Vanuatu Government was the main instigator of a bid to host the games in the country and had requested VASANOC to submit an expression of interest to host the games according to VASANOC.After Vanuatu won the Bid in 2011, the host agreement was signed by the Government with the Pacific Games Council and witnessed by VASANOC.It also says Vanuatu’s bid included the written support of Government, the Ministry for Sport, the Port Vila Municipality and VASANOC.But the Association says there’s been no release of funds from the Government, and VASANOC is now considering notifying the Pacific Games Council of Vanuatu’s withdrawal as hosts of these Games.The Vanuatu Daily Post says if this happens, it will be the first-time in the history of the games that a host country has withdrawn from hosting the event.Earlier, the Pacific Games Council said a lot remains to be done before Vanuatu is ready to host the 2017 Mini Games.China started construction work on the main Korman site in Port Vila earlier this month, after 13 months of delays following Cyclone Pam.The Pacific Games Council will meet with key officials next week, including the Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, prior to next month’s General Assembly.The Executive Director, Andrew Minogue, said the signs of progress are positive but plenty still needs to be done.”The money still has to come through to the Organising Committee and then they themselves have to ramp up their efforts and plans for the Games because we’re in December 2017 for the Games which is really only 19/20 months away from now.”Andrew Minogue said the Council’s General Assembly in Port Vila is a good opportunity for member countries to have a look around at what progress was being done to reassure them everything is on track.
The trio, made up of two lawyers and a certified public accountant but whose names have not yet revealed, will investigate a transaction from the Bid Committee totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) which has allegedly-corrupt implications.It is thought the payment was made in two installments in 2013 before Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires.The controversy has surfaced as Black Tidings has ties to Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.French police are now studying the payments, made to Black Tidings head Ian Tan Tong Han, as part of their investigation into the disgraced Diack family, who are accused of using the same account to channel money received in return for covering up failed doping tests in athletics.JOC President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda yesterday claimed the payment was deemed “necessary” by the Bid Committee.He admitted he was the one to sign off on the transactions but denied any implications of wrongdoing, though he has refused to explain them in detail, claiming he is bound by confidentiality.The JOC chief believes it was “done by the book” and was supposedly for consultancy work the company carried out.An investigation is also being conducted by Tokyo 2020, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has already vowed to fully co-operate with.Abe was a staunch advocate of the Japanese capital securing the hosting rights for the Games and met with Diack and other key officials during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013 when Tokyo was announced as the 2020 host.The IOC, keen to seen to be active in dealing with a problem which could represent the worse crisis since the Salt Lake City corruption scandal in 2002, have also insisted they will work alongside any investigation.They claim they will “continue to work to shed light on the matter”.
The Ruben Pardo himself, who has already signed his contract with the Girondins and has visited the facilities of his new house, has fired with an emotional video disseminated through social networks. “The time has come to say ‘see you soon’, it’s not just a shirt, nor a shield, it’s more than that. It’s a feeling that cannot be explained. Thank you all, trainers, physical workers, utilleros and the press people, and all those who leave your throat at Anoeta on the weekend, or in any field where we go. the one of leaving transferred to the Girondins. It has been a difficult decision to make, but I am sure that our paths will cross again. I am and will always be of the Real“. Already it’s official, Ruben Pardo leaves Real Sociedad after 16 years in San Sebastian. He became a child with 12 years and march like a 28 year old man Very dear to the realistic fans. More than 200 games With the elastic txuri-urdin, I always leave the feeling that I had more football than I showed and that he played less than he deserved. He goes through the back door of undeserved form, but they are the things that this less and less romantic modern football has. his new destination will be the Girondins from Bordeaux, where he has signed until 2022, for two and a half seasons. Already in summer He was close to the French club. La Real has not put excessive difficulties on leaving the Riojan midfielder, who ended contract at the end of the present campaign. I know free march, without leaving a euro in the realistic coffers, although the San Sebastian club reserves a percentage (30%) of a future transfer to another entity, and will also have a right of first refusal when the French team receives an offer and wants to sell it. Born in Rincon de Soto (La Rioja), he was always considered one of the players with more projection from Zubieta, where he arrived with only 12 years. The Royal rejected a ten million offer for him when he was a cadet and was the first player to put on anti-athletic clause in his first renovation when he was already a first team player. All that, together with its enormous quality although somewhat intermittent, earned him the Sweetheart from the Anoeta tier. The club has announced its departure from the Royal through a school statementor, but sense. “The Real Sociedad has reached an agreement for the transfer of player Rubén Pardo to FC Girondins de Bordeaux. From these lines, on behalf of the entire Txuri Urdin family, we want to thank Rubén Pardo for the commitment and pride shown in these 16 years in which he has belonged to the realistic club. Thank you for defending our colors and for the professionalism demonstrated during this stage. Eskerrik asko, Rubén“.
