VETERAN cyclist Junior Niles continued his dominance of cycling on the local scene when he won the feature 35-lap race of the 12th annual Laparkan Holdings sponsored 11-race cycle programme which was organised by cycling coach Hassan Mohammed,and staged around the outer circuit of the National Park yesterday.Niles, who along with Mark Harris, Brighton John and Paul Cho-Wee-Nam,broke from the group after two laps and established a sizeable lead.However,after the 20th lap, John dropped back while Harris, Cho-Wee-Nam and Niles continued to lead.John,before being outpaced, had captured one of the eight prime prizes that were up on offer for the eventWith six laps remaining in the fast-paced event, Cho-Wee-Nam, Harris and Niles were mixed with the stragglers and stayed with them until there were two laps remaining.They then surged ahead of the chasing pack and while heading for the finish, Niles outsprinted his rivals and was never really challenged.Harris,who finished second and Cho-Wee-Nam who settled for third,both put in creditable performances.Niles,who won one of the prime prizes,clocked one hour,18 minutes and 53.81 seconds in winning the race.Cho-Wee-Nam and Harris won two prime prizes each.In the race for the other top three places, Hamzah Eastman outsprinted Shaquille Agard to take fourth.Agard finished in fifth while Kemuel Moses came sixth.In other results from the day’s activity, John was the first to cross the finish line in the 10-lap race for juveniles. Second was Jaheel Jackson while finishing third was Raphael Leung.The three-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Oziah McAulley,ahead of Stephon Gobin, while John Niles won the two-lap race for BMX boys and Girls 6-9 years old.Jeremiah Harrison was the winner of the BMX boys three-lap race. Second was Shay Sue-Hang and finishing third was Zab James.Theran Garbarran won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years old, while Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age. Second was Linden Blackman.Lennox Jackman won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age,ahead of Junior Niles and ralph Williams,respectively.Prior to making the presentation of prizes to the respective winners, Human Resources Manager of Laparkan Holdings Limited,Lynette Shiwlochan,thanked cycling coach Hassan Mohamed for organizing the event and also congratulated the participants.Shiwlochan,who has been the company’s Human Resources manager for the past three years, expressed Laparkhan’s commitment to sponsoring the programme for years to come.Mohamed thanked the company for staying on board and noted that all the participants were winners, even though some may not have secured podium places.
POUDEROYEN and Kuru Kuru are through to the next round of the Turbo Knockout Football tournament last evening at the Ministry of Education Ground Carifesta Avenue.In the first game, Kuru Kuru were 2-0 winners over West Demerara side,Uitvlugt, after Cordel Johnson gave them the lead in the 7th.Omarion Savory would double it up two minutes later in the 17th to ensure that the West Dem side would continue on in the tournament.In the other game, it was a back and forth between Pouderoyen and Riddim Squad with the former winning 4-3 after extra time.Rolex Smith opened the scoring for the Riddim Squad side in the 25th, before Pouderoyen’s, Esan Nelson, responded in the 47th.It wouldn’t be long before Teon Jones would once again gift Riddim Squad with the lead once more in the 52nd, with Marvin Griffith again levelling it up in the 62nd.For the first time in the game, the Pouderoyen side would take the lead through Marvin Frank in the 69th, and it took a desperate scramble to ensure the equaliser which came through Darrel Stuart in the fourth minute of Injury time (90+4)The winner eventually need a keeper’s touch from Quasy Alleyne 90 + 8th minute to bring the game home for the Pouderoyen side.Matches will continue next Wednesday.
By Gene Cherry(REUTERS) – World Athletics said on Monday it was willing to move the dates of the 2021 world championships in Eugene, Oregon, to accommodate postponing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for a year.“World Athletics has already been in discussion with the Oregon 21 Organising Committee regarding the possibility the Olympic Games may move to next year and they in turn have held discussions with their key stakeholders and have reassured us they will work with all of their partners and stakeholders to ensure that Oregon is able to host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary,” athletics’ global governing body said in a statement.The Oregon world championships are currently scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021 but Oregon organisers said it would be possible to hold the championships on an alternative date.“The Organising Committee of Oregon 21 is aware of the possibility of date changes should the 2020 Olympic Games be postponed to the summer of 2021,” organisers said in a statement.“We have discussed this possibility with all our key stakeholders and can reassure World Athletics that we will work with them to ensure that Oregon can still host the World Athletics Championships on alternative dates should that prove necessary.”
