Talles Magno: “At first the rivals tried to intimidate me”

first_imgWhat would you say about the previous season, so special to you?It was very important in my life because I made the leap to the professional team. Premiere with Vasco, which is what I worked from the beginning, was very special, a huge emotion.Did you think you would have such a quick adaptation?No, not so much, although I have always worked hard to play as I am doing in the main team. I am very happy about that.The worst was the injury that made him leave the U-17 World Cup once started, in which he was one of the players to follow and Madrid wanted to see him …It is very sad to get out of such a great competition, but thank God I am recovered and my teammates honored me. They made me very happy and we won the title. 19 How is he as a player?Very good, it ends very well, it is very aggressive in the area, it will do many goals.And as a person?Very nice, good people, with a very cool charisma. “Reinier is my ‘parceiro’. He deserves to go to Madrid for the person he is and for working so hard” Do people stop him a lot on the street?Yes, everywhere I go they ask me for photos, videos … Because of my hair, they also recognize me very fast (laughs). I feel very happy to be able to assist you.From whom do you take ideas for your spectacular dribbles?Neymar does many and sometimes I watch videos of him, but I almost always improvise.How do they come up?I try to get the best resource, simply, in every action. The best thing to get the ball in the best possible way to the partner, not to humiliate or anything to the contrary. They are different plays.Do rivals accept it as such or do they take it badly?At first they tried to intimidate me, they yelled at me a lot, but I didn’t let them get into my head. As the championship progressed, I played many games, they were seeing that haggling is my best quality and they got used to it. Magno Sizes With only 17 years, Talles Magno is giving much to talk in Brazil. In 2019 he jumped to the first team of Vasco da Gama, which renewed him with a 50 million euros clause, and won the U-17 World Cup, a tournament he had to leave due to injury. The eye-catching forward attends ACE to review his still short career and analyze his present, his future or to his friend Reinier, new signing of Real Madrid. Magno Sizes “Neymar does a lot of dribbling and sometimes I watch videos of him, but I almost always improvise” What did they say?They yelled at me “You’re not going to pass!”, “You’re not going to play here!” … but I didn’t let them influence me.Did he answer them when he was haggling them?No, no, never, I kept quiet.And what did his teammates do?They defended me a lot. Whenever I dribbled the other team’s players wanted to scare me and they reacted. There were huge pikes when I made some pretty play.Who is your ‘bodyguard’ header?Leandro Castán, the captain (laughs). Who do you look like?To Ronaldo because, like him, I move a lot, I have different resources …It renewed until 2022 in November, when the usual thing in Brazil lately is to prepare the ground to go to Europe as soon as possible. What plans do you have?I started at the base of Vasco and the extension was to increase the contract and the clause, to value me and, consequently, the club. My thought is to give the best to the team to be useful and, when an opportunity comes, take it.Where, ideally, would that opportunity be?I talk a lot with my family and what we are looking for is a better structure, anytime, anywhere if I am happy. I do not have preferences.Its clause is 50 million euros.I like it that way because my classmates and family always make me very calm, that I don’t think about it and only worry about being well in the field, without counting on what happens outside.You know Reinier very well, next player in Madrid, right?Yes is my parceiro. He deserves to go to Madrid for the person he is and for working so hard. We have a great friendship.last_img read more