Adnan Januzaj claimed against Valencia with a spectacular goal. If someone thought that he had gotten off the txuri-urdin ship, the Belgian was in charge of reminding him that he is very high and that he can still give many joys to the fans of the Royal Society. -What has changed from januzaj to do that great game against Valencia?Now I feel much better and calmer, and that’s good, because that way you can work in peace and everything goes much better.– How much was the goal he did to show that he has his head here in the Real?It was not easy. Because many people were talking about my situation, and it was complicated for me. But I’m here and I’m happy, because I showed that I can make a difference in this team.-What do you expect from this final leg of the league?Everything. Because when someone is confident you get everything, and I feel the confidence of the coach. So I hope to do my best in this key part of the season.– And why is not able to have more regularity in his game and offer more times that good version of the last day?Because there are many teams that come together very well back and it is difficult. And you need more time to do something. But when the team plays well, things get better for the player.-Imanol said he liked his match against Valencia, but he can do even better …Yeah right. In the first time I was losing some balls that with my quality can not happen to me. I understand it and I have to keep working for my good. Now I feel physically better than when I started the season. And that is positive. -What is the most difficult to carry?Many things have happened. He said a lot. ‘Janu is going out, Janu is going to stay …’ It was complicated for me. It was a difficult situation. But I was happy here, just like ahopra. And now I have to work hard to do many more things that people expect from me. And I am on that path.– Were there real options for him to leave Real in January?Sometimes in football you don’t know what can happen in football. I was in the Real and I was at ease, I have to say things as they are. But there are decisions that do not depend on me, not only was it something of mine to leave or not, also of the people above me. Of course there were things, but I stayed and I am very happy.– What do you think of the love of the fans?Well, my colleagues have helped me in that regard. Because a few weeks ago the fans were a little bit of me. But as a player I don’t care, they know the quality I have and expect much more from me. I get it. But now I am in a good moment, especially physically. And that’s good, because I also have peace of mind in my head.– What is missing to finish exploding here in the Real?I believe that with my quality I have to score more goals and make more assists. I am a player who must make a difference in all matches. I have to get it, that’s what I’m missing.-What tells you to be so close to the Champions League positions?For the club it is very important, we want to be in the top four. But we also really want to play a game as important as Mirandés. Because we also want to be in the Cup final.
LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 15, 2020 Betis decided this Sunday night to also suspend the collective training of their first squads “until further notice” and it adapts to the State of Alarm decreed by the Government to alleviate the spread of the coronavirus. The Verdiblanco club rested the weekend after exercising on Friday and was scheduled to return this Monday, but events have precipitated this determination.“The first team players will receive a personalized training and nutrition plan so that they can work individually at home. This measure is added to the manual of preventive practices that the club has already transferred to all its athletes and employees to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, “states the statement from the Verdiblanco club. “The medical services will maintain daily telephone contact with their professionals to follow the evolution of each one of them and act accordingly if there were any situation that required it ““On the other hand, the residence where the oldest quarry players stay will remain open for young people from other countries and regions whose return home is not advisable at this time, “notes the Betis note.
