Felipe Monteiro celebrates the second purpose of Atlético. Picture: EFE It was not on the first event, even with the first minute nonetheless fulfilled, when neither Correa nor Joao Felix nor Saul found the purpose in three consecutive photographs in the space, however in the second, on the edge of the quarter hour. A nice purpose. From the left and Thomas’s excessive and deep cargo to the proper nook, to the heart of Trippier’s first and to the end, first too, of Correa.Six months in the past, in summer time, the Argentine attacker was on the membership’s checklist of departures. Now, it’s a elementary asset in Atlético’s response. Of the final 5 objectives of his staff, he has scored two and has given two others. It was the finest of the Madrid staff, amongst the intranscendence this Saturday of Joao Felix.Emotion till the end The 1-Zero was not definitive, like so many different occasions. I want extra. He checked it instantly, virtually to the subsequent play, with 1-1 of Levante. His standing ball talent is sort of incontestable. Marketing campaign confirmed it, as an assistant in a midfield foul, and Roger, as a scorer with a volley inside the small space that allied with Morata’s involuntary contact to beat Oblak.There was some defensive dismissal, but in addition a posh execution that appeared so easy as a result of of the potential of the two protagonists. Solely two touches for 1-1. And solely two extra minutes for 2-1. As a result of Atlético answered shortly and with the air energy, additionally offensive, of the Brazilian Felipe. 2-1. 18 minute.The rojiblanco staff nonetheless maintains that predisposition to take a step again when the rating dominates. Round there, Levante grew, there it felt farther away from Atlético’s third purpose, on the market the recreation misplaced its attraction and there have been two extra alternatives at the break: a shot by Rochina and one other shot by Correa.And there, additionally in the second half, the assembly moved in an uncertainty, at occasions uncertainty, which neither consolidates the winner nor blurs the partial loser; on this case the Levante, which included Morales in the subject at the break, who by no means gave up and insisted on the match with extra intentions than events.Till he demanded the intervention of Jan Oblak, in the 83rd minute and in the 93rd, with two incontestable photographs, much less for the sensational response of the Slovenian goalkeeper, who retained the triumph of Atlético, reaffirmed at the stroke of outcomes, the important at present .– Knowledge sheet:2 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Giménez, Lodi (Vitolo, m.62); Correa, Herrera, Thomas, Saul; Joao Félix (Germán Valera, m.87) and Morata.1 – Raise: Aitor; Coke, Shutter, Tobacco, Toño; Rochina (Hernani, m.72), Radoja (Vukcevic, m.85), Marketing campaign, Bardhi; Borja Mayoral (Morales, m.46) and Roger.Objectives: 1-0, m.14: Strap. 1-1, m.16: Roger. 2-1, m.18: Felipe.Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea (C. Vasco). He warned the guests Rochina (m. 43) and Cabaco (m. 52).Incidents: match corresponding to the nineteenth day of LaLiga Santander, performed at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier than 59,084 spectators. 01/04/2020 – 20:33 The Slovenian saved his staff with a miraculous stretch seconds awayMinutes earlier than, the goalkeeper cleared one other very harmful shot from BardhiThe rojiblanco staff will get its third victory in a row Atlético de Madrid reaffirmed its response to Levante, which it overwhelmed with objectives by Argentine Angel Correa and Brazilian Felipe Monteiro, however particularly with a closing stop by Jan Oblak, to return to the League podium, insist on his persecution of the Barcelona and Actual Madrid and maintain its evolution.Ready for extra conclusive variations and main challenges, the first one subsequent week at the Spanish Tremendous Cup in Saudi Arabia, was a sensible victory at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, with which he beat Sevilla in the rating by finest purpose distinction and with which he doesn’t lose sight of both Madrid or Barcelona.In the meantime, Atlético continues with its restoration. The outcomes – 4 victories in a row, three in the League – are an irrefutable check. It’s his finest streak of the course. Additionally its emergence once more on the podium of the classification, a pure website virtually all the time in the Simeone period, however nothing typical to date this season.From the collection of solely 5 wins in 18 official matches to the present victory sequence there are a number of figuring out components: Atlético has adjusted its tactical mechanisms extra, has improved its strain, has enhanced its ambition, has refined its precision, has managed to play extra in rival subject, he has restored his steadiness …And, above all, he has recovered the purpose. A drawback not way back, it apparently shouldn’t be. It doesn’t have an infallible punch, however its share of success has elevated over the reverse purpose, with all that that means in a League with such equality, through which every match strikes the edge of a element, whether or not efficient or not.
