Laurie Foster: JAAA drops the baton

first_imgThe fast-approaching Christmas season is traditionally a time of good cheer, the seeking of blessings from a Supreme Being, consumption of an enormous amount of food, and the exchange of gifts. Although the act also follows a path of tradition, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), through its president, delivered its own gift of another body blow to the sport. One can almost hear in response shouts of ‘What’s new?’ or ‘Nothing better was expected’. Dr Warren Blake, Jamaica’s track and field head man, is once again under the cosh. Blake is widely accepted and acclaimed as an orthopaedic surgeon of the highest quality. However, from the comments being voiced – including social media – his latest action does not quite make the cut (pun intended). The ‘proof of the pudding’ in making what could be deemed a harsh criticism is inherent in a statement to the media recently. The stage was a press conference to announce nominees for the annual Golden Cleats Awards put on by the JAAA. On the world stage, Russia had been banned from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The move was effected after investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found them to be involved in state-supported violation of the code. Many of their top performing athletes at the global level were facing the loss of medals won. As a sequel to this, the Russian city of Kazan was stripped of its host status for the 2016 World Junior Championships. A replacement venue was to be announced after a new bidding process. SEEKING APPROVAL The JAAA had announced its intention to seek approval to be hosts. Success would mean that the black, green, and gold would be blessed with the prestige and privilege of so doing for the second time. Few will forget at the first staging in 2002, the comments of the then IAAF president Lamine Diack. He described it as “the best ever”. The Senegalese has since been disgraced – fingered by the same WADA probe for accepting a bribe of €1 million for culpability in drug test results concealment. Blake seized the opportunity at the awards press conference to issue a statement on the progress of the bid. He spoke of the local bid being withdrawn. It carried a price tag of US$10 million. Also mentioned, presumably as a reason for the withdrawal, was the likelihood of such a figure being realised. There was no mention in the excerpt of the interview, carried by national media, of any consultation prior to the decision to ‘lock it down’. One was left with the feeling that not even the Government had had an input in the verdict. If that is the case, several questions must now be asked. UNILATERAL DECISION? Was Blake’s decision really a unilateral one, taken without giving an ear to the battery of track and field savvy that surrounds him? One sincerely hopes not, but if that was the case, how could they come up with what must surely be a lame decision. It clearly has not factored in the increase prestige that adheres to the country’s image since the heroics of Beijing 2008 and sustained thereafter. Would that not have attracted the financial support from investors always in search of embellishment to their own profile? Yes, it is also Olympic year, with advertising spoils to be shared with the Rio spectacle. But where are the experts and bright marketers? Could not there be a combo where those interested in the spend could invest in both and widen their reach? Again, what about the Government? If they had a say in the matter, why not say so? At least that would have focused the scrutiny elsewhere. For feedback: E-mail lauriefoster2012@gmail.com.last_img read more

GARDAI SMASH LETTERKENNY BROTHEL RING

first_imgGARDAI have smashed an organised brothel in Letterkenny – just days after it was set up, donegaldaily.com can reveal.Two Romanian women had set up the brothel last Monday and garda had set up a surveillance operation at an apartment in the town after large numbers of men were seen entering the premises.Last night gardai raided the premises, arrested two women – aged 28 and 20 – and recovered €875 in cash, condoms and sex toys. Today at Buncrana District Court the two women were fined €300 each, with the rest of the money recovered in the operation was set aside to fly the women back to Romania.“There seems to be a few in from Romania because there is money to be made and this needs to be discouraged,” said Judge Paul Kelly.We understand the two women advertised their services on a website and that a large number of men from the Letterkenny area had visited the apartment in the 48 hours in which it operated.We also understand that Gardai have details of the men involved and prosecutions may follow.This is just the latest prostitution scandal to hit Letterkenny.Garda sources say they are aware of several escort agencies being operated by a Co Donegal man and associates from Dublin. Women are flown into the town from eastern Europe as well as the UK.Websites used to advertise the brothels have also been monitored and details of men who left messages have been traced.Sources say a large number of men from Co Donegal may well be ‘named and shamed’ as a result of the investigations into six different brothels in recent months.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI SMASH LETTERKENNY BROTHEL RING was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brothelescort agenciesletterkennylast_img read more