NAIROBI, Kenya (AP):Some of Kenya’s newly crowned track and field world champions returned home yesterday and were ferried to a celebratory breakfast in a convoy of limousines bearing the logo ‘Hotbed of Champions’.Javelin gold medallist Julius Yego, 400-metre hurdles champion Nicholas Bett and steeplechase winner Ezekiel Kemboi were among those met at an airport in Nairobi by Deputy President William Ruto, who danced with them on a red carpet.They will also meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta tomorrow, Ruto said.Kenya surprisingly topped the medal table at the Worlds in Beijing ahead of Jamaica and the United States after winning seven golds and 16 medals overall.Middle-distance champions David Rudisha and Asbel Kiprop didn’t return home, instead travelling to Europe for the continuation of the Diamond League series.But while the East African nation celebrates, Kenya’s track federation head has announced that investigations are underway into the failed doping tests of two team members, who were sent home early from the championships.Joyce Zakary, a 400-metre runner, and hurdler Koki Manunga tested positive for banned substances in Beijing, further denting Kenya’s reputation, with the country already the subject of allegations of widespread doping and ineffective controls.On Monday, Athletics Kenya President Isaiah Kiplagat said investigations were underway in Kenya after Zakary and Manunga were provisionally suspended by the IAAF for failing the targeted doping tests performed at their hotel just before the competition.”In spite of being accused of using drugs, Kenya is still on top of the world,” Kiplagat said. “These two girls have given their story, and I don’t want to comment on that because they have recorded their statements. Investigations are on.”The federation had asked Kenya’s new national anti-doping agency to take charge of the investigations, Kiplagat said, even though the body was only set up at the beginning of the year and isn’t officially operating yet.”(The) IAAF is on top of things. We have asked ADAK to be on top of things, too, because indications are that we may have leads, and this time, if they lead us somewhere, there will be severe punishment,” he said.Kenyan athletes were tested three times around the World Championships, Kiplagat said, before, during and after. He said all the other Kenyan athletes were “clear”.Team manager Joseph Kinyua didn’t comment in detail on the two doping cases when he returned with the athletes. “Yes, there were doping claims, but that’s a story for another day,” he said. “We sorted that thing out and sent the girls back home, so it did not affect our performance.”The 29-year-old Zakary broke Kenya’s national record in the 400 meters in Beijing, but didn’t run in the semi-finals as news of the failed tests broke. The two women had accepted provisional suspensions, the IAAF said, but the world body has not identified the substances or said if the athletes have requested their backup “B” samples to be tested.Having previously denied they had problems with doping, authorities in Kenya were shaken into action when leading marathon runner Rita Jeptoo tested positive late last year for the blood booster, EPO, a substance undercover media investigations have claimed is easily available in Kenya.