The year 1984 arrived and Big Brother was not that all-seeing eye that dominated the world. Who yes reigned on the planet football was Michel Platini, that in the summer of that same year it was proclaimed champion with Europe with Francewon his second Ballon d’Or and in Turin, where she led the best Juventus of history, it was almost as important as FIAT. It was the same summer that a player came to Serie A who came to break all the schemes. The Naples signed Maradona, destined to snatch the crown from the French. It was also the summer that Rummenigge, the great German star of the moment, signed for Inter, and in which the Fiorentina hired the magician Socrates, star of the Brazilian team. Was the Golden Age of Calcium. Zico, Gentile, Paolo Rossi, Junior, Laudrup, Souness, Falcao, Passarella, Boniek, among others, formed a constellation of stars that were distributed among the different Serie A teams. Each team had a great figure; calcium was like the NBA of soccer. Hand in hand with Bagnoli, the Hellas Verona was giving Giant steps season after season. Ascended a few months after the coach arrived, se qualified for UEFA the following year, in 1983, the year in which he also reached end of Coppa, where he fell before the mighty Platini’s Juventus. The following year he consolidated his success by playing the final again, but this time he lost to Roma.The season 1984-85 it was a course with special circumstances that Bagnoli interpreted like nobody else. The Juventus focused on the European Cup, which ended up winning after the catastrophe of Heysel, and discarded the league. It was the season of adaptation of Maradona, Roma, who had played the European Cup final the previous season, was in a process of transition, Socrates crashed in Fiorentina, Milan was under reconstruction and Inter lacked the pace in the final months of competition. They were big times of the catenaccio. Italy champion of the World of Bearzot and Juventus from Trapattoni marked the style to follow. A perfect style for a man like Bagnoli, used to working with more effort than talent. Amid so much galactic signing, the Hellas Verona signed to danish Elkjaer Larsen and to german Hans Peter Briegel, that year they would leave their mark on the history of Serie A. With the team’s two new and unique foreigners on attack, Hellas Verona became a solid, rocky, backlash team, specialized in taking more advantage of the mistakes of the rival than of their successes. He only received 19 goals, the team that conceded the least. Larsen and Briegel, along with Galderisi, the local idol, finished in the Top-10 of championship scorers, scoring eight points the Danish and nine his two companions. It was a difficult time for goal in Serie A.After that title, the Hellas history, like the Romeo and Juliet, ended in tragedy: the team gradually faded and in the 1989-90 ended up falling. Since then it has become a calcium lift equipment, with constant increases and decreases and financial problems. And there is no place like Verona where the stories of passion and tragedies fit together better. In full swing of Italian football sneaked a unexpected protagonist coming from a city where the word love has an omnipresent dimension: Verona, eternal capital of romanticism thanks to the work Romeo and Juliet. Four centuries later, it would be the technician Osvaldo Bagnoli and not Shakespeare, the great author of an exciting story that took place in the Italian city. And is that this humble italian coach took the reins of the Hellas Verona in 1981 when the club was active in Serie B, and in four years made him champion of what was then the best league in the world. Surely Shakespeare would have cataloged the feat as The dream of a nigth of summer.
José Romera (Chirivella, Valencia, 1987) is looking forward to Saturday to go running and start individualized training. He wants to finish the competition, but without running any health risks, as he says on the UDA radio station.– Are you optimistic about coming back or are you afraid of coming back?Optimistic. We take a first step to return to normal in quotes. I value it a lot. Everyone wants to see normality return to the country, and footballers are no exception. In this first phase of individual training I do not see so much risk because in the end it is an individual session and you will not have contact with colleagues. The risk will come later, when we start to train normally. Hopefully by then the number of cases will be much smaller and the risks less.– Do you have a specific date for the footballers who are away, the case of Darwin and Appiah? No, but yesterday we were commenting that it will be this coming week. We will have to be with the equipment already prepared to go to do the tests. Between today and tomorrow we will know.– Kaptoum said that he could not put his hand on the fire that a recommendation could be unconsciously skipped.It will be difficult, but you have to avoid getting close to your colleagues, especially at the beginning, until they do the tests. We have spent many days at home suffering and desperate to be able to leave. Now that the light begins to come out, you have to be responsible, trying to avoid contact.– On Saturday they can go running.I really want to because at home you can work in many ways, but you can’t run or sprint. Well, run yes if you have the treadmill. But a sprint to go and to return as in a party no. It is something that you cannot do in your house unless you have a giant house or a huge garden. Nearby I have a mountain area, where there will be no people running and I will train there. I want to do more specifically the race.
Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1820 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. LADY BELRIDGE OMullings 52.02. SIR SOUTH HPottinger3 51.0 Sh.Head3. *BRAVE PROSPECT JPatterson3 54.0 1 1/2L4. PLAY STATION OWhite 52.0 2 1/2LLate scratch: #5 RAY RAYWIN: $321.00Final Time: 1:58.4 Splits : 27.1, 52.0, 1:16.4, 1:43.1Winner : 6yo b mare – OUTRIGGER out of DOCANDME by JOESLEWTrainer : TOWNSEND,RAYMOND I Owner : RIDGEWOODQuinella : (3,6) $781.00 Exacta : (6-3) $1,136.00Trifecta : (6-3-7) $426.00Race 2 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. DANISH BROWN OMullings 53.02. *IDON’TKNOW RLunan 53.0 5L3. THEGREATALLIANCE AChatrie 55.0 5L4. DEPUTY HEADGIRL JErwin 53.0 3/4LDNF #3 LADY MARCIANNE LWalters 55.0 45/1Late scratch : #5 MR. MUSMAKIT, #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESSWIN: $144.00Final Time : 1:17.2 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, ,Winner : 5yo ch filly – REGION OF MERIT out of EAST WIND by ALISIOSTrainer : BURRELL,RENEX L Owner : RENEX L BURRELLQuinella : (2,4) $229.00 Exacta : (4-2) $312.00D/E : (6-4) $685.00 (6-5) $298.00 (6-6) $254.00Superfecta : (4-2-1-8) $262.00Race 3 1200 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. *CAMPESINO WGriffiths,OD 55.02. BRAWN DaneNelson 52.5 2 1/4L3. ROYAL ASSAULT WHenry 50.5 3 1/2L4. FORCE DE JOUR NBerger4 46.0 1 1/4LWIN: $70.00PLACE: $53.00, $66.00, $69.00Final Time : 1:11.0 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – COMPADRE out of YAELLA by BOLD EXECUTIVETrainer : FEANNY,PHILIP M Owner : HAMARK FARMSQuinella : (2,7) $203.00 Exacta : (2-7) $208.00D/E : (4-2) $304.00Trifecta : (2-7-4) $137.00Rolling Triple : (6-4-2) $2,458.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *MY WAY OWalker 54.02. PATCH RWilson 54.0 4L3. THAT’S THE MAN AMartin 54.5 1 1/4L4. JASON’S GOLD JErwin 52.5 1 3/4L5. DUTCHESS URIEL LSteadman2 53.5 1LLate scratch : #12 UNCLE BUNNYWIN: $51.00PLACE: $58.00, $94.00, $208.00Final Time : 0:58.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.1, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – MARKET RALLY out of ALL IN by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : MILADE AZANQuinella : (9,14) $199.00 Exacta : (14-9) $226.00D/E : (2-14) $66.00 (2-12) $91.00Trifecta : (14-9-7) $516.00Hi-5 : (14-9-7-16-8) $3,954.00Rolling Triple : (4-2-14) $451.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. FIX IT UP AMartin 55.02. PERFECT GOLD DDawkins3 50.0 1L3. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger3 53.0 2 3/4L4. WAR CHIP DaneNelson 53.0 NeckLate scratch : #3 TURBULENT VELOCITY, #7 CLASSICAL TRAINWIN: $384.00PLACE: $154.00, $1324.00, $143.00Final Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.2, 47.1, ,Winner : 4yo filly – URBAN KING out of LA CHAISE byTrainer : MARKLAND,O’NEIL D Owner : O’NEIL D MARKLANDQuinella : (8,10) $7,517.00 Exacta : (10-8) $46,778.00D/E : (14-10) $685.00Superfecta : (10-8-1-5) $122,480.00Rolling Triple : (2-14-10) $822.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3/OT)1. HAILEY’S COMET KPowell 50.02. *TOUCH DE ROAD RLahoe 52.0 3 1/4L3. NATASHADONTPLAY JPatterson3 49.5 1 1/2L4. XQUISITE CHOICE HPottinger3 51.0 1 1/4L5. BAD BOY JUSTIN AChatrie 52.5 1LLate scratch : #3 AWESOME CATWIN: $358.00PLACE: $233.00, $115.00, $129.00Final Time : 1:21.1 Splits : 24.3, 49.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – IMAGE MAKER out of REGINA ROYALE by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DARBY,RYAN O Owner : IAN M ROBERTSQuinella : (2,8) $774.00 Exacta : (8-2) $1,483.00D/E : (10-8) $3,014.00 (10-3) $878.00Trifecta : (8-2-12) $3,242.00Hi-5 : (8-2-12-7-9) $17,242.00Rolling Triple : (14-10-8) $5,104.00Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. SAMORA (AndreePowell) 4 49.