Veteran Paralympian Alphonso Cunningham and two newcomers, Shane Hudson and Dana-Gaye Weller, were announced as the three athletes that will represent Jamaica at the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janiero, Brazil, from September 7-18.The announcement was made at a press briefing at the Jamaica Olympic Association yesterday.Cunningham, a former world record holder and many-time gold medallist, will compete in the discus and shot put F53 class. Hudson, a 400 metres silver medallist at last year’s World Championships, will be competing at his first Paralympics in the T47 class and will be aiming for gold, while Weller, who will compete in the F51 class in the club throw, will participate internationally for the first time.Coach of the team Neville Sinclair expects all three athletes to at least be on the medal podium.MEDAL EXPECTATIONS”My expectation is that they go there and do their best. We have two persons competing for the first time. Dana-Gaye should be in the final, and once she is in the final, we will take it from there. Shane should be on the medal podium, and based on training and his times, he should get no less than the gold, but at worse, he should finish with a silver,” he said.”Alphonso is the veteran. He has had some hiccups, but he should do himself proud, and I expect him to do well in the shot put and be on the podium. So what they have been doing, in training for the past months, they are going to show it at the Games,” he said.The rest of the delegation includes Javon Campbell (chef de mission), Lincoln Cox (team doctor), Edmund Jones (Paralympic attachÈ), Ann Marie Smith (administrative personnel), Rushane Sterling (massage therapist), Kevin Brown (Web master), Christopher Samuda (president), and Suzanne Harris-Henry (general secretary).Chef de mission Campbell is set to depart the island next Sunday, August 28, and will arrive in Brazil a day later. The team is due to arrive in Rio de Janeiro on August 31. The Games ends with the closing ceremony on September 18, with the team set to depart Brazil on September 20.CONTINUOUS MOTIVATIONSpeaking at the press briefing, Minister of Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the Paralympians continued to motivate and inspire all Jamaicans.”I don’t know if you know what an inspiration you all are to our country! You have overcome so many challenges to be performing at such high levels. You demonstrate every day how to be bold when necessary, how to stare adversity in the face, and refuse limitations. Sometimes I put myself in your shoes and wonder if I could have done the things you have,” she said.”We are a small team, and we know you will do your best and you will be satisfied along with your family, coaches, and support team, and the entire nation,” Grange added.
An eight-day race taking in some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful mountain passes, the Absa Cape Epic is a gruelling 800km effort with some 15 000 metres of climbing. (Image: Absa Cape Epic)• Absa Cape Epic+27 21 426 email@example.com@cape-epic.comLucille DavieIt’s tough, tough, tough – but that’s why they sign up. Each year athletes from around the world descend on Western Cape to test their extreme endurance skills in the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race.Now in its 11th year, the race attracts Olympic medallists and previous world champions, as well as some of South Africa’s top riders. An eight-day race taking in some of the province’s most beautiful mountain passes, it is a gruelling 800km effort with some 15 000 metres of climbing.It is ridden by two-person teams and is the most televised mountain bike stage race in the world, according to its founder, Kevin Vermaak. It is the only eight-day mountain bike stage race classed as hors catégorie, meaning “beyond categorisation”, by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), making it “a highlight on the professional racer’s calendar”. The race also attracts aspiring amateur riders wanting to test themselves against the best in the world.Vermaak, who established the Cape Epic back in 2004, says he is pleased with how it has developed. “[I am] incredibly satisfied, when I think that sporting legends like Alain Prost, John Smit, Luis Enrique, amongst many others, all take time out to train for the race and come to South Africa every year to ride it. It’s an honour.”In 2002, Vermaak participated in the 10th edition of the 400km La Ruta de los Conquistadores mountain bike race across Costa Rica – and the idea to create a multi-day mountain bike stage race was born. The Cape Epic takes a different route each year, and Vermaak and his team ride the new route at least twice before settling on their final choice. Each year, it is selected on the basis of “most amazing mountain biking riding that the Western Cape has to offer”, he says.Asked what gives him the most satisfaction, he says: “The 30 minutes around the time when the winners come in every day. It’s a moment of the event in which we invest so much money and effort, to get it just right for TV and all the fans and spectators watching, and it’s something that really differentiates us from all other mountain bike races around the world – to know that the guys coming in at that moment are the absolute best riders in the world, all the Olympic medallists and previous world champions.”Amateur mountain biker Lynn Morris, who cycled the race in 2009, says she did it “because it sounded tough and I love mountain biking”.