Super Cup: “It’s a different game because of the context and because it’s a title. We know what it has cost to play this competition. We want to compete, it’s a trophy and we want to win to start the year well.”Low Benzema and Bale: “They are important casualties, of players who bring us a lot. We are Madrid and we have a high quality squad. The coach will decide but we are prepared for everything. They are great players but there are no excuses.”Supercopa four format: “It matters little what I like the most. We have to adapt, compete. Whenever there is a title at stake, we are very excited. They are two different formulas. We are professionals and we adapt to what we have to do.” Concerned about the lack of goal: “We are satisfied, there are things that can be improved, but there is a lot of talent. Everyone can give a bonus. If we play well, who scores we do not care much. The goals come if we are well, is when we hurt the rival.Room for improvement: “On an individual level I look good, I have been able to do a complete physical preparation. I am in a good moment and I hope to continue like this.”Super Cup in Arabia: “It’s a little different, but it’s one more experience and we’re happy to come here.”The defender spoke later on the Real Madrid Tv microphones.Arabia: “It’s a slightly different context, but we are happy and excited.”Solidity: “We have the pre-season physical work. We are well coordinated. We feel strong and fight for everything.”Motivation: “We are very motivated when titles are won and this feeling is experienced”
On the other hand, Madrid never considered that Dani Ceballos should arrive at Valencia. Che are rivals of the whites in the three competitions in which they are still alive (League, Cup and Champions). With the new policy of not including the fear clause, there was a possibility that those of Zidane would face the utrerano in all three competitions. Therefore, in the offices of the Bernabéu they would never have given the green light to that operation …With this situation, Ceballos has totally changed the chip. The injury he had (seven weeks was due to a fibrillar rupture) caused him not to be 100% when the coach change occurred. Now, again in his best physical moment, he feels able to fight for a position in Arsenal. He knows that his only chance of being in the next Eurocup, one of his great goals of the year, is to gain ownership in his current club. In fact, in recent days his messages have been common in social networks in which he appealed to hard work as the way to continue progressing. A hard work that, at least until June, will be done in Arsenal … Dani Ceballos will remain in Arsenal until the end of the season. The English club has remained firm in its desire not to break the transfer of the utrerano, while the player has changed his way of seeing the situation in recent days. The 21 minutes he played against Bournemouth in FA Cup, the first since Arteta arrived on the bench, have reinforced his morale. He feels able to reverse the situation and end up being an important footballer in the new coach’s schemes. His little role after his injury created uncertainty in Dani, aware that his presence was in danger in the next European Championship. That scenario caused a change of air to arise, especially when knowing the strong interest of Valencia. There he would have met Celades, a coach who fully trusts him.However, that possibility was very complicated. On the one hand, Arsenal does not want to get rid of a player who was a personal bet of Unai Emery, but also of Raúl Sanhellí, the club’s football director gunner. Londoners are still alive in three competitions (Premier, Europa League and FA Cup) and know that Ceballos will be important in these months. They made a strong economic investment in summer to get their assignment and were not willing to get rid of it mid-season.