Koke sets the pace of Atlético

first_imgIf there is a player in the Atlético squad that Represent above the rest the cholismo is Koke. The mattress captain is the only what has lived together from day one with Simeone, when it was still a promise of the quarry (19 years) and while its future was settled between continuing on the team, where Diego, Arda Turan, Raúl García, Reyes or Salvio He had options to play or leave for EuroMálaga. The player himself has recognized several times how The talk with Simeone was key to follow. The message: if he continued working like this he would end up playing and Koke got down to work. Since then, and With Diego’s departure in that summer of 2012, the midfielder’s role became capital. His 2013-14 season to get the League title, with 13 assists in the national championship, or his 2015-16 year, where he got 14, have led the ‘6’ rojiblanco to be LaLiga’s most assistant medium in the last decade. Atlético dried LiverpoolAnd before Liverpool appeared the Atlético de los grandes noche en Champions. A rocky team, almost impossible to overcome in the melee and with an aid system that wove a spider web on the English team, which he left the Wanda Metropolitano without finishing the goal in the whole match. Koke returned to practice as the rojiblanco fire extinguisher, without stopping running to plug any hole that Liverpool could find. In the first half on the right wing stopping Robertson and Mané, completely surpassed and that he was replaced at the break after seeing a yellow and committing a final foul where the Atlético players, with Koke in the lead, asked for his second warning. In the second, with the entry of Llorente by Lemar, He went on to play on the left to lend a hand to an outstanding Lodi on Alexander-Arnold and Salah.And it is no accident that reds you look in their attacks in the first half on the left mattress, trying to surpass Lemar and Lodi and on the right in the second, with Llorente and Vrsaljko, since Koke’s profile is much more complicated to pass. The ‘6’ left a master class on how to help the partner, a dark showy work showing a physical beating to multiply. Of his boots came the corner that after playing in Fabinho led to Saul’s goal which gives advantage in the elimination to the mattress team. He also finished as the second player of the team with more passes completed (24), only surpassed by Thomas (26). What has become clear during his absence and subsequent return is that Atlético is much more cholista when Koke is in the middle. Although that offensive production of Koke in recent seasons has declined, its importance for the Cholo remains maximum, something that is exaggerated during his absences. In the midfielder’s last muscle injury, suffered during the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup against BarcelonaAtletico played five games with a balance of four defeats, one of them in the Super Cup final against Madrid and another in the Cup against Cultural Leonesa and a draw at home against Leganés. With his return to the green the triumphs have returned, but also the mattress identity has returned. center_img With the loss of heavy weights in the workforce as Gabi, Godín or formerly Raúl García, the koke paper as to leadership He had to increase drastically. The ‘6’ is Simeone’s hand on the field, the player who must send the pressure and fulfill the coach’s plan from within the green. After returning to the eleven with a win against Granada, where Koke gave the assistance of the goal to Correa, in Valencia could see a completely recognizable Atlético with a very high pressure about the central exit played. The stopped ball left the rojiblanco team without victory in Mestalla despite the good image offered mainly in the first part. last_img read more

Three members of the Ajax coaching staff, in quarantine

first_imgThe effects of the spread of the coronavirus have reached the main football clubs in Europe. As reported by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, there are three members of the technical staff of the Dutch Ajax team, forced to remain in quarantine for being suspected of being infected by the COVID-19 virus. Those affected are the assistant coach of the coach Erik ten Hag, Christian Poulsen, the team doctor Alessandro Schoenmaker and one of the first team physiotherapists. Ajax has decided that the three people stay away from the first team of the Amsterdam club until March 13 as prevention. The three members of the coaching staff are awaiting evolution and if they do not show symptoms they will return to their normal routine. The three gathered at a birthday party where there was a contagion.Thirteen Brondby members also suspectThe coronavirus also rages in Danish football. Up to thirteen Brondby members have been sent in quarantine for 14 days, including Danish club CEO Ole Palma; the central defender Joel Kabongo and the second coach, Martin Retov. Everyone had contact with the club’s former soccer player, Thomas Kahlenberg, who has tested positive for coronavirus.last_img read more

