President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake would like to see sport being given its own ministry, as well as the development of more regional sporting facilities, when the new government unfolds. Blake told The Gleaner that a separate ministry for sport would aid in the long-term planning and development of sports locally. “The importance of sports to Jamaica has really grown, especially over the last four years, it has grown tremendously and there are really lots of things that sports can do for this country,” Blake told The Gleaner at the G.C. Foster Classics at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport on Saturday. “Having a separate ministry for sports would help make this happen and it would help not only track and field, but all sports, so you could start to plan long-term for the development of the country,” he added. Dr Blake added that he would like to see more synthetic track and field surfaces being built across the island. The only all-weather tracks which exist currently in Jamaica are at the G.C. Foster College, the National Stadium, Stadium East, Calabar High School and the Montego Bay Sports Complex. “I would like to see the development of a number of mini-stadia across the island so that synthetic surfaces could be not only in Kingston and Montego Bay. There is none in the centre or the eastern end of the island, so we would like to see more synthetic surfaces placed across the island,” Blake said.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Paras has expressed his willingness to join the early buildup of the cadet team in the summer tournament, where he join players in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-2023” list.Reyes thinks it’s a great chance for Paras to finally see action in a more consistent basis, after playing sparingly during his collegiate career in the United States.“On the contrary, he should look forward to coming home and finally playing. We’re fine if he’s not here, the program is still going to continue,” he said.“He should look forward to playing because I made that statement that there’s no Filipino player whoever went to the US NCAA and came back a better player because the operative word was playing. If you go to the US and sit, you’re not going to get better,” he said. “I hope Kobe should be looking forward to coming home and playing, getting a chance to finally actually playing on the court. He should be looking forward to that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I’m in touch with Benjie (Paras) and we’re talking regarding the possibility,” he said.The younger Paras earlier announced his decision to leave the confines of Cal State Northridge, saying he’s “turning pro.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut with opportunity of helping the country opening up, Antonio said that the popular swingman has committed to the national team.“Kobe will be basing himself in the Philippines in the meantime, and I’m very thankful and glad that Kobe is very committed to the Gilas program. He’s very important and he’s gonna play a major role,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs far as Gilas Pilipinas is concerned, Kobe Paras is here to stay.National team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the high-flying 20-year-old will play for the Gilas cadets squad seeing action in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’