The Carifta Games are still as right for the young track and field athletes of the region as they were first staged in 1972. As seen last weekend, Carifta still gives the future stars of Caribbean track and field their first experience of international competition. It’s an invaluable first step on the way to the top.For so many, including the dominant Jamaican teams, it’s a maiden voyage into competition beyond their own shores into airline travel, different cuisine and unfamiliar stadia. It was a master stroke when the Barbadian Austin Sealyformulated the event in 1972. Now, as it was then, it’s like international competition 101.The Carifta Games also presents data for regional track and field administrators to learn from. While the sprints in both the Under-18 and Under-20 age categories had enough entries to require a preliminary round, that wasn’t the case in other events. While that wouldn’t be a surprise in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, there were no heats in the girls’ Under-20 800 metres, the 4x100m and 4x400m for boys and girls in both the Under-18 and Under-20 categories and in most of the hurdling events.Five girls faced the starter in the 400-metre hurdles for Under-18 girls, with four in the Under-20 version. This is startling, given the bright history in a discipline where Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados have produced high-class exponents. It was worse among the boys, with the corresponding numbers being five and three. Here the region has recently produced champions like Jehue Gordon of Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamian Jeffery Gibson.Four girls came to the blocks in the Under-20 100-metre hurdles and five young men came to contest the Under-20 110m hurdles.In the field, only three girls are listed as participants in the Under-20 high jump. This is in contrast to an apparent Caribbean upswing in the event. Just last year, Levern Spencer won this event at the Pan-American Games, with her St Lucian compatriot, Jeanelle Schepper, taking the NCAA title for the University of South Carolina. Earlier in March, the Barbadian Akela Jones cleared 1.98 metres in the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) indoors as part of the heptathlon. Jones also won the individual high jump as well.If those numbers represent ongoing trends, and in many cases they do, then the region has lots of work to do.Jamaica may be able to take care of itself. Thanks to the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships, our high schools pursue excellence in a wide range of athletic disciplines. Even here, there are long running weak spots in the jumps, throws and middle and long distance disciplines. The rest of the region doesn’t have Champs and needs help to spark development. Some, like St Vincent and the Grenadines, don’t even have a synthetic running track.Maybe that’s why Jamaica is becoming attractive to junior athletes from the region. They can’t wait until development comes to their island home. So they instead come to the place where, because of Champs, development is far more advanced. It’s a fair guess that they will keep on coming.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has made notes at track side since 1980.
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CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team outside hitter Alyssa Valdez said national team’s time in the AVC Asian senior Women’s Volleyball Championship has been of valuable help as it prepares for 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.The Philippines finished at eighth place after three straight losses in in the Asian tournament includinga 25-20, 25-16, 21-25, 21-25, 15-3 setback to Kazakhstan Thursday but Valdez knows they’ve garnered enough experience to help them in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We have to prepare harder now and we have to have a better on-court chemistry than what he had here,” said Valdez. “We have to see all the little things so we’ll have better movement once we play.” View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “This was a long tournament and we all know each other [better] because of it,” said Valdez in Filipino as she finished with 11 points in the loss to the Kazakhs.“We all have one goal and we’ll all kill ourselves to achieve that goal and bring glory to the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Kuala Lumpur Games would be Valdez’ second after she competed in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.She said they’d have to come out stronger if they hope to step to the podium in Malaysia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Belo flies to KL with Gilas, hopes to join team in SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters
The Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of BCCI on Tuesday outlined for major structural changes in the elite domestic tournament, the Ranji Trophy.The committee even recommended doing away with the Elite and Plate divisions.The technical committee, that met at the BCCI headquarters at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai discussed the issue for over two hours and opined that the Elite and Plate groups be replaced by three groups of nine teams each.”We have recommended two major changes in the Ranji Trophy format. There will be nine teams in three groups — A, B and C. Each team will play eight matches in the league stage and there will be promotion and relegation,” Ganguly told reporters after the meeting.”The changes will make the competition even and each team will play a few more matches. But all these are recommendations and the BCCI working committee will take the final decision,” he added.Each team will play eight matches at the league stage. Three teams each from groups A and B and two from group C will qualify for the knockout phase.The committee also proposed that quarterfinals, semifinals and the final should be five-day affairs. According to the current format only the final is a five-day affair.If in the knock-out phase, a result on first innings is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, then the match will be extended into a sixth day. If there is no outcome on first innings even at the end of the sixth day, then the winner will be decided on the spin of a coin.advertisementFor an outright win, teams will get six points. A bonus win – by an innings or by 10 wickets — will fetch teams one bonus point. If the teams are tied on both innings then they would get three points each.A first innings lead but no outright win will fetch a team three points while loss on first innings will get a team one point. Tie on first innings without outright result will give teams one point each.The committee also outlined the order in which the domestic season will proceed with Duleep Trophy being played first.The order – Duleep Trophy, Challenger Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. There will be two Irani Cup games from the 2012-13 season.The committee also made changes in the playing condition in domestic limited-over games. It felt that a bowler should be permitted a maximum of twelve overs per match and two bouncers per over. There will be no change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle in non-Powerplay overs.Ranji Trophy – Points systemOutright win6 pointsInnings win / win by ten wickets1 bonus pointTie on both innings3 points each1st Innings lead but no outright win3 pointsLoss on 1st innings1 pointTie on 1st innings without outright result1 point eachOutright lossNil1st innings results not achieved, with or without weather interference1 point each