The danger of playing the League in July: 112 players, without a contract

first_imgPomegranateVallejo, José Antonio, Foulquier, Yangel Herrera, Gonalons, Gil Días and Carlos FernándezEscandell, Koybasi, Vadillo and Soldado Although the future of the tournament is not yet known, this case is already being studied within the Spanish Federation. Since it would mean that LaLiga would be decided (championship, European positions, decreases …) without 22% of the players registered at the beginning of the season or that the teams themselves had to renew several of them almost forced to fight for their goals. The figure could be lower since some footballers who end their contracts at the end of the season are negotiating an expansion or have formulas to automatically renew, such as achieving the goal. There are many particular cases, such as Odegaard, which is only loaned for one year although there would be a verbal agreement for two, or Soldier, to end the contract, but has another option. “It is stipulated that the contracts, including the assignments, end on June 30. These extraordinary circumstances and exceptions are being studied, “federal sources point to AS. From the footballers union AFE for now they focus on the current health crisis and defend the health of their players: “The measures should not be taken individually, but together. Now, the fundamental thing is that the health of all is guaranteed footballers as citizens who are. And that clubs act responsibly. “ Barcelona ValladolidJavi Sánchez, Raúl García, Pedro Porro, Fernandes, Ünal and SandroMoyano, Míchel and Ben Arfa I raised ForemanBruno González and Iván López ValenciaJaume Costa and FlorenziGaray AthleticSan José, Beñat and Aduriz GetafeEteboo, Cucurella, Kenedy, Jason and DeyversonAntunes SevilleBonus and ReguilónBanega and Nolito BetisPedraza and AleñáBarragan VillarrealAnguissaBarbosa, Bruno Soriano and Cazorla AthleticAdam OsaunaArnáiz and Enric GallegoRubén Martínez, Roncaglia, Fran Mérida and Adrián Lópezcenter_img On loanContract ends AlavesRoberto, Magallán, Fejsa, Camarasa and Aleix Vidal LeganesJuan Soriano, Awaziem, Kevin Rodrigues, Marc Navarro, Amadou, Roque Mesa, Óscar Rodríguez, Bryan Gil, Carrillo, Guerrero, Ruibal and AssaléJavi Eraso and Szymanowski CelticMurillo, Olaza, Bradaric, Cheikh, Rafinha, Juan Henández and SmolovSergio Alvarez EibarCristóforo and Rafa SoaresEscalante, Ramis, de Blasis, Orellana, Pedro León and Charles SpanishBernardo, Corchia, Calleri and FerreyraDiego López, Naldo, Didac Vila, Javi López, Iturraspe and Wu Lei Source: Transfermarkt The coronavirus pandemic has put the First Division in check. In the 91 years of LaLiga’s life, he had never been in a situation like that of having to stop the championship and postpone two days, without knowing with certainty when it can really be played again. For this reason, although the employer’s intention is to play the 380 games, many questions arise if it is not possible. Who would be the league champion or who would ascend and descend if it cannot be finished? But, at the same time, others arise, before other possible scenarios. If the pandemic is prolonged in time, extending the stoppage of LaLiga and it must resort to June (as long as UEFA decides to delay their European Championship to 2021) and part of July, will players who end their contract or transfer on June 30 be able to play?The situation is complex. And is that 19 of the 20 Primera clubs would be affected Division (all teams, except Barcelona, have a loan or player that ends the June 30 contract. Date the season is set to end.) In total there would be 112 footballers involved. Luis Rubiales, president of the Spanish Football Federation, has already warned that they face scenarios without an established response and that they will have to be addressed. Which should be carefully studied since they will set a precedent. “The season ends on June 30, but we can take exceptional measures,” said Rubiales. after the announcement that professional football was putting the brakes on in Spain.Leganés, who is fighting for permanence, would be the most damaging club in this situation, since they would lose up to 14 of their members: It has 12 players on loan and two end contract. Granada would be another major victim (he would lose 12 footballers), followed by Mallorca (10) and Espanyol (10), the other two clubs that are in decline along with the cucumbers. Éver Banega has a more particular situation. The player has already signed that from next season he will wear the colors of Al Shabab from Saudi Arabia. So I could not continue in the discipline of Seville. Valladolid (9), Celta (8) and Eibar (7) would be other of the most affected …Players ending contract or assignment on June 30Areola MajorcaFabri, Koutris, Baba, Lumor, Ki, Kubo, Pozo and Cucho HernándezXisco Campos and Pedraza Real MadridAreola Real societyOdegaardMoyá and Zurutuzalast_img read more

