JAAA to stage 10-day camp in Japan

first_imgJamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships will stage a ten-day training camp in Tottori Prefecture in Southern Japan, before travelling to Beijing, China, for the August 22-30 meet. The camp will be at little or no cost to the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), as the Japanese have promised to take care of all Jamaica’s expenses while the athletes are in camp. According to JAAA President Dr Warren Blake, the Japanese will also underwrite all costs for the team to travel to the championships and back to Japan, from where they will depart for home. “Fortunately for us, the camp that is going to take place in Tottori Prefecture will be paid for by the Japanese. That has reduced the cost of sending a team to Beijing tremendously for us,” he said. “Not only will they be looking after the cost of the camp, but all travel in Japan will be looked after by them. Travel from Japan to Beijing and back to Japan will be covered by the Tottori Prefecture,” he added. Jamaica has had problems in the past to get their top athletes to attend these training camps before major championships, but Blake is confident that this will not be an issue this time. “The camp is shaping up, and the report I have got from the team manager is that he expects all the athletes to be in the camp. We are getting support from the major camps (track clubs) and different groups and, at this moment, I don’t foresee any problems,” he said. The team for the World Championships will be announced on August 10, the final day for entries for the meet. “Over this weekend there will be a North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association championship in San JosÈ, Costa Rica, and a number of athletes will be given the opportunity to make standards, even at that time. So you cannot name a team and leave out potential athletes. Once we have submitted the names to the IAAF on the tenth, they will be released to the media,” Blake said. REDUCED COSTlast_img read more

I dared to dream and worked hard: Deepa Malik

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Sep 13 (PTI) The first Indian woman to clinch a Paralympic medal, a thrilled Deepa Malik says her F-53 shot put silver is a result of being daring enough to dream. Deepas best throw of 4.61m from her six attempts was enough to clinch the silver medal. “I dared to dream and I have determination to work hard and the passion and perseverance to follow that dream. Women often lose that and I have ensured that my family is not neglected, my children are doing well too,” Deepa said. A paraplegic, paralysed from waist down, Deepa is married to an Army man and is a mother of two. The 45-year-old was consigned to the wheelchair 17 years ago after being operated for a spinal tumour. She underwent 31 surgeries, which was healed after 183 stitches between her waist and legs. “I am very happy to win this medal and I am so glad that I could do this for my country. I really want to thank my coaches and my trainers, Sports Authority of India, and the Sports Ministry for funding my training so beautifully. “I also want to thank my husband for being my skill trainer and my daughters for being my strength and motivation. I am so eager to come back to India,” she said. Deepa had won national and international medals in swimming, before switching to athletics in 2009. “I was the first biker, first swimmer, first rallyist (rally driver) and I am going to be the first Paralympian medallist. This is huge. I give it to my daughters. I give it to my husband, my trainer, my country. I am so excited,” she said. Deepa might even have taken the gold, but for a mighty third throw of 4.76m from Bahrains Fatema Nedham, which was a regional record. Dimitra Korokida claimed the bronze for Greece with an effort of 4.28m. In 2009 Deepa became the first person with paraplegia to ride in one of the worlds highest and most difficult motor rallies in the Himalayas. Deepas success comes after two Indian men ? high jumpers Mariyappan Thangavelu and Bhati Varun Singh ? won gold and bronze respectively at the Olympic Stadium on Friday. PTI PM AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more