Track Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 800 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 4-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP-NW31. *LOVETTA JONES PFrancis 55.02. ROLEX RLahoe 49.0 3L3. SMART BIDDER SMuir 54.0 Head4. ALEXANDER VNajair 55.0 1/2LWIN: $83.00PLACE: $55.00, $90.00, $83.00Final Time : 0:48.0 Splits : 23.2, , ,Winner : 7yo b mare – OUTRIGGER out of PRINCESS GOODHEART by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : PARSARD,HARRY Owner : P. J. K TEAMBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQuinella : (3,6) $439.00 Exacta : (6-3) $483.00Superfecta : (6-3-5-1) $1,869.00Race 2 1000 M (R) (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. *RUNNER RUNNER SEllis 55.02. TEISHA’S DREAM RHalledeen 53.0 3/4L3. LUCKYBEGOOD WHenry 53.0 9 1/2L4. PEARLOFMYDREAMS RMairs 53.0 4 1/2L7. AWESOME ROCKET ADancel 55.0 13 1/2Late scratch : #4 REGINA’S WAYWIN$62.00PLACE: $55.00, $50.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 24.0, 48.2, ,Winner : 4yo colt – ADORE THE GOLD out of UP FOR GOLD byTrainer : CHUNG,SPENCER A Owner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by HOPETON DRECKETTEQuinella : (7,8) $161.00 Exacta : (7-8) $181.00D/E : (6-7) $92.00Superfecta : (7-8-3-1) $295.00WINNIE ANGLIN MEMORIAL CUPRace 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $800,000) NB2-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES1. MESMERIZE SEllis 53.02. *SORRENTINO’S STAR PFrancis 52.0 1 3/4L3. SHEZA SPY OWalker 53.0 3 1/2L4. STUNNER WHenry 52.0 Sh.HeadWIN$ $417.00PLACE: $103.00, $55.00, $126.00Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.3, 48.0, ,Winner : 2yo gr filly – PERFORMING MAGIC out of WHEELS OF LAW by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : NUNES,ANTHONY C Owner : STEPHAN NARINESINGH & MARK ROBERTS & COURTNEY WALSHBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Quinella : (1,5) $127.00 Exacta : (1-5) $1,055.00D/E : (7-1) $556.00Superfecta : (1-5-2-8) $4,310.00Rolling Triple : (6-7-1) $1,249.00Race 4 1600 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. *HOLIDAY WEEKEND RHalledeen 54.02. NO MONEY FRIEND OWalker 56.0 Sh.Head3. PRINCESS TABOKIE OWhite 51.0 2 1/4L4. PRINCESS SHEMIKA OFoster 54.0 2 1/4LWIN: $225.00PLACE: $127.00, $119.00, $100.00Final Time : 1:44.3 Splits : 25.0, 48.0, 1:13.1,Winner : 4yo b colt – WEEKEND CRUISE out of FIGHTING QUEEN by BOUNCING BRAVETrainer : WILMOT,JOHNNY S Owner : RISING STARBred by DION JACKSONQuinella : (2,3) $398.00 Exacta : (3-2) $826.00D/E : (1-3) $2,622.00Superfecta : (3-2-5-1) $3,268.00Rolling Triple : (7-1-3) $4,766.00DONALD TANKOY MEMORIAL CUPRace5 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE -FILLIES1. DASH BOARD RLunan 55.02. *DOOLAHIN SEllis 55.0 1 1/2L3. DAYTON AFFAIR SMuir 52.0 4 1/2L4. TASHIE BABY WHenry 54.0 2 1/2LWIN: $284.00PLACE: $118.00, $90.00, $140.00Final Time : 1:22.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.2, 1:14.3,Winner : 3yo ch filly – DEPUTY’S REPORT out of byTrainer : CHUNG,TENSANG Owner : GEORGE W MILESBred by GEORGE MILESQuinella : (7,9) $297.00 Exacta : (9-7) $805.00D/E : (3-9) $1,559.00Superfecta : (9-7-4-1) $3,899.00Rolling Triple : (1-3-9) $15,718.00Race 6 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE MAY 19(DIV.I)1. *LIGHT BRIGADE JErwin 54.02. MONEYNEVERSLEEP WHenry 53.0 3L3. RAJ KAPOOR RLunan 53.0 51/2L4. JOHN D LINJAH OFoster 57.0 1L5. YES WE WILL RWilson 57.0 31/2L6. TOKICO RHalledeen 56.0 1/2LWIN: $156.00PLACE: $70.00, $76.00, $117.00Final Time : 1:30.1 Splits : 24.2, 48.3, 1:15.1,Winner : 6yo b horse – TRADITIONAL out of OCEAN LINER by LAW OF THE SEATrainer : TODD,STEVEN M Owner : GARTH A SAMUELSBred by DONALD WILLIAMSQuinella : (3,5) $354.00 Exacta : (3-5) $581.00D/E : (9-3) $645.00Trifecta : (3-5-9) $1,287.00Hit-6 : (3-5-9-11-2-) $41,409.00Rolling Triple : (3-9-3) $3,996.00Super-6 : () $38,379.70Race 7 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS HLewis 52.02. *SOUND OF MIRACLE RHalledeen 54.0 1 1/2L3. STAN ROY SEllis 53.0 1 1/2L4. YOUR EMISSARY BBell 52.0 1 3/4L4. MARIA’S GLORY RLahoe 54.0 3LLate scratch : #1 SEAL THE DEALWIN: $169.00PLACE: $87.00, $83.00, $68.00Final Time : 1:16.0 Splits : 23.3, 48.2, ,Winner : 4yo ch filly – BURNING MARQUE out of EXPLOSIVE PEAK by PYRAMID PEAKTrainer : PIERRE,CHRISTOPHER C Owner : MISS SUCKIEBred by ELAINE MCMASTERQuinella : (4,9) $372.00 Exacta : (4-9) $846.00D/E : (3-4) $461.00Superfecta : (4-9-2-3) $1,025.00Rolling Triple : (9-3-4) $3,142.00Pick-4 : () $23,208.00Race 8 1400 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT FINISHED 1st-2nd SINCE MAY 19(DIV.II)1. *GLORIOUS CAUSE OWalker 54.02. FABULOUSCONNECTION PParchment 54.0 2 1/4L3. WINIT SMuir 57.0 7L4. HATTERAS JAnderson 52.5 1 1/4L5. PAPER N LACE RMcNaughton 55.0 2 1/2LLate scratch : #2 FIRST’K’BOY, #7 THUNDER HEARTWIN: $100.00PLACE: $80.00, $208.00, $102.00Final Time : 1:30.4 Splits : 24.1, 48.2, 1:14.2,Winner : 4yo b filly – TRACKING out of ORPHAN SONG by HAIL ORPHANTrainer : CRAWFORD,GARY L Owner : GARY L CRAWFORDBred by GARY GRIFFITHSQuinella : (6,11) $2,162.00 Exacta : (6-11) $4,600.00D/E : (4-6) $459.00Trifecta : (6-11-9) $2,827.00Hi-5 carry-over : $70,466.50Rolling Triple : (3-4-6) $1,291.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. ROMAN SPY WHenry 56.02. EXPRESS TRUCK RWilson 56.0 Nose3. TURBO MACHINE CBudhai 52.0 1 1/4L4. MIRACLE TRAIN JAnderson 54.0 2L5. BLUE BOMBER BOY DBadaloo 53.0 2 3/4LLate scratch : #2 BASIC INSTINCT, #12 BREATH OF LIFEWIN: $461.00PLACE: $134.00, $68.00, $117.00Final Time : 1:02.3 Splits : 23.4, 48.1, ,Winner : 5yo b horse – RIZZI LEE out of KRYSTAL CELERITY by HOMEBUILDERTrainer : PLUMMER,DONOVAN Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by WAYNE JUNIORQuinella : (3,9) $963.00 Exacta : (3-9) $2,481.00D/E : (6-3) $1,399.00 (6-2) $130.00Trifecta : (3-9-6) $4,332.00Hi-5 : (3-9-6-10-8) $272,028.50Rolling Triple : (4-6-3) $4,760.00Race 10 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. SILVER CLOUD RHalledeen 52.52. *REGALLY BOLD WHenry 54.0 4 1/2L3. ANOTHER BULLET SEllis 53.0 1 1/4L4. SHINE OWhite 50.0 4LWIN: $138.00PLACE: $50.00, $%0.00, $50.00Final Time : 1:33.3 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:12.0,Winner : 3yo gr colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of PREACH PREACHER by ROYAL MINISTERTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : ELIZABETH A DACOSTABred by WAYNE A. DACOSTAQuinella : (7,9) $94.00 Exacta : (9-7) $334.00D/E : (3-9) $2,539.00Superfecta : (9-7-8-1) $941.00Rolling Triple : (6-3-9) $6,828.00Race 11 1400 M (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($600,0-$500,0)NB4YO-NW41. FORCE DE JOUR PFrancis 56.02. *MISS JUANITA RHalledeen 55.0 3 3/43. STAR NEW VISTA SMuir 55.0 2 1/44. DIFERENTGENERATION SEllis 54.0 55. ASIA’S DREAM ISpence 53.0 1/2WIN: $195.00PLACE: $78.00, $80.00, $253.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 23.1, 46.1, 1:11.3,Winner : 4yo colt – SHARP HUMOR out of SONG BIRD TOO byTrainer : MORRIS,WINSTON G Owner : ARTHUR W FOREMANBred by BRANHAM, DOUGQuinella : (4,7) $297.00 Exacta : (7-4) $504.00D/E : (9-7) $651.00Trifecta : (7-4-1) $1,221.00Hi-5 : (7-4-1-9-8) $49,334.00Rolling Triple : (3-9-7) $11,733.00Pick-4 : (6-3-9-7) $18,280.00Super-6 : (3-4-6-3-9-7) $99,346.00 (6 OF 6)Pick-9 : (1-3-9-3-4-6-3-9-7) $1,000,000.00 (9 OF 9)
Kenya on top In Beijing, he did it again with a throw of 92.72 metres. That was enough to make him the third longest thrower of all time. The end result? Kenya beat Jamaica again by one gold medal and topped the table. There was another Kenyan first when Nicholas Bett won the men’s 400 hurdles in a time not far off Winthrop’s 23-year-old Jamaican record. Jamaica has recently made progress in the throws, adding to the accomplishments of Trecia-Kaye Smith, James Beckford and latterly Kimberly Williams in the jumps. Brilliant work has elevated O’Dayne Richards into the company of the world’s best. The same can be said of Pan-American discus winner Fedrick Dacres and Commonwealth bronze medallist