In the end they paid nothing because Iberdrola paid the League and UEFA and that adds up to seven million and the Federation put 8 in total. All that going around three months had to end, it was clear that they did not want to solve the agreement or the problem, not only that of the agreement, but that of women’s football. On Thursday or Friday we gave them the 100,000 euros and at that time the RFEF calls a press conference in which they say the agreement is bullshit and nothing below 20,000 euros can be accepted. Who is the RFEF to enter this subject when it has been a year without saying anything? It is as if Barça negotiates with Messi and Thebes says if it seems a lot or a little. There he paints nothing. Rubiales is nobody and if he is, why didn’t he say it before.Did not want to appear?Much talk, but when a historical problem is solved in the broadest sense, the RFEF does not appear anywhere making the presentation in the Congress of Deputies.What do you think Rubiales thinks about women’s football?He has used it as a ram. Rubiales starts talking about the Elite program after we win the contest. I can swear that our offer is light years away from the real value of the rights. In addition, the Elite program does not have a club signed. They came to the meetings and acknowledged not having signed and Madrid said he would never sign.For practical purposes, how will it be broadcast?Same. We will broadcast the team matches and Barça and Madrid will pirate us, as always.Is that not the right sand?It is in court. I hope you are right. It would be the first time that a court attends to the right of sand. The sand right has never been used because you use the image of the other team. Barça pirates because when he plays against an opponent he steals his rights. We cannot transmit Barça matches for example. What is your assessment of the women’s football agreement?Very positively, evidently. First, because the claim seems fair to me even though it is still far from what the players want, but the pity is that we have to help the clubs to deal with the agreement because during the process what we saw is a federation putting obstacles to To be signed.The RFEF says that the agreement has been signed below what they offered. What do you think?The negotiation of 16,000 euros is a year-long process. The RFEF for a minimum of three months in a period of proposals and counterproposals has been in pain with the objective of making the agreement difficult.Did they become obsessed with television rights?Yes. All clubs wanted to make an association and we have the documents that prove it. And all the RFEF responses to hinder the process.Can you say that the RFEF did not sign the agreement if it had no audiovisual rights?They never talked about an agreement, we titled our documents with the word “agreement” and they left it at the end. They were only interested in television rights. That is written and is easy to clarify. After so many meetings, we decided “it’s over” and we paid the difference.100,000 euros?By club.But that leaves a private company, does the RFEF accept sponsorship?
ZURICH:SHELLY-ANN Fraser-Pryce is aiming to run faster than she ever has before in the 100m Diamond League race in Zurich today.Fresh from winning the World Championships gold medal in Beijing, the Jamaican told The Gleaner that she is very focused on ending the season on a positive note.”The championships have finished and it’s a new race. Many of those competing might not have done what they wanted to in Beijing, and they are coming here to get things right.”I am really looking forward to running a personal best, and hopefully, I can do it here.”She added: “I love coming here. The stadium is always filled with fans. It’s one of the few places where the stadium is always sold out, and I know that the fans are looking forward to seeing lots of medallists from the World Championships, so I am looking forward to doing the best I can.”Keen on giving backPrior to her race, the three-time World champion, along with other Beijing medallists, was flown by helicopter to a track and field clinic for kids, where the 28-year-old was able to share some of her tips for success.A keen advocate of ‘giving back’, Fraser-Pryce said the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.”I am part of UNICEF Jamaica, which is dealing with kids and empowering them, helping them to understand that they have rights, too, and are allowed to live, blossom, and to be creative beings. I like the platform that I get because they are young and impressionable and need people to guide them, and if I can help to do that, then it’s a big part of why we are here,” she stated.”For me to come here and work with the kids at the clinic was really wonderful. They were so happy, and they just wanted to learn, and I like doing that. For me, they are pure and innocent in what they do. They show raw emotions, and I like that. You can’t buy that. That’s how they really are and I like that.”