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL RNelson 56.0 5L3. *FIRE ALARM RHalledeen 53.5 1L4. GOLD SCREW MWard4 52.0 3/4L4. MAMETA OFoster 53.0 dead heat6. #4 KACI DaneNelson 53.0 3LWIN: $8653.00PLACE: $726.00, $97.00, $66.00Final Time : 0:58.2 Splits : 22.2, 45.0, ,Winner : 4yo colt – HOMING INSTINCT out of SHAKIRA SHAKIRA byTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : SOMORA CLARKEQuinella : (1,11) $11,266.00 Exacta : (11-1) $53,570.00D/E : (8-11) $155,560.00Trifecta : (11-1-3) $44,023.00Hit-6 carry-over : $213,934.50Rolling Triple : (10-8-11) $97,276.00Super-6 : (4-2-14-10-8-11) $682,425.20CLIFFORD STEWART MEMORIAL CUPRace 8 1200 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO-NW41. ST. BERNARD OWalker 54.02. AQUILO WHenry 54.0 Sh.Head3. EL NUMERO UNO RLunan 55.0 Sh.Head4. EL CLIENTE OEdwards3 51.0 Neck5. BLESSEDNESS JInnis3 49.0 1/2LDNF #11 WARRIOR PRINCESS JErwin 53.5WIN: $248.00PLACE: $98.00, $119.00, $86.00Final Time : 1:15.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo ch horse – TRACKING out of LUVABLE by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : BEECHAM,MICHAEL A Owner : PHILIP A EDWARDSQuinella : (7,12) $1,404.00 Exacta : (12-7) $2,365.00D/E : (11-12) $214,504.00Trifecta : (12-7-1) $4,124.00Hi-5 carry-over : $68,384.55Rolling Triple : (8-11-12) $1,961.00PlacePot 8 : (3,6-2,4-2,7-9,14-8,10-2,8-1,11-7,12) $165,750.00Race 9 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 4YO&UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st – 2nd SINCE DEC.111. STORMONTHESEA (AndrePowell) 4 51.02. VERONICA B JPatterson3 52.0 2 3/4L3. COSEQUIN OEdwards3 51.0 Head4. ZANZIBAR HPottinger3 52.0 2 1/2L5. JOHN D LINJAH DDawkins3 49.0 NeckWIN: $1536.00PLACE: $890.00, $96.00, $537.00Final Time : 1:30.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.1, 1:16.0,Winner : 5yo dk b/br colt – STORM CRAFT out of VELOCITY byTrainer : HARDIAL,RUDOLPH M Owner : JACQUELINE M. BURGESS & EMILE K. WRIGHTQuinella : (4,5) $13,106.00 Exacta : (5-4) $19,656.00D/E : (12-5) $51,410.00Trifecta : (5-4-8) $87,160.00Hi-5 carry-over : $200,681.65Rolling Triple : (11-12-5) $21,432.00Pick-4 : Carry-over : $594,698.00Super-6 : (14-108-11-12-5) $52,929.50 Carry-over : $1,111,519.50Pick-9 : (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $66,603.00 (6-4-2-14-10-8-11-12-5) $324.50 Carry-over : $1,677,505.20
Hosts Jamaica and title-holders Guyana will today meet in the final of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Under-19 Championship at Manchester High School. Led by St Elizabeth Technical off-spin all-rounder Michael Frew, the Jamaicans will enter the contest as slight underdogs, having finished second to the Guyanese at the end of the seven-team preliminary round. Guyana, with five victories and one defeat, tallied 32 points to Jamaica’s 27.5, with the latter recording four wins and two losses. Trinidad and Tobago with three wins, two losses and a no-result, ended with 22.5 to round off the top three. Jamaica defeated Guyana by five wickets in both teams’ opening match of the tournament, with their South American mainland opponents posting 203 off 44.3 overs. Jamaica replied with 204 for five, with 4.4 overs to spare. “They (Guyana) will be difficult as they are an attacking team with, as usual, spin being their strength,” said Junior Deans, manager of Jamaica. “They have two left-arm spinners and two off-spinners. “However, we are optimistic about our chances, as we have been improving with each game and, if we play like we did in our last game against Barbados, where we fought hard and came off the field battered and bruised, we should do well.” Conditioned by Robert Samuels, Jamaica, in addition to Frew, will again be hoping for impressive performances from batsmen Abijhai Mansingh and Leonardo Friginette, as well as West Indies Under-19 fast bowling all-rounder Odean Smith and pacer Miguel Smith. Opener Mansingh and Friginette are coming off back-to-back half centuries, while Miguel, with seven wickets in their last two games, and