IPL’s juggling act – Balancing Champs with Reggae Boyz match in mind

first_imgWith just a few days separating the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Champion-ships now under way at the National Stadium and Jamaica’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at the same venue, Independence Park Limited (IPL) has taken several steps to ensure that the wear on the surface is limited. IPL General Manager Major Desmon Brown told The Gleaner that every effort is being made to limit the effect that the five-day high school track and field championships will have on the infield area, with the hope of ensuring the surface remains in pristine condition with the Reggae Boyz March 25 qualifier in mind. “What we hope to do, and we will try as best as possible, is to limit any damage to the infield area during Champs of course,” said Brown. “At the same time, we don’t want to kill the spirit for Champs, but it’s also important to do our best to preserve the surface as best as we can ahead of the World Cup qualifier.” Adjustments include the repositioning of electronic advertising boards to the cycle track in front of the bleachers section – from their customary spot at the edge of the infield area – and the addition of protective mats in the shot put vector. “Basically, events like the javelin and discus don’t do too much damage to the surface itself, but for shot put, we have put in the protective turf because that can really create some problems,” Brown added. Officials will also be limiting movement across the infield and have erected protective bordering to help where this is concerned. Brown did, however, admit that they may find it difficult to enforce this restriction at the end of the championships when the winners are announced. “If it’s a one-off thing like what we see from time to time at the end of Champs when winners are announced, it wont have too much of an effect,” he reasoned. The ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships will come to an end on Saturday night Calabar High and Edwin Allen High are defending their respective boys’ and girls’ titles. Meanwhile, the Reggae Boyz will be looking to improve on their three points secured to date in their CONCACAF semi-final round World Cup qualifying campaign against Costa Rica on March 25.last_img read more

Mourinho concedes title to Man CIty

first_imgManchester United ‘We have to finish second’ – Mourinho concedes title to Man City Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 21:40 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Jose Mourinho Getty Images Manchester United José Mourinho Manchester City Premier League Manchester United sit 15 points behind the Blues and the Portuguese has given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side Jose Mourinho has admitted that Manchester United cannot win the Premier League title, insisting that they must now focus on finishing second.Manchester City currently lead the Premier League by 15 points, with 13 games of the season remaining.City have lost just once in 2017-18 – to Liverpool – and have drawn just twice, while United have suffered four defeats and recorded five draws. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player United face Huddersfield Town this weekend, while City take on Burnley, but Mourinho has now given up hope of overhauling Pep Guardiola’s side.”We need points to be the first of the last,” he told reporters.”We have to try to finish second, we are in this position all season, we were first for a few weeks and then we were always second.”The fight is open for second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”Indeed, United have only a three-point lead over both Liverpool and Chelsea, in third and fourth, and are just five ahead of fifth-placed Tottenham.However, Mourinho says United have improved since the end of last season, and maintains that they are focused on silverware.”We’re doing better than last season and it’s very important for us to do better than last season,” he added.”We are trying to win something this season, and if not, we will try to be stronger for next season.”last_img read more