It could be a case of jumping out of the frying pan into the fire or from the fire into the frying pan, depending on how you look at it, when the newly-promoted UWI FC go up against last year’s beaten finalists, Montego Bay United, today in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).The newcomers faced a fiery baptism in their opening game of the season as they played away to defending champions Arnett Gardens and were punished 3-0.Their experience this week could be similarly scathing, as they come up against Montego Bay United, who are smarting from a 0-2 loss on the opening day to the other promoted team, Portmore United. Anything but a win for Montego Bay United could be cause for serious concern at the club.”We will have to score some goals. We have not scored any goals in our last four games, including those played in the CONCACAF Club Champion-ships, and have conceded about eight. That is not a good report, and we have to fix this,” Montego Bay United’s director of football, Dr Dean Weatherly, said of his team’s performance.”Training was very militant, very businesslike; everyone knows what is at stake. We conceded too many goals, lost too many games and have not scored any goals, and I am sure they will approach the game from the perspective of righting all those wrongs,” stated Weatherly, who presided over the club’s title success and last season’s runners-up spot in the League.Training hardMarcel Gayle of UWI FC is not overawed by the opponents or any team in the League for that matter.”Basically, we have been training hard all this week, trying to perfect what we do. We want to get it right from minute one and keep our concentration. With that, we will be fine,” said the man who created history by guiding the university team to top-flight football for the first time.”If we play the best (teams) in the first four matches, and if we can get some positives out of those, then it can only get better for us,” Gayle reasoned.”I will go further; our squad is a good integration, so the synergy will come out at the end of it. We have a lecturer in Dr McMorris, we have current students, future students and other players who have come with the experience from other clubs like Dino Schaffe (Cavalier), Kemar Flemmings and Jamie Robinson (Tivoli Gardens),” Gayle added.For Montego Bay United, the attacking duo of Dino Williams and Allan Ottey will have to produce, while the defensive pair of Ladale Richie and Cordel Simpson will have to provide cover for the towering Jacomena Barrett in goal, if they are to get their desired result.In other games, Boys’ Town and neighbours Tivoli Gardens will battle it out, while Humble Lion will host Harbour View and will try to give their fans something to smile about following last week’s loss to Reno.Portmore United will look for two wins in a row when they tackle parish rivals Rivoli United, while Waterhouse will be aiming to prevent Reno from recording their second successive win.
GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC);Feeble batting returned to haunt West Indies on the third day here yesterday, leaving them with an uphill task of saving the opening Test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium.Dismissed for 251 in their first innings and then forced to follow on, West Indies were up against it at the close in their second innings, struggling at 67 for two and still 166 runs adrift of making the Sri Lankans bat a second time.Left-hander Darren Bravo was unbeaten on 20 and was partnered by nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo on six.Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath had earlier put Sri Lanka in firm control of the game when he destroyed the Caribbean side’s innings, grabbing six for 68 as the visitors lost their last eight wickets for 185 runs, to follow on by 233 runs.Bravo top-scored with exactly 50, tail-ender Jerome Taylor chipped in with a run-a-ball 31 while Bishoo scored 23 not out and Denesh Ramdin, 23.Seamer Dhammika Prasad supported with two for 65.lost both openersLeft with the majority of the final session to negotiate after their first innings folded 20 minutes after tea, West Indies lost both openers Shai Hope (6) and Kraigg Brathwaite (34) as Sri Lanka’s spinners once again threatened to expose the brittle Windies batting.The right-handed Hope failed again, dragging on