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KINGSTON---President of Netball
Jamaica Marva Bernard has expressed
outrage over threats made to members of
the team which just participated in the
Netball World Cup in Australia.
The Sunshine girls returned to the
island Monday from Sydney after failing to
win a medal in the tournament which had
participation from four Caribbean
Bernard has not disclosed the nature of
the threats to her players but described
them as 'awful' and claimed they were
made by persons known to the national
"But one of the biggest
disappointments I feel, and these ladies
(players) feel, is that people have posted
things on social media threatening them,"
Bernard told journalists.
The Jamaicans later slumped to a 44-66
defeat to their number three ranked rivals
England, in the bronze medal match at the
Allphones Arena on Sunday.
"There were some awful things posted
on social media and it reflected so badly
on us as a people, because our social
media page is very strong in Australia,
New Zealand and England," said Bernard.
"This is what we have to deal with and
they gave it their all; these ladies have to
be respected and the negativity and bile
that came at some of these girls were
hard to take". (CMC)
Netball chief outraged over threats to players
YANNIC CARIAH hit
79 in his team s 54-run
win over York Senior
League President s XI
in the UK on Monday.
Johnson and Mitchell
Starc in the nets isn t
my definition of fun."
CHRIS ROGERS on
looking forward to
(Ext: 2069, 2071,
BEIJING---He set world records, won
Olympic gold medals, danced on the track
and made the sprint game feel fun again.
One thing Usain Bolt cannot do, he
insists, is serve as the lone saviour for track
"I can t do it by myself," Bolt said yes-
Back in Beijing, where he set three world
records and won three gold medals at the
2008 Olympics, The World s Fastest Man
is preparing for the world championships
this time around.
But his news conference yesterday was
less about reminiscing and more about the
topic that has swallowed up his sport of
"People say I need to win for the sport,"
he said. "But there are a lot of other athletes
who are running clean, and they ve been
running clean their whole career. It s not
just on me but on all the athletes."
A report this summer from German
broadcaster ARD and The Sunday Times
in Britain found that 146 Olympic and
world championship medals in middle-
and long-distance races were won by ath-
letes who have recorded suspicious tests.
The International Association of Athletics
Federations has strongly denounced the
report while defending its anti-doping
Even while his own country, Jamaica,
has come under scrutiny for its less-than-
robust anti-doping program, Bolt has
remained unscathed. But when he lines
up in the final Sunday (assuming he makes
it), his main competition figures to come
from American sprinters Justin Gatlin and
Tyson Gay and Jamaican team-mate Asafa
Powell, all of whom have served doping
suspensions over their careers.
One reporter equated the race to a show-
down between good (Bolt) and evil (Gatlin).
Neither runner bought into that.
"I m not trying to win any popularity
contests or win anybody over," Gatlin said
in an interview with The Associated Press,
shortly after Bolt s news conference ended.
"I m trying to do what I m supposed to
do. Hopefully my actions on the track will
show that to the people who really care.
That s all that really matters."
Gatlin, who has this year s best time at
9.74 seconds, can race because rules specif-
ically ensure that an athlete who has doped
can return to the sport if he s served out
his suspension. Some find this unfair. Bolt
doesn t want to wade into that debate,
"Rules are rules and are there for a rea-
son," Bolt said. "If the rules say you can
get back in the sport, I can t do anything
about it. I abide by the rules and that s
pretty much all."
Bolt, who turns 29 today, pointed at his
left hip and described what s been holding
him back this year as a joint problem that
prevents him from getting to full power
on his stride. He s raced in only one meet
all season, where he ran a 9.87 in the 100,
but said recent training sessions have been
"It s frustrating when you can t go out
and prove yourself," he said.
But his coach, Glen Mills, has been smil-
ing and giving Bolt the thumbs-up after
recent practice sessions.
"For me, I m not worried about any-
thing," Bolt said. "As long as my coach is
Along with his health, some time at the
news conference was spent getting caught
up on the really important stuff:
• His goatee will stay for the worlds.
He s superstitious and wants to stick with
that look for now, and a clean shave when
the Olympics come.
• At the Beijing Olympics, Bolt dined
almost exclusively on Chicken McNuggets.
He said there s better food available this
time---and, at 29, he needs to be more
careful about what he eats, anyway---so
that won t be his diet.
• In 2008, his birthday fell during the
Olympics, and fans at the Bird s Nest ser-
enaded him with "Happy Birthday"---one
of the many memorable moments he
enjoyed that year. This time, though, it
falls on the day before the start of com-
petition. "Zero plans for tomorrow," he
said. "I m sure someone will get me a cake."
Then, the subject turned back to per-
"All I ve been hearing about the past
couple weeks is doping, doping, doping,"
Bolt said. "It definitely is sad that it s in
the forefront of the world championships,
and it s not about the competition that s
coming up. For me, it s sad but I can t do
anything about it because you re the ones
writing about it."
Bolt---saviour or not?
In this August 16, 2008, file photo, Olympic 100-metre
champion Usain Bolt, of Jamaica, runs his victory lap
during the athletics competitions in the National
Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Bolt
is back at the Bird's Nest, this time for world
championships, the biggest meet he'll run in before
next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. AP PHOTO
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