Odean, the team’s leading wicket-taker, have been leading efforts with the ball. “When we bat, we just have to ensure that when we don’t just get boundary balls; we rotate the strike,” noted Deans. “Meanwhile, when we bowl, it’s about getting the ball in the right areas as much as possible, as well as showing support in the field,” he added. Guyana will look to West Indies Under-19 opener Shimron Hetmyer, who has highest scores of 135 not out and 98, captain Travis Persaud, and batting all-rounder Keemo Paul to lead their charge. Jamaica (from): Michael Frew (captain), Abijhai Mansingh (vice captain), Brad Barnes, Ryan Burnett, Shahid Crooks, Tyrone Daley, Ramone Francis, Leonardo Friginette, Gareth Henry, Miguel Smith, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, George Walker. Guyana (from): Travis Persaud (captain), Ronaldo Alimohamed (vice-captain), Akenie Adams, Balchan Baldeo, Grisean Grant, Shimron Hetmyer, Tevin Imlach, Kassem Khan, Parmesh Parsotam, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Nathan Persaud, Parmanand Ramdhan, Sherfane Rutherford.
Stiff competition Despite all that, the Lennox Graham-coached The Queen’s School graduate will have a tough time hurdling past Fraser-Pryce to get the Jamaican Athlete of the Year award. The little rocket lost just once over 100 metres, in a jetlagged slog in Shanghai, but clicked off wins everywhere else. She ran sub-11 times consistently and swished under 10.8 seconds three times. That gave her a career total of 10 at that speed. By comparison, the legendary Merlene Ottey had four sub-10.8 clockings in all her fine career. That’s how good Fraser-Pryce was in 2015. In Beijing, she missed her season’s best of 10.74 seconds by a mere 0.02, despite slowing down to raise an arm to mark her third World title in the 100. That allowed the fast-finishing Schippers to catch up a bit, but the win was never in question. By then, her reliable rocket start and smooth, but urgent acceleration had done the damage. Will the award givers prefer the brilliant emergence of Williams to the season-long consistent quality displayed by Fraser-Pryce? The deliberations will begin shortly, but it’s great that Jamaica has two female World Champions to choose from. Together with Thompson, Jackson, first-time 100-metre finalist Natasha Morrison, first-time 400 hurdles finalist Janieve Russell and repeat triple-jump finalist Kimberly Williams, Fraser-Pryce and Danielle Williams lead us into the Olympic year with cause for optimism. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980. Late-season marathons aside, the 2015 athletics campaign is practically over. It ended brilliantly for Jamaica, with the country’s second best medal performance at a World Championships or an Olympic Games. Now it’s time to begin to choose the Jamaican Athletes of the Year. In Beijing, for the 15th World Championships, our established stars delivered. Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Hansle Parchment all found their way to the medal podium. They weren’t alone. Debutants like Elaine Thompson, Shericka Jackson and O’Dayne Richards also walked away from the Bird’s Nest with individual medals. The best of the new names, however, was Danielle Williams. With Thompson losing a magnificent 200-metre final to flying Dutch woman Dafne Schippers on the line, Williams matched Fraser-Pryce by winning an individual event. She kept her head and her footing in the 100-metre hurdles while others lost theirs and sped to personal best times of 12.58 and 12.57 seconds in the semi and the final. She went to Beijing with the World University Games title safely tucked away and moved up to fourth fastest on the Jamaican all-time list. Brigitte Foster-Hylton, our first World 100 hurdles champion, and World Championship bronze medal winners Michelle Freeman and Delloreen Ennis, are the only Jamaican women with faster times.