a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana with the score on 18, about 20 minutes before the final drinks break.Brathwaite looked compact and had faced 75 deliveries in 11/2 hours at the crease when he played down the wrong line to a straight one from Herath was palpably lbw. His resort to DRS was as baffling as it was desperate.Bravo then took responsibility for the innings, with a knock that has so far come from 44 balls and included two sixes – both sweetly timed straight hits in successive overs from Siriwardana.Much had earlier rested on the shoulders of the stylish Trinidadian after West Indies resumed the day on 68 for two in pursuit of Sri Lanka’s massive 484 all out.Unbeaten on 15 at the start, Bravo lost Samuels early after the right-hander had added just four to his overnight seven, dragging onto Herath in the day’s third over with West Indies on 70 for three.Bravo and Jermaine Blackwood (11) steadied the innings in a 41-run stand for the fourth wicket, and saw West Indies through the remainder of the first hour without further loss.Displaying fluency against both pace and spin, Bravo counted eight fours and a six, in an innings lasting 107 balls and just under 2 3/4 hours.SCOREBOARDSRI LANKA 1st innings 484WEST INDIES 1st Innings(overnight 66 for two)D.M. Bravo c Chandimal b Herath 50M. Samuels b Herath 11J. Blackwood c Siriwardana b Prasad 11+D. Ramdin c wkp Perera b Pradeep 23*J. Holder c wkp Perera b Prasad 19K. Roach st wkp Perera b Herath 22J. Taylor c Mathews b Kaushal 31D. Bishoo not out 23S. Gabriel b Herath 0Extras (b5, lb6, w1, nb7) 19Total (all out, 82 overs) 251Fall of wickets: 1-33 (Brathwaite), 2-49 (Hope), 3-70 (Samuels), 4-111 (Blackwood), 5-132 (Bravo), 6-165 (Holder), 7-171 (Ramdin), 8-217 (Taylor), 9-251 (Roach), 10-251 (Gabriel)Bowling: Prasad 15-6-38-2, Pradeep 15-4-56-1, Herath 33-9-68-6, Kaushal 14-4-65-1, Siriwardana 5-2-13-0.WEST INDIES 2nd Innings (following-on)K. Brathwaite lbw b Herath 34S. Hope b Siriwardana 6D.M. Bravo not out 20D. Bishoo not out 6Extras (nb1) 1Total (2 wkts, 27 overs) 67Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Hope), 2-60 (Brathwaite)Bowling: Prasad 3-1-4-0, Herath 7-3-17-1, Pradeep 4-1-7-0, Siriwardana 6-1-30-1, Kaushal 7-3-9-0.Position: West Indies trail by 166 runs with eight wickets second innings wickets intact.Toss: Sri Lanka.UMPIRES: Marais Erasmus, Richard Illingworth; TV – Simon Fry.
HONOURING DOMINIC Wearing his deceased son’s number 7 jersey yesterday, father David revealed to The Gleaner that he would like today’s thanksgiving service for the life of his only child, Dominic James, to be cheerful. The funeral will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, located on George Headley Road in Kingston, adjacent to St George’s College, at 10:00 a.m. “I would like the service to be cheerful, especially given that his life was what it was. I didn’t know that he had made such an impact,” said James. “I just want to give God thanks for his life and the impact that he has made on the society,” James told The Gleaner. James was attending the St George’s College ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup match at Winchester Park yesterday, where he would normally watch his son train and play football. “I would prefer not to have to deal with the loss of my son, but I have to accept it now or eventually. It’s difficult. God is our strength, and we’ve got a lot of support from well-wishers near and far,” he continued. The former St George’s College captain collapsed during a Manning Cup match on September 20 and died after being rushed to hospital just shy of his 19th birthday on September 26. Speaking of the loss of his son, James said: “A huge vacuum is left in the home, and the home is just not the same.” He added: “We hope that something can be set up in his honour. We want to, hopefully, play a part in assisting unfortunate footballers with their academics.” Besides the Flow Super Cup Most Valuable Player award named in honour of Dominic, James was of the view that youngsters who strike the balance between school and academics should be assisted in his son’s honour. “We believe in the balancing of both books and football. Thank God for Dominic, he had natural ability,” he stressed. Yesterday, The Gleaner Company and other organisations presented sympathetic plaques to the St George’s College team at Winchester Park.
