PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, is backing Nesta Carter to convince the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he is innocent of any wrongdoing after he tested positive for a banned substance retrospectively.Carter, who was found to have methylhexaneamine in his urine at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, lost the gold medal he had earned in the 4×100 metres.That result also affected Usain Bolt, Michael Frater, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater.According to Samuda, the JOA has supported Carter in his bid to clear his name from day one.“I was the one from JOA who called him (Carter) when the news was communicated to us, and from that phone call, we have been supporting him,” he said.“We have had meetings with him, [and] we have had meetings with the management of his club in Jamaica (MVP Track Club) in relation to the issues involving the case, as well as in terms of the strategy that should be employed.“We have been very close to him and giving him the support. He’s one of our national athletes and has acquitted himself very well, and we are obliged to do it as a national organisation, and that is our culture – to support our national athletes whenever anything like this occurs. It was just natural for us to do so.”Samuda also pointed out that if Carter had his case overturned, there may be more instances of persons taking instances of retrospective punishments to the CAS.
When these teams first met in the league last season the Gunners ran out 3-0 winners, but that defeat proved to be the catalyst for the Blues, as it prompted Antonio Conte to change to his preferred 3-4-3 formation. What followed was a 13-match winning streak.When Arsenal travelled to Stamford Bridge for the return match they were beaten 3-1, but they were victorious at Wembley when the two teams met in the FA Cup final, where goals from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez helped them to a 2-1 win.The two capital clubs have played each other since then – a pre-season friendly which Chelsea won 3-0 in China – but the Community Shield will be a real test of both sides with the 2017-18 season fast approaching.While today’s match may be a charity friendly, Wenger and Conte will expect their teams to give their all as they look to begin the new campaign with full bragging rights.Wenger has a decision to make on whether to involve Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean was handed an extended summer break following the Confederations Cup and only returned to training on Tuesday after suffering from illness meaning both he and Shkodran Mustafi, who also played in the tournament, could be left on the sidelines.Club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette and fellow new recruit Sead Kolasinac are in line to feature but, while Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are expected to be fit after minor niggles, Francis Coquelin (ankle), Gabriel (knee) and Jack Wilshere (leg) miss out.Diego Costa’s continued exile and Eden Hazard’s broken ankle mean Chelsea will have a new-look strike-force.Strikers Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi could be deployed together, while Pedro could play with a protective mask following the facial injury sustained in the Beijing friendly against the Gunners.Tiemoue Bakayoko, the midfielder signed from Monaco this summer, has a knee injury, but Victor Moses is free to play despite his dismissal in May’s FA Cup final. His ban applies in the Premier League season opener against Burnley.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kick-off: 2pmArsenal and Chelsea resume their London rivalry at Wembley today as the FA Cup winners and Premier League champions battle for more silverware in the Community Shield.In a repeat of the 2015 edition, which the Gunners won 1-0, both teams get a chance for an early victory ahead of this weekend, when the Premier League kicks off.
This trip which is the first time an NPFL U15 player visits Spain, reinforces LaLiga and NPFL’s commitment to develop grassroots and juvenile football in the country. Since its inception in 2017, the tournament has seen over 900 players participate and has also presented the opportunity for over 200 youth coaches to be professionally trained.Joel expressed his delight on having the opportunity to visit Spain and train with Malaga C.F. He said, “It has been my desire to play in Europe and it was a dream come true to have this experience. Although I spent a short time with the team, I learnt a lot and developed my skills especially in terms of my tactical and positional play. I also enjoyed exploring the beautiful city of Malaga and since I returned, my wish is to become a legend of Malaga CF”.Speaking about the initiative, LaLiga Delegate in Nigeria, Guillermo Perez Castello said, “We want to thank Malaga C.F for giving Peter the opportunity to nurture and develop his talent. We hope that this platform continues to enable as well as encourage other upcoming youngsters across the world to pursue their football dreams”.“We are once again delighted to have the opportunity to help in developing young talents across Nigeria. This country is very passionate about football and we will continue to aid its development through our partnerships particularly with the NPFL”, Guillermo Perez Castello added.Also commenting, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, expressed his excitement with the outcome of the tournament and the impact it is making on young footballers in Nigeria.“We are excited about the opportunities this tournament is creating for young players like Peter, the trip to Spain to train with LaLiga team, Malaga was a reward for Peter’s overall brilliant performance that helped won his team a bronze medal. We are committed to developing football from the grassroots as we believe this has a great impact on football development in the country. We’d like to thank our partners, LaLiga who have been supporting us on this project since its inception two years ago”.The NPFL-LaLiga U-15 Promises Tournament which was modelled after the LaLiga Promises tournament in Spain was created to properly develop young talents using the LaLiga methodology and encourage NPFL Clubs to set up and maintain youth structures.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Peter Joe 2019 NPFL/LaLiga U15 Promises Tournament MVP, Peter Joel, has returned from his LaLiga training in Spain.Joel helped his team, Delta Force F.C., to a third place finish at the 2019 edition of the tournament earlier in the year before travelling to Malaga, Spain last month where he trained with the Malaga C.F youth team.As part of the trip, Joel was able to enjoy very closely the Malaguista team and toured the La Rosaleda stadium and the city of Malaga.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center welcomes Fred Hiebert, archaeologist and Co-Principal Investigator on the Genghis Khan project, as our speaker for the January 25th National Geographic presentation. Previously scheduled speaker, Albert Yu-Min Lin, will not be able to join us that evening due to the imminent arrival of his newest family member! While we are sad that Albert will not be able to join us, we are thrilled to have his colleague provide a unique perspective on the same project.From National Geographic:“Archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert has searched for human history in some of the world’s most remote and romantic places for more than 20 years. An expert on the ancient Silk Road, he has excavated sites along this millennia-old path between Europe and Asia. His findings in a 4,000-year-old city in Turkmenistan made headlines around the world. In 2004 Hiebert rediscovered, catalogued, and returned to the National Museum in Kabul, Afghanistan the treasure trove of 20,000 Bactrian gold pieces that had gone missing during that country’s decades of war and upheaval. He went on to serve as curator of National Geographic’s touring exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures. He has also searched for submerged civilizations underwater in the Black Sea with Dr. Robert Ballard, in South America’s highest body of water, Lake Titicaca, and off the coast of Cuba.Hiebert completed his doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1992. He joined the National Geographic Society as its Archaeology Fellow in 2003. He also holds active positions with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, and Robert Ballard’s Institute for Exploration.”Tickets for the original speaker are still valid on January 25th, 2013. Patrons who wish to change their tickets are asked to contact the Washington Center Box Office at 360-753-8586.