POWELL RUNS FASTEST TIME IN 100 METERS FOR 2015—05/09/15
Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter, ran the fastest 100-meter race in the world for 2015 at the Jamaica International Invitational. Powell clocked 9.84 seconds, beating Ryan Bailey of the United States and Nesta Carter, also of Jamaica. This was the best time over this distance for Powell in five years.
SHAND DISCUSSES WORLD RELAYS CONTROVERSY—05/11/15
Coach Jermaine Shand, who was accused of partiality in selecting the members of the women’s IAAF World Relays 4×100 team, was also singled out for rejecting Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce when she asked to run in the heats at the event. This resulted in her coach, Stephen Francis, disallowing her participation at the Relays. Shand wanted to clear his name and said that many things publicized about the controversy were untrue. He said he had “no issues” with Fraser-Pryce, who never showed any disrespect to her teammates during their discussions.
HEAVEN HOPES TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE OF CRICKET TEAMS—05/14/15
Wilford “Billy” Heaven, the head of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) is hoping that the creation of a fitness and wellness facility at Sabrina Park, the performance of the national cricket teams will show improvement. He focused on the need for players to be in top mental and physical condition to play well during remarks at the JCA Primary, All-Age and Junior High Championship. With peak health status, players can concentrate better and for longer periods during play, which leads to better overall results in the game.
JAMAICA’S COPA AMERICA TEAM TO INCLUDE MLS PLAYERS—05/15/15
Jamaica’s roster of players on the preliminary list of participants for the 2015 Copa America tournament will include six MLS players, including Giles Barnes of Houston and Alvas Powell of Portland. Other MLS players are Jermain Taylor of Houston, Je-Vaughn Watson of Dallas, Kemar Lawrence of New York, and Darren Mattocks of Vancouver. Simon Dawkins of San Jose and Deshorn Brown of Colorado are also included.