Atleti has a quarry

first_imgToni Moya. 22 years. MidfielderOne of the most projected and future footballers of Atlético B. Pivote, stands out for his versatility: when Simeone has needed him, he has placed him in a position that is not his, central, and has always responded. With character, strength and experience, he is characterized by his patience and driving. Last summer he was about to leave on loan to a Segunda like Almería to continue adding experience. For many he is called to be the successor of a milestone such as Gabi.Camel. 19 years. ForwardIf something has Camel it is a goal. An idyll. He is what stands out the most from a footballer who, like Riquelme, treasures impudence and personality. He is not afraid of anything in the area, he stalks everything, this is evident in his numbers, an amazing ability to score. This season, five goals in 19 games; last, 12 in 26 between the Youth League, the B and his debut with the first team, in which he scored.Germán Valera. 18 years. ForwardHis signing was the cause of the breakdown of relations between Atlético and Villarreal. Captain of the U17 at the 2019 World Cup in Brazil, he debuted this season with Cholo and, above all, he stands out for his dribbling and overflowing. Left-handed, he likes to play a changed band, on the right, where it is pure electricity. For L’Equipe, one of the 20 most under-18 footballers in Europe.Poveda. 23 years. ForwardA break from the crusader in December cut his incredible streak at Atlético B this season. Ten games, ten goals. They fell out of his pocket. Simeone, even when he was most in need of losses in the first team, gave him the alternative, with seven minutes against Granada. Zaragoza was looking for his signing above all things, due to the loss of Dwamena, in the past winter market. Everything broke on December 9 against Getafe B, when his right knee cracked.Sweetbread 19 years old. ForwardThe first footballer born in the 21st century to play with Atlético dazzled two seasons ago by his self-confidence when going up to B and in his games under Cholo. Seasoned this season at Deportivo, it is all character and personality (in Depor’s darkest days, Anquela said: “We need more footballers like Mollejo”). Forward, in A Coruña, Fernando Vázquez exploits his versatility, placing him as a lane on the left in his scheme of three centrals. The football that comes after the coronavirus will be another. Games without an audience, the end of a League in July and the teams, more drowned in economics, forced to look at their quarry. The Athletic, who three seasons ago faced two windows without being able to sign because of a FIFA sanction, has taken care of it and has pampered it, filling it with anticipation of names that are not only future, also already present, as is the case of Gizzard , tanning in Second in his transfer to Deportivo. The Riquelme and Toni Moya they have already responded when they have been pulled. Garces and Camel you know what it is to score goals for him Cholo. Manu Sánchez He is currently the substitute for Lodi in the first team (with good minutes, too). Of Germán Valera everything is expected and Poveda added 10 goals in 10 games with B until his injury. They all have something in common: they have already debuted with Cholo, they are part of that list of 32 youth squads who have done so.Names like Saul, Thomas and Koke today they are the example, as they were before Gabi and Torres. The first two are the two field players most used by Simeone in this 2019-20 season (the captain is the fourth, behind Philip). All from home, youth squads. The generation of rojiblancos footballers who are now is ready to take the step forward (with more names pressing from the youth, like those of the central ones Manu Lama and Marco Moreno) if the club needs to look at its Academy in the football that comes after the coronavirus.THE BEST CANTERANOS OF THE ATLETICORiquelme. 20 years. RightmostHis daring and cheeky football captured the spotlight in Cholo’s last preseason. He assisted Llorente against the stars of the MLS and moved up to the second rojiblanco team, although he trains regularly with the first. Seven goals (two in the Youth League), six assists and an exhibition against Rangers makes him want half of Europe in addition to Betis. Contract ends in 2021.M. Sánchez. 19 years. Left sideIndisputable at B (he has played 82% of the minutes), he is the only natural replacement from Lodi for Cholo. The pure left back he trusts when he can’t send Saul to the side. He debuted this season with the first team against Osasuna with 63 great minutes that won praise (he also played in the Cup against Cultural Leonesa). It stands out for its sobriety and security. Play without nerves and without fear of raising the band, either in the B or in the first team. Renewed until 2023.last_img read more