Sadly lacking Jamaica is a blessed country, and it is blessed, despite the state of crime and health care, because of the many outstanding achievements in many forms of endeavours by its citizens. In sport, in particular, and especially in athletics and more so in sprinting, the name Jamaica is spoken in awe, with reverence, and drives fear into the hearts of many around the world. To many people, this would seem as not only something great and something unexpected; it would also appear that they believe that champions like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson, Courtney Walsh, Chris Gayle, and Alia Atkinson fell from the sky like some unbelievable but wonderful miracle. To others, however, those who experienced life immediately after the Second World War or thereabout, there were stars before those of today. There were men and women like Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, Fuarnado Roberts, Joy Foster, Monica DeSouza, Bunny Grant, Lawrence Rowe, Michael McCallum, Michael Holding, Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson, Juliet Cuthbert, David Weller, Richard Russell, Andrew Phillips and a host of others. There were men and women whose performances caused the name of Jamaica to resound around the world in a time of little or no publicity for small countries doing big things and upstaging bigger and more powerful countries. There was little or no television, especially for small countries, and certainly not of the magnitude of today, where television is the heart of sport, taking it to the four corners of the earth, spreading its popularity, and making it richer and richer as each the day passes. While Jamaica may be the envy of the world because of its sprinters, its growing depth in athletics, netball, the presence of Atkinson and other quality performers, and its wider presence in the field of sport generally, it certainly is losing ground in sports such as cricket – despite a five-year run a few years ago – football, boxing, table tennis, tennis, basketball, squash, badminton, hockey, cycling, darts, and, despite the wonderful performance of the West Indies team, women’s cricket. Some of these sports are apparently making their way back, and desperately trying to do so, but regardless of the reasons, and regardless of what the associations may say, it is difficult not to reminisce or to recall the days of the 1960s, the 1970s, 1980s and so on when they were in full bloom and bringing joy to Jamaicans. In cricket, I remember such names as Alfred Valentine, Neville Bonitto, Franz Alexander, Collie Smith, Jackie Hendriks, Easton McMorris, Maurice Foster, Renford Pinnock, Arthur Barrett, and Lester King and their performances. In football, I remember such names as Lindy Delapenha, Noel ‘My Son’ Tappin, Siddie Bartlett, Owen Parker, Bunny Goodison, Bunny Clarke, Anthony Hill, Denzil Lue, Karl Largie, Henry Largie, Vester Constantine, and Ken Barnes, and I also remember the likes of “The pirate of Port Royal” Selwyn Murphy, Orville Edwards, Warren Barrett, Ricardo ‘Bibby’ Gardner, Ian Goodison, and Theodore Whitmore. And there were many others, names such as Bunny Grant, Percy Hayles, and Trevor Berbick in boxing, Leo Davis, Glen Mitchell, Dave Foster, Orville Haslam, Pat Loi, Anita Belnavis, Stephen Hylton in table tennis when Jamaica were kings and queens of the Caribbean, Richard Russell, Lance Lumsden, David Tate, the Hale brothers, and Joni Vandegroot of tennis, and one like Byah Maragh of golf. There were also many more, players like Ken Palmer and Nigel Casserly of badminton, and Tony Seixas, Tenge Brown, and Hyacinth Misir of darts, Michelle Holt, Audrey Gaynor, Tasha Cooke of hockey, and David Weller and Peter Aldridge of cycling, not to mention the earlier days of one like Frankie Minott, the king of Town Moor and professional cycling. World event Experienced life Kings and queens Those were the days when sport in Jamaica was really big, and when Jamaica hosted many a world event, events like the days of the Sunshine heavy-weight world title fight, the Lovebird Table Tennis Tournament and the visit of a world champion like Stellan Bengtsson, the days of the Shell/Air Florida/Jamaica Cricket Association cricket festival, and the Johnny Walker World Golf Championship, the Mazda Champs, and champions likes Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros, and Nancy Lopez. The days of the Brandon Trophy and Davis Cup matches, and they were days when champions like Muhammad Ali of boxing, Pele of football, English football teams, Richard Bergman of table tennis fame, tennis champs or future tennis champs like Bjorn Borg visited Jamaica and when the local stars played for little more than fun and the honour of representing the country, their beloved Jamaica. In those days, the days when Jamaicans of today tend to forget what Jamaica and Jamaicans used to do, people used to watch sport in numbers, and sometimes, most