Jason Morgan. Still, we need to dig in and develop our ‘non-traditional’ events. Just think. If I told you a year ago that a Kenyan would be world javelin champion, you’d think I spiked my Saturday soup with some white rum. If I told you that Kenya would also win the men’s 400 hurdles, you’d think I had a smoke for dessert to open up my ‘overstanding’. It is a stretch of the imagination to see Jamaicans beating the likes of Asbel Kiprop and Genzebe Dibaba in the 1500 metres. However, there was a time when Jamaicans weren’t world class in anything other than the sprints. So before our non-traditional event records gather more dust, it’s time to open up our collective overstanding. – Hubert Lawrence has taken notes at track side since 1980. It’s almost funny. Jamaica’s 1,500 metres national records turned 20 and 21 this year. Given that we view it as a ‘non-traditional’ event, it’s no wonder time stands still for Jamaica in the metric mile. Twenty-one years ago, Yvonne Graham, the German wife of ace hurdler Winthrop, set off as pacemaker in the renowned Brussels meet. Her assignment was simply to pull the field along. Led by Olympic champion Hassiba Boulemerka of Algeria, the big names ignored Graham. So, instead of dropping out, she kept on going … all the way to a national record of 4 minutes 04.35 seconds. She lowered the mark to 4 minutes 01.84 the following year. In the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, England-based Jamaican Steve Green held on to fifth place and a national record of his own, 3.39.19. That was 21 years ago. Last year, Kenya clinched a position at the top of the Commonwealth Games medal table when Julius Yego beat Olympic champion Keyshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago in the javelin. That historic win gave the Kenyans a tenth gold medal to Jamaica’s nine.
Well-known charity football organiser, Clive ‘Busy’ Campbell, made a passionate plea to the lovers and supporters of the game to play their part in assisting him to help save the lives of endangered young men of the inner-city communities of Allman Town, Kingston Gardens, Woodford Park, Rae Town, Franklyn Town, Tel Aviv and Rose Gardens, who are caught in a life of crime, violence and gang warfare.calling for volunteersCampbell has organised the Peace and Love Six-a-Side Football Competition, scheduled to begin in November, for youths from the respective communities and he is calling on coaches, administrators, former referees and players and persons generally interested in the game to volunteer their time to help mentor these young men.”Talents abound in these communities and all they seek is an opportunity,” Campbell commented at the launch of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial at Cuddyz on Tuesday.”Even though we have numerous schoolboy football competitions, there are many young men in the inner-cities if given the opportunity may just one day make the national team,” he continued.’Busy’, as he is popularly called, said he is willing to escort anyone who is interested in the project to these communities. He strongly believes this gesture would go a far way in helping to inspire some of these young men and assist in forging friendships and peace and love in these (gang) war torn communities, which in the long run will help to stem the scourge of crime engulfing the nation.”Fostering peaceful and loving relationships in communities is the only way we will see a reduction in crime. These young men are crying out for help and no one has the time to listen. So I am asking those who can to spend some time mentoring the young men from these communities,” he said.He added: “In life, the most important thing for me is respect, not money, not power, not glory. Once I have respect, I am okay.”
It wilL be the third meeting between St Jago and St George’s College this season, with the Georgians winning both contests.They meet again in today’s ISSA-FLOW Super Cup semi-final at Sabina Park and St Jago coach, Glen Laing, anticipates a very difficult contest, one in which he believes his players will have to fight very hard to prevail.”They will have to fight, fight. It will be a tough game, because when you play a team twice and it’s a quality team you can expect a very tough challenge,” he said.St George’s won the first meeting 3-2, and in the last game they fired three unanswered goals past the Spanish Town school.Laing noted that it is unlike his players not to score goals and they will be looking to trouble the St George’s net today.”We are designed to score goals based on our attack. We had to give them (players) a wake-up call after the last game. We did some serious talking with them and I expect the perseverance of St Jago to come through,” he continued.Laing declared that the Manning Cup was their prime target, however, he says they will be making every effort to move on to the FLOW Super Cup final as well.”We had STETHS last weekend, and we went through and won that one, so there is no letting up now. We are coming to do the hard work (in semi-final) because we are aiming for the two cups, although the Manning Cup is the one we would prefer,” he added.- Livingston Scott
Disappointed with the low crowd attendance at last weekend’s ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals at Sabina Park, the organisation has changed the venue from the 25,000-capacity National Stadium to Sabina Park for this weekend’s Manning Cup final and third-place play-off matches.George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions officer, told The Gleaner that Saturday’s crowd attendance was “a drop in the bucket”, adding that those numbers would make it unsustainable to host the final at the National Stadium.Despite a low semi-final turnout, two of the competition’s hottest teams featured in last Saturday’s semi-finals. Jamaica College stopped first-time semi-finalists Denham Town High 4-2, while St George’s College eased past Jonathan Grant High 4-1 to set up an intriguing final.”It’s not a cost factor (stadium expense). We just looked at the numbers that came to the semi-finals, and we couldn’t use that number to rent the stadium. It would be a drop in the bucket,” Forbes outlined in a telephone interview.”People always talk about ISSA not giving enough good surfaces to play on, and for the semi-finals, we did, and the crowd was very disappointing.”Only 11,000 capacity will hold in Sabina Park, so the earlier supporters come out, the better.”Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis,” the competitions officer stressed, adding that ISSA’s budget for hosting games is drawn up every two years.Finals day will kick off with a third-place play-off between Jonathan Grant High and Denham Town High at 3 p.m.At 5 p.m., Manning Cup heavy-weights Jamaica College will lock horns with rivals St George’s College.JC will be looking to defend the Manning Cup for the third consecutive season, while favourites St George’s College will be looking to add their first title since 2012.Admission is $500.
LONDON (AP): Tottenham kept up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Leicester by rallying to a 2-1 victory over Swansea, thanks to two goals in eight minutes yesterday. Left back Danny Rose was the surprise match-winner for Spurs, scoring in the 77th minute after Swansea failed to clear a corner properly. Tottenham had 34 attempts on goal, prompting their manager Mauricio Pochettino to tell Spurs TV: “What more you need to do for (to) score? … This is the way that we want to play and you know sometimes football is not mathematical.” Nacer Chadli cancelled out Swansea’s opener by Alberto Paloschi in the 19th minute as the visitors paid for their defensive approach in the second half at White Hart Lane. Pochettino praised Spurs fans for lifting the team after Swansea went ahead. “This was very important for us,” Pochettino said. “‘Thank you’, our supporters. They were brilliant. And ‘thank you’, the players, because the performance and the effort was unbelievable after that Europa League game (Thursday) against Fiorentina.”