“The hardest part was making the cut-off times every day, and of course the climbing! The most enjoyable parts were the stunning landscapes and the feeling of camaraderie amongst the cyclists (at the back of the field).”Vermaak says the “satisfaction of finishing the Epic is priceless. And the camaraderie of riders during those eight days and all the months of training leading up to the race are truly special. For many, it’s a life-changing journey.”This year, many riders came in covered in mud, having gone through forests and splashes of water, up and down rocky ridges, some too steep to descend, requiring riders to walk their bikes, and over wooden walkways. Some 1 200 cyclists entered, and just under half of them finished the course. Overall prize money is R1.7-million (about $161 000); the entry fee is R53 900 (about $5 100) per two-person team.First over the line were German Robert Mennen and teammate Kristian Hynek, from Czech Republic, in a time of 30 hours and 31 minutes. The first women to cross the line were Ariane Kleinhans from Switzerland and Annika Langvad from Denmark, in a time of 34 hours and 54 minutes.The Absa Cape Epic is just one of seven or eight endurance races that are held in South Africa every year, when athletes of all ages and abilities run, swim, paddle and cycle their way across the country.
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Yajurvindra SinghThe law on chucking has to become more streamlined and forceful. Cricket, somehow, has shown leniency about the matter and as a result, many bowlers with dodgy actions have flourished and many batsmen have been unfairly dismissed. The record books are full of chuckers.Saeed Ajmal, the most versatile of the contemporary off-spinners, after six years of international cricket and more than 300 wickets, succumbed to a law that was made easy for a bowler’s existence – the 15-degree acceptable bend!One feels sorry for all the batsmen whom he bamboozled with his doosra and other bent-arm inventions. Banning him after so many years is precisely the tale that world cricket has to take seriously. The umpires on the field, as well as the third umpire and the match referee, need to be given the power to stop anyone who they feel has a questionable action.Today, the law requires the umpires to report it to the relevant authorities, who will thereafter take the necessary action to get the bowler reviewed. By then, he has ruined a few cricketers’ careers and won laurels for his side.Ajmal is a case in point. The astonishing finding was that all his deliveries were illegal. Cricket needs to utilise the biometric technology and implement it everywhere. Every international bowler should be tested and certified, if possible, before they debut.A conformity certificate seems the only way forward to eradicate chuckers. One gathers that most bowlers do bend their arm and so it has become even more imperative to use the latest technology. The game cannot go through the slow process followed presently, as with the amount of cricket being played, the offender could have a bagful of wickets before he is stopped.advertisementMy immediate thought goes to the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan. He was reported on quite a few occasions but through some flexibility in the laws, continued tormenting batsmen.Saeed AjmalI watched his bowling video closely and accept that he has a unique bend in his bowling arm. This, along with his very supple wrist, made it possible for him to bowl the doosra effectively. To prove his innocence, his bowling arm was plastered before he was made to bowl.He would have escaped all the humiliation if this would have been sorted out earlier. Bent-arm bowlers over the years have been a menace to batsmen. The effective use of such deliveries has been the bouncer for fast bowlers, the armer for left-arm spinners, and the doosra for off-spinners.Most cricket academies around the world have the facilities to film and analyse bowlers. The offenders could be identified and rectified at the initial stage of their careers rather than on the international stage.The only way to solve this issue is for a bowler to get an authorised compliance certification at the domestic level, without which, he should not be allowed to participate in any national or international tournaments.Each country should be made responsible, rather than wait for the system to catch up with the offender, as cricket for a batsmen is just a one-ball game.