times, paid for the privilege of doing so in order to support a particular sport. At times like these, particularly whenever Jamaica loses, or does not play well, and the people forget how Jamaica and Jamaicans used to play, I remember all the wonderful people who guided the development of sport in Jamaica in those long forgotten but wonderful days. I know that there are some of them still around, people of passion and knowledge and integrity, and I thank God for them, although they seem to be less in numbers at a time when they are so badly needed. If only there were more of them around these days when there is so much need for them because there are so many more people around, and people of many dreams. Jamaica still has one like Mike Fennell, one like Lorna Bell, two like Glen Mills and Stephen Francis and many others, especially in track and field, where the sport is getting bigger and bigger as the days go by. In saying thanks to them, however, I cannot help but wish that those who went before, or more men and women like them, were still around and involved to share their passion for sport, and their knowledge of the respective sport with the Jamaicans of today. Sport is sadly lacking because of the absence of men and women like Vanny Hunt, Keith Noad, Owen Batchelor, Trevor Parchment, Baz Freckleton, Kitty Sharpe, Kay Wilson, Leila Robinson, Molly Rhone, Tino Barovier, Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland, George Lazarus, Franz Botek and one like Pat Anderson. More importantly, however, I wish there were more men like G.C. Foster, Ted Lamont, Keith Gardner, Allan Rae, Jackie Hendriks, Utpal Ganguli, Ted Gray, Leighton Duncan, Winston Chung, George Thompson, and Teddy McCook, men who knew what they were doing, did it well, and served their sport and Jamaica with distinction fairly and honestly and without pay. Today, there are many people in sport, but they are in it more for what they can get out of it more than for what they can put into it. And although that is understandable because of the need of the people, that is not desirable. Jamaica is basically a poor country, and it cannot get richer without honesty, hard work, a love for each other, and some old fashion voluntarism.
“So we have a lot of similar philosophies, and whether we agree everyday and see eye to eye is irrelevant. The bottom line is that it is very important that we stick together and not flip a new association because someone out there believe they can do better. We must stay the course, try to fix it and work together to make it a little better,” he said. “Our biggest issue is how they execute with zero budget. It’s just difficult to implement anything when you don’t have resources. So if I can help them execute a little better, and after a time get more sponsors confident that we are a good product to invest in, then we can get more plans executed. I have a lot of experience in business and in this sport, so I can help from a sporting administrative perspective on how to approach sponsors. This is something I have done on my own for the last ten years and I am very good at it and I want to help this particular association get that,” Hyatt added. SIMILAR PHILOSOPHIES Recently retired table tennis star Michael Hyatt gave the Godfrey Lothian administration his full vote of confidence and called on stakeholders to work together for the continued development of the sport. Speaking to The Gleaner at a press conference to announce his retirement from competitive tennis late last week, Hyatt said he was impressed by Lothian and his team and that he is confident that with his assistant in his new role as a marketing agent, they can continue to improve on the strides the current administration has made. “If I wasn’t confident in this administration and what they are doing, they can tell you, I wouldn’t be here. I, unfortunately, don’t have time to waste,” he declared. “I am very impressed with their communication and their planning. Mr Lothian and his team understand what they are doing.” Recently, Lothian’s administration has come under scathing attacks from former Jamaica Table Tennis Association Vice-president Samuel Lamont, but Hyatt believes there are more important issues than in-fighting. “There is a lot of negativity recently about what the association has done and hasn’t done. And the problem is everybody is always looking for the negative. It is so easy to complain and be negative, but what is hard is trying to figure a way to solve the problem, because that takes work, planning and requires confidence. It’s easy to talk,” Hyatt said. “Me and this administration have had our ups and downs and I look at it from a positive perspective that Mr Lothian has a passion for helping young people, like how I had a passion for helping my team when I played. Mr (Stephen) Grant (national coach) has a passion for improving players like how I have a passion to see the players do well.