‘I wanted the gold more’, says Alphanso Cunningham

first_img optimistic team “Come October, it will be tough, tough. But let’s see; the world may very well be at my feet,” he warned ominously of the World Athletics Championship scheduled for Doha in October. With Jamaica’s camp going into those Games hoping for a medal per member, Jones, who spoke to The Gleaner from Toronto yesterday, maintains that “a podium finish per day is on the cards”. “I am not going with a medal per member, I am expecting a podium finish a day from the team,” he said. “I am optimistic about the team we have here,” Jones said. Meanwhile, coach Neville Sinclair evaluated Team Jamaica’s performances on Monday as quite encouraging. “Alphanso (Cunningham), predictable in the way he focuses, handled the competition and delivered. He is a model athlete,” the coach assured. The Jamaicans were on the hunt for more medals yesterday, with Sylvia Grant in the women’s F56/57 shot put, while Tanto Campbell is on a medal charge in men’s F54/55/56. Jamaicans are being urged to support the Para