Help universities, colleges, clubs to unearth talent – Francis

first_imgMVP Track Club’s head coach, Stephen Francis, feels Jamaica’s sprinting programme will never replace nine-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, but he has urged track and field’s stakeholders to assist the universities, colleges and clubs to develop and turn out future world class talents. “Well I think we are going to have a problem obviously when Usain Bolt decides to call it a day. There is no obvious replacement it appears on the male side,” he said. Francis was, however, quick to point out that Bolt, the only man in history to win three consecutive triple track and field gold medals at the Olympics is the standard bearer, but he is hoping to discover the next big male athlete at his MVP track base. “I think at UTech we have a programme which would probably like to turn up somebody, but I don’t think there is anybody who can even begin to compare to Usain,” said Francis. He admitted that Jamaica’s current and upcoming stock of athletes will be of a lower level. “The people who we have … are at a lower level,” Francis reasoned. Bolt who is coached by Francis’ counterpart Glen Mills, is the fastest man ever at 100 and 200 metres with his records standing at 9.58 and 19.19 seconds respectively. Francis was speaking at an official welcome home function on Tuesday night inside the Pineapple Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport. He, and members of the MVP Track Club, had just returned home from their camp in Europe. They had travelled to compete on the Diamond League circuit, following outstanding performances at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “Right now we are dependent on UTech, UWI, GC Foster and Mico to make a contribution to allow these kids to study and train at the same time and we have to make sure that, that contribution does not diminish,” Francis said. According to the veteran coach who has nurtured numerous Olympic and IAAF World Championships stars, Jamaica’s programme needs to ensure that people like medical personnel get the experience that they desire and the clubs are not heavily penalised when they try to acquire gym equipment and technology for their athletes. “Those are the things that we need. We don’t want to be like the football people who try from top up, then they hire a great coach and try to make things happen without investing from the bottom,” he warned. ALLOW TO STUDY AND TRAINlast_img read more

‘Klopp will pull a hamstring at this rate!’ – Liverpool fans laugh as ANOTHER key player gets injured

first_img Jordon Ibe and Jurgen Klopp Hamstring was the sh*t word of 2015 for Jurgen Klopp, but 2016 isn’t looking much better.Reports emerged on Thursday that Jordon Ibe – who scored the winner in the League Cup at Stoke on Tuesday night – has become the latest to succumb to a hamstring problem.That makes it seven players currently sidelined with the same muscular problem and the 13th of separate case of its type since Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers in October.It’s rotten luck for the Reds, particularly ahead of a busy schedule that includes Friday night’s trip to Exeter in the FA Cup and crunch Premier League games with Arsenal and Manchester United next week.Many of the Anfield faithful took to Twitter to express their disbelief at the news, and some of the best reactions are below: [View the story “Liverpool fans laugh at latest injury setback” on Storify]center_img 1last_img read more