James looks to make statement

first_imgJorginho James was on a mission on Monday night – a mission to prove that he was good enough, and he did just that in the Red Stripe Premier League as he led Harbour View to a thumping 5-0 over UWI.Smarting from his ‘rejection’ by the US Major League Soccer (MLS), the ambitious 21-year-old box-to-box midfielder felt that there was only one way to handle the issue – perform.”I have been working very hard on the training ground. I have been away and things did not work out the way I wanted them to, but I came back here to prove something, to show that they made a mistake when they did not choose me in that (MLS) combine, so for me personally, it is good and I have a lot more to work on in my game to get overseas,” said the former Papine, Wolmer’s and Kingston College student.James, who showed his qualities with a goal-scoring debut for the Reggae Boyz as a 17 year-old, was Harbour View’s best player on the night, as he scored the first goal for Harbour View in the fourth minute, had a hand in the second and scored the fifth, as they spanked the promoted UWI outfit.John-Ross Campbell (51st), Brian Brown (71st) and substitute Rojay Smith (78th) scored the other goals for the team, which improved its tally to 33 points and narrowed the gap on fourth-placed Humble Lion to two points.”I was not disappointed in my performance in the MLS combine because I went over there and did well. I think it was some administrative matters that caused it not to work and not about the performance that I gave on the field.”I did well. My agent has talked to me and told me that I have nothing to worry about. He said I will be back there and will be in even better situations, so I have come back and refocus on getting the balls in the back of the net. This is important for myself and the club,” James said.James admitted that not having the contract he thought he would have had at this time especially after an opportunity to play professionally in Japan also fell through can be frustrating.Having had just one national cap after making his debut for a total of two, James said it is not enough for him and the desire to get back into the fold burns in his belly.BACK ON NAT’L SIDE”It most definitely is my plan to get back into the national team. That is what I am working on. It is hard for us to get called up from the local league, so I am putting in the work to get overseas and it will be much easier for me. It is there in the making to come. It will come,” he declared.But the only way to get abroad is to do the work at, ‘yard’ and part of that is personal performance and winning with the team.”I am most elated about the win this evening. We have been training hard, and the players are dedicated. I feel very good to know that the team scored five goals tonight. The way we did it also was very good. It was not just a one player, but a number of different players. It is very good for the club, the fans and the coaching staff.”We are gunning for the championship. That is why we are playing not just to compete, but to win the competition not only this season, but every season,” the very focused player said.POINTS STANDINGTeams P W D L GF GA GD PtsArnett 23 13 4 6 35 20 15 43Portmore 23 13 4 6 28 20 8 43MoBay Utd 23 11 9 3 34 13 21 42H Lion FC 23 9 8 6 21 18 3 35H.View 23 8 9 6 28 22 6 33UWI FC 23 8 6 9 24 34 -10 30Cavalier SC 23 7 6 10 18 23 -5 27Boys’ Town 23 7 6 10 25 33 -8 27Reno 23 6 9 8 22 30 -8 27Rivoli 22 5 7 10 23 30 -7 22W’house 23 4 9 10 20 28 -8 21Tivoli 22 5 5 12 24 31 -7 20last_img read more

Fitter and Faster – Francis ready for 2016

first_imgJamaica’s 400m champion Javon Francis feels he is at his strongest and fastest this year as he hopes to challenge for a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil this summer.The 21-year-old quarter-miler opened his season on January 23, with a 46.19 run at the inaugural McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at his alma mater Calabar High School in Kingston, cruising home well ahead of the chasing pack.”It was the first time I had opened up so fast, usually I open at the Camperdown Classic (held in February) so I am very pleased with my time,” said Francis, who believes he is now stronger than he was last season when he ran a personal best 44.50.After winning the national championships later that month in 44.70, expectations were high that Francis would have been among the medal contenders at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. He was, however, eliminated in the semi-finals having run 44.77 to be 12th fastest overall. He qualified for the semi-finals with a creditable run of 44.83.Despite some disappointment from his fans, Francis was quite pleased with his performance.At the national championships Francis suffered a groin injury during the 400m finals, and it prevented him from training for three to four weeks. He managed to get fit in time for Beijing, but he was not back at his best.”I never expected to run very fast because I was coming off an injury, so I was very pleased with my performance although I didn’t get a medal, but I benefited from the experience,” said the runner, who would later lead Jamaica to a fourth-place finish in the mile relay with a blistering 43.5-second anchor leg.”Last year people were saying I could go for the national record, but in my mind I always say records come and records go. Every time I go out to perform I go to win a medal,” Francis said.last_img read more