POCKETS OF WATER According to the 34-year-old, who was appointed to lead the team at the start of the season, since preseason, preparation started in August, there had been pockets of water on the surface of the field whenever it rained and this was due to improper drainage. This, he said, was subsequently discussed and it was widely believed that if there were to be heavy rain before or during matches, it could seriously affect the outcome. “There were signs during preseason during preparations that if it rained heavily, there could be problems,” Miller outlined. “It, therefore, comes as little surprise to us that since the Windwards game, there has been lengthy delays whenever there is a downpour. “I don’t know where it has gone wrong, as last year, we had rain and we did not have these sort of long delays.” He continued: “I don’t know if it is the football that has been playing at the ground. I cannot say as I am not a professional in that area.” Meanwhile, the Jamaica Cricket Association, who, along with Kingston Cricket Club, through Sabina Park Holdings, owns the venue, said it was aware that there could be a drainage problem. However, according to O’Neil Cruickshank, the operations manager of the JCA, there has been no official assessment of the problem. “There is an acknowledgement that there could be a problem with the drainage system, but we cannot say what it is as that is a technical matter,” stated Cruickshank. “All we can say is that we have been having delays during games and we have had situations like this before where we have had heavy, heavy showers and in 20 to 30 minutes we are playing.” It was also outlined by Cruickshank that in light of the developments, an assessment report is to be done with plans to address the situation from a technical point of view during upcoming breaks in the season. Play is now scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. over the next three days of the match to make up for some of the time lost. Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller believes play could have taken place on yesterday’s first day of their rain-affected third-round Digicel Regional Four-day Championship fixture against leaders Barbados Pride at Sabina Park if the venue had a better drainage system. Play was called off at approximately 2:30 p.m. when the umpires ruled that the ground was unfit for play due to overnight and early morning rain. However, as was the case in the second-round clash between the Jamaica and Windwards Volcanoes last weekend at the venue, where rain prevented play for most of the first day, many felt that had the venue’s waterdrainage system been working properly, there could have been play. “I think the maintenance of the ground needs some urgent work,” said Miller when asked to assess the premature end to day one. “You cannot do anything about the rain, but what you can do is to get your ground ready, and I don’t think our ground is that ready.”
Fellow Far Eastern University spiker Peter Quiel will occupy Dolor’s spot in the roster that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games on Aug. 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur.Team head coach Sammy Acaylar said Dolor’s injury gave the team an even stronger bond in Suwon City as they try to give the Philippines a medal in the SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Dolor was discharged from Soo Hospital last Friday and was set to leave for Manila the same evening before the team asked him to stay. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Greg Dolor, who broke his finger while training in Korea with the Philippine national team, will stay with the squad until it finishes training camp early next month.The decision was made by the entire national team members led by team captain Johnvic De Guzman, who said in Filipino: “We came here as one team, we leave here as one team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Frustrated Alaska ‘has to keep fighting,’ says Compton Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The Razon group promised to preserve the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, Rizal pool, Rizal ballpark and Rizal Football Stadium, the four main facilities identified as historical, but will build high-rise condominiums and commercial establishments within the walls of the RMSC.“It’s more of listening to the athletes, to the Filipinos that majority would like to preserve the place,’’ said Ramirez, who had sleepless nights before the PSC terminated the deal with Manila through a letter sent to Estrada.The PSC chief consulted Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidential Adviser Dennis Uy and other officials in Malacanang as well as his two sons in London and in California before the PSC board decided to stop the negotiations.“My oldest son, Omar, even told me not to leave Rizal memorial and preserve the interests of the athletes. They’re my family. It’s a big thing if the closest people to you say no,’’ said Ramirez.According to Ramirez, they’re looking at constructing one building that could house at least five to eight sports while they keep the historical facilities intact.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES They will also tap an architectural or engineering firm to come up with the master plan of the new RMSC with the construction projected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “After one year of negotiations, it was not the price but it was more of preserving what Rizal Memorial really stands for,’’ said PSC chair Butch Ramirez after the agency ended the negotiations with Manila for its possible sale.Apart from taking care of the national athletes, Ramirez is also concerned about the historical structures housed inside the 10-hectare training venue and will work together with the National Commission for Culture and Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines for its renovation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“In the course of our negotiations, it was identified as a heritage site. We can move out of Rizal Memorial and Manila can take over but I don’t want to be blamed by the athletes and the Filipino people,’’ said Ramirez.Top Manila officials led by mayor Joseph Estrada seriously considered selling the 83-year-old complex to the group of businessman Enrique Razon. A source said it was estimated to be sold at P10-P15 billion. View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will stay on as a concrete reminder of the country’s rich sports history.The Philippine Sports Commission has decided to keep the sprawling sports center in Manila and rehabilitate the facilities inside to continue serving the needs of the national athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ginebra rips Kia for back-to-back wins 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets