after adding three to his overnight two, while Palmer, in the very next over, was caught at slip off the bowling of fast bowler Mervin Matthew with no addition to his overnight score.

It was a shaky beginning, which eventually had a ripple effect on the rest of the top-order batsman, who, too, struggled against the bustling Matthew, and the clever Shillingford.

First innings topscorer Andre McCarty, went for two; Kirk Edwards, caught in the slips for five; and Brandon King, also caught at bat pad for four, all came and went in quick succession to leave the score on 19 for five.

 

EXPERIENCED DUO

 

This then brought the experienced duo of wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr and all-rounder David Bernard Jr to the crease, however, not even they could stop the slide.

Bernard Jr, with the score on 22, played outside his off stump, and was caught behind for one off Matthew and three runs later, Baugh Jr was dismissed in a similar manner for four.

Thanks to a 76-run eight-wicket stand between Miller and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, however, the lower order was able to put up resistance, which gave Jamaica a fighting total to bowl at.

Calling up on his years of experience at the first-class level, Miller chose his shot selections wisely and ended up making 39, while Jacobs hit a top score of 40.

Matthew ended with five for 31, while Shillingford, who entered the match with 11 wickets, claimed five for 57 to move his tournament leading tally to 17 wickets.

Miller, however, who opened the bowling, ensured that Jamaica had the last laugh with only three Windwards batsmen going pass double figures in the runs chance.

They were opener Devon Smith, 50; wicketkeeper-batsman Sunil Ambris, 40; and Dalton Polius, 26.

Part-time off-spinner Campbell took two for 15.

“We really only have ourselves to blame for the defeat,” expressed Windwards captain, Liam Sebastien.

“At 25 for seven, we dropped too many catches with Jacobs, I believe getting about four chances.”

“However, having said that, we were asked to get 175, which was a comfortable position, and we let it slip.”

Russia can only return if compliant – Bach

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LONDON, England (AP):

Russia’s track and field athletes will be eligible for the Olympics only if the country falls in line with all global anti-doping rules and the reforms are verifiable, IOC President Thomas Bach said yesterday in an interview with The Associated Press.

“The important goal is not bringing them back,” Bach said. “The goal has to be Russia being compliant again with all the international anti-doping regulations. That is the important thing, so that we have an even playing field for all the athletes.”

Russia’s athletics federation was provisionally suspended by the IAAF on Friday, just days after the country was accused of operating an extensive state-backed doping programme in a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent panel.

The sanction means that Russia’s track and field athletes – including pole vault star and two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva – are banned indefinitely from all international competition, a punishment that could cover the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Bach said the Russians will need to move swiftly to deliver on reforms that would clear them in time to qualify to compete in the Rio Games, which open on August 5.

“The situation is compliance,” he said by telephone from Lausanne, Switzerland. “If the Russian athletics federation is not compliant and the athletes cannot take part in any kind of qualifications, then the situation is clear. If you cannot qualify, you cannot participate in the Games.”

Bach and the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, reached an agreement on a road map for Russia to follow to become compliant with rules of the IAAF and WADA. No time frame was set.

“Russia must be very interested to have this done as soon as possible,” Bach said. “They have to act swiftly because this concerns the credibility of all the efforts.”

Zhukov promised to oversee an overhaul of Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency and national drug-testing lab, all of which were implicated in the damning report issued recently by the WADA panel.

ACCOUNTABILITY and SANCTIONS

“This is, first of all, to make sure that all the implicated officials, coaches, doctors and so on, will be held responsible and sanctioned,” Bach said. “Second, there will be a complete renewal and reform of the national athletics federation, and third, that all the doped athletes will be punished and the clean athletes will be protected.”

In addition, Russia’s anti-doping lab, which has been stripped of its accreditation by WADA – and the anti-doping agency, declared non-compliant by a WADA committee – must become compliant again.

“This compliance is the condition to take part in the Olympic Games,” Bach said. “This compliance requires verification.”

Bach said it will fall to the IAAF and WADA to rule whether the Russians are compliant. Only then would Olympic entries be accepted by the IOC.

Russia’s athletics federation said yesterday it is setting up committees to investigate the doping allegations and prepare a reform package as part of what acting federation president Vadim Zelichenok called an “anti-crisis plan”.

The move comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the sports ministry to conduct an internal investigation.