Spot Valley can win it all – Palmer

first_img SURVIVED GROUP OF DEATH The coach, who took them to the inter-zone round last year, was clearly drawing a slight comparison with the 2005 championship winning team of Godfrey Stewart High, reasoning that his players are holding on to a similar belief. Dubbed as a group of death, Spot Valley High finished second behind Rusea’s High in the inter-zone round on four points, but ahead of the likes of Godfrey Stewart and St James High in Zone Two and now will, for the first time, play a daCosta Cup quarter-final game. “It is historic. But it’s also what we want,” Palmer said. “It’s going to be two schools in this position for the first time, playing quality football. It couldn’t get any better, except that we hope that after 90 minutes that we are the winners,” he added. WESTERN BUREAU: Getting to the daCosta Cup quarter-final stage is like tonic for Spot Valley High, their coach Gregory Palmer told The Gleaner recently, adding that a first, ever title is within their reach. Spot Valley are having their best ever outing in schoolboy football in the 11-year history of the school and will tackle another of this year’s surprise packages in Little London High, in the first match of a Jarrett Park double-header in the quarter-final round of the 2016 ISSA/FLOW daCosta Cup this afternoon at 1 p.m. The other game matches Rusea’s against Paul Bogle High at 3 p.m. Palmer declared his team has enough quality to upstage their more fancied oppositions if they get past the ‘Londoners’, but was quick to brush aside their overconfident and hyped-up label heading into the quarter-final clash. “I will say we are confident of doing well against a very good Little London side, but we will not be overconfident at all,” he said. “In fact, if anything, my players are just delighted to have come this far. I see the belief in their eyes and I hear them speak of what it would mean to reach the semis. If that happens, I truly feel that we can advance to the final and win it all,” Palmer stated.last_img read more

Champs Watch | When will the west win again?

first_img CONCERNED ABOUT CERTAIN SETTINGS It’s been ages since a school from western Jamaica won either Boys’ Championships or Girls’ Championships. Keith Wellington, headmaster at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), says the west can win only if the schools there prioritise Champs and if they can retain talented student-athletes who might otherwise move to schools in the Corporate Area. Wellington isn’t against the recruitment of student-athletes, but he abhors the use of financial incentives to attract them. Munro College won the last of its eight Boys’ Champs titles in 1948, while The Manning’s School took Girls’ Champs in 1965, 1966 and 1969. Despite the pre-eminence of STETHS, Munro and recently, Petersfield High and Rusea’s, no high school in the west has enjoyed the success earned by Munro and Mannings in the past. Speaking on March 3, Wellington explained, “Whether or not a team from the west wins Champs is going to be dependent on how much of a priority it becomes in any one of the leading schools in terms of how much it is that the school is willing to spend monetary wise, and capital, not just in terms of money now but in terms of the things that are required.” He pinpointed nutrition and transportation as two key areas needy of attention. “Of course, nutrition would entail having to board a large squad because as students it’s difficult for them to travel and train in the rural areas where travelling time to and from school can be as much as an hour,” he said. His list of schools in western Jamaica who could target a Champs win includes Munro, Cornwall, STETHS, of which he said, “money would be an issue but it’s not an issue that would be insurmountable”, Petersfield among the boys’ teams and STETHS, Mannings, Rusea’s and possibly William Knibb ‘on both genders’. “The talent is available within close proximity to these schools,” he indicated. Money to fund the required nutrition, possible boarding and allied transportation wouldn’t be the only matter at hand. He estimated that there are approximately 12 boys from the parish of St Elizabeth who will score 80-90 points at Champs for the Kingston and St Catherine-based schools they now attend. He extended his pragmatic analysis, saying:”Those boys will probably get into schools who are chasing Champs and will do anything to ensure that they have the best available talent. So I think that would have to change in terms if we in the west are to start prioritising Champs as a must-win. Then we would have to look at our policy as it regards the admission of students.” The STETHS headmaster isn’t against the recruiting of student-athletes. “Where I have a problem is the way it is done sometimes”, he expounded. “I think that there are some aspects of recruiting I find repulsive,” he said. “Well, for one”, he specified, “I find the issue of schools offering financial incentives outside of what is required to attend the school, offering financial attraction to 12, 13-year-old students to leave their parents’ home.” While transferred student-athletes are often housed with the families of past students or teachers, Wellington apparently was concerned about other cases where “they live in conditions I’m not sure is a family setting or something that contributes to the development of the student as a person.” “I have no problem with students leaving home to board,” he elaborated. He was, however, against the idea of saying to a parent, ‘Send your child to us, and I will give you this household item.’ He told CHAMPS WATCH that STETHS students have been approached by recruiters who take ‘everything including the school uniform for the school they are sending them to.’ “I’ve had parents call me to say, ‘Sir, this school came and gave us this. What should I do with it because I’m not moving my child?'” he related. “Up to recently,” he said, “I’ve had to speak to one principal about an approach being made to one of my students after the student participated at a particular meet. “I have no problem with students going where they think their best opportunities lie,” he tabled. “I just don’t like the idea of schools reaching out,” Wellington said, “with all sorts of ‘quote and quote’ incentives.” According to Mr Wellington, “This isn’t professional sport.” – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Follow the Trace | ‘Flagging’ a dead horse

first_img The few anaemic reasons actually posited have been laughable. One popular sports analyst has argued vehemently that what Rodgers did with the flag was wrong because it is against “Jamaican culture” and that it was strange because it had never been done before at Champs. Other critics of the actions have opined that it was inappropriate and disrespectful to his new school and an insult to Jamaicans generally. I am still trying to extract some sense out of all that nonsense. One conspiracy theorist asked me personally why were other non-Jamaicans such Zharnel Hughes, from Anguilla, Delano Williams from the Turks and Caicos Islands; or Jorel Bellafonte, a Cayman Islands national, who were all prominent and popular champs winners, never given their national flags to display at champs? The conclusion of the theory being that Rodgers was given the flag to use to insult all the locals who were against him competing at champs. Again, the rationality of that theory escapes me. The spectacle of another show-stopping Champs showcase that resonated across the entire globe, with the very best of young Jamaican athletics talent on show, has not been given a fair chance to resonate, as the post-Champs conversation has been dominated by Ari Rodgers’ decision to wrap himself in the Ugandan flag. Jamaicans, from time to time, tend to display a false and exaggerated sense of patriotism when convenient to them. This is yet another such case of overkill. I have been trying now, without success for several days, to find a rational oasis in the vast desert of nothingness behind this issue. I must admit my failings. Here we go again, basking in our new national pastime of majoring in the minor, while continuing to ‘flag’ the a dead horse. LAUGHABLE REASONS It continues to be very surprising and indeed baffling that so many otherwise well thinking Jamaicans have expressed outright disgust, disapproval, and even concern about Kingston College’s Ugandan distance runner Ari Rodgers wrapping himself in the Ugandan flag while celebrating his victory in the 5,000-metre event win at the recently concluded ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships. My personal befuddlement knows no bounds as to what the real or credible issue or issues could conceivable, to justify so many persons having a problem with a 16-year-old youngster domiciled many miles away from his African homeland, competing at Jamaica’s epic athletics championships for his new school in his adopted country, and in his moment of triumph, he chooses to parade the flag of the country of his birth. What protocol did he breach? What sensitivities did he offend? Contrast the possible motives behind this flag pushback by some Jamaicans, against the real-life scenario of Jamaican high schools that compete regularly at the annual Penn Relays in the United States, where Jamaican schools and colleges routinely display and parade the Jamaican flag while celebrating success on the track. How is what Ari Rodgers did differently in principle to what the Jamaican schools do every year at Penn Relays?last_img read more