For some athletes, the response to injury can prompt mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance, according to the NCAA.That’s why, after Syracuse athletes undergo surgery, Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Brad Pike now offers them an idea for dealing with what may follow.“Hey, the counselor is available. It’s completely cool to do it,” Pike tells athletes. “… We kind of strongly push them to see our therapist,” Pike said later.Roughly one in five adults in the United States suffer from mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Two experts and numerous studies suggest that athletes may be at greater risk. NBA star Kevin Love and NFL star Brandon Marshall are among athletes to have gone public with their battles with mental illness.Last September, Syracuse Athletics made two therapists available exclusively for athletes. Both worked 20 hours per week. On March 19, SU Athletics positioned a single full-time therapist for athletes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our mental health services were a direct result of input that we got from student athletes at ACC meetings and at the NCAA convention in 2017,” Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack said. “I came back and said, ‘We’ve got to provide more support services, more help in that area.’”A 2016 NCAA survey of nearly 21,000 Division I, II and III college athletes indicated that about 30 percent of students self-reported feeling “intractably overwhelmed” a month prior to the survey. A 2016 Drexel University study surveyed 465 athletes at Division I programs and found that nearly 24 percent of the athletes reported a “clinically relevant” level of depressive symptoms, and 6 percent reported moderate to severe symptoms.In March 2016, the NCAA published a guideline with best practices regarding mental illness, which includes encouraging schools to provide a therapist. Before that, the NCAA didn’t have a set of practices laid out.“Because college athletes are expected to play at such a high level of competition, especially in Division I, they have enormous pressure to perform and maintain their place on a team,” said Ellen deLara, an associate professor emerita in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. “This can help to create an atmosphere for them that promotes a lot of stress, which in and of itself can lead to anxiety and depression.”Athletes can also use medication, mindfulness training and yoga to promote a healthier atmosphere, deLara said.deLara said an important first step to better understanding the mental health issues associated with athletes lies in uprooting the stigma that poor mental health is tied to weakness. She said the stigma may trace back to ancient Greek sculptures, as they represent the “perfect specimen of a person.” In a similar way, athletes are considered to be a model, she said.In a growing “achievement-based culture,” there may be an increase in the percentage of athletes experiencing mental health issues over the next five to 10 years, said Robin Scholefield, a psychologist at the University of Southern California and associate director of the school’s clinical and sport psychological services for athletics. She consults with Division I and Olympic athletes. Oftentimes, she suggests mindfulness: The process of bringing one’s attention to the present moment through exercises focused on the breath.Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorScholefield said the key distinction between how athletes respond to mental health issues versus nonathletes is that athletes usually register fatigue and lack of motivation before sadness. This contrasts with nonathletes, who may experience sadness first.She said signs of stress specifically among college athletes include complaints of stomach or headaches, as well as dizziness.Mood swings, increased irritability and emotional outbursts also are signs because they may be an indication of an underlying stress issue, Scholefield said. The pressures of attending every practice, as well as quickly recovering from injury, contribute to athletes’ mental health issues.Cory Wallack, the director of Syracuse’s Counseling Services, said the primary benefit of a therapist in Manley resides in accessibility. He noted that last school year the trek from Manley Field House to the Counseling Center on Walnut Place is “about as far across SU property one can go.” Should demand increase, SU Athletics may expands its therapy services, he said.“Their ability to blend and be just another student is not possible,” Wallack said. “Where else do you have a student who can also be criticized as readily by the student population in an acceptable manner? Think about the missed free throw, the missed touchdown catch, the fill-in-the-blank. There’s just a heap ton of pressure there.”Wallack said members of all SU teams utilize the service.“Around the country, I think we’re on the front end of what’s about to be an explosion,” Wallack said. “You’re going to see a whole heap of specialists who are working with college student-athletes. The NCAA is treating mental health as a public health crisis at the level it needs to be treated.”Wallack said it’s integral that anyone, including athletes, not wait until they have mental health issues before seeing a therapist. That aligns with the NCAA report released two years ago: The guidelines emphasize mental health screening tools and written mental health referral plans — all before athletes even appear in their first collegiate athletic event.“We’re trying to get the point that mental health is just as important as physical health,” Pike said. “Or probably more important than physical health.” Comments Published on April 30, 2018 at 10:31 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+
His leadership on and off the pitch has seen him earn the trust of head coach Francis Kimanzi who bestowed the responsibility of donning the armband on him.“I really feel happy to have been given this chance to captain the team. This is my first time ever playing in CECAFA and I am happy that so far we have started well winning the first game,” Onyango told Capital Sport.He added; “My wish would be to see the team defend the title. We prepared very well for this tournament and we are working hard in every game to win. We have a young group and everyone wants to show their worth. We want to emulate the women’s team which won in Tanzania and also take the Cup home.”Harambee Stars captain Joash Onyango during the opening match of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Tanzania at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluStars started their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Tanzania and will face Sudan in the second match on Tuesday afternoon. Victory in the game will assure Starlets of a place in the semi-finals, with the last game against Zanzibar set to determine whether or not they top the pool.“We don’t know much about them (Sudan) but we will take the match as it comes. We have to remain disciplined tactically and ensure we execute the plan that the coach has for us,” Onyango noted.Meanwhile, Onyango says the fact that they have many new faces in the team is a motivation in itself as it will ensure the team performs well with each player eager to show they should be in the senior team.“Everyone here is working hard to break into the senior team for next year’s AFCON qualifiers. The coach always insists that he will give players positions on merit and that is why everyone is working hard here,” further noted the captain.0Shares0000(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Kenya team that started against Tanzania during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Lugogo Arena on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Joash Onyango says he is determined to ensure Harambee Stars successfully defends its CECAFA Senior Challenge title, and notes he is motivated after being handed the armband to lead the team at the tournament in Kampala, Uganda.Onyango has been on a steady rise since earning his debut for the national team in September 2018 during Kenya’s shock 1-0 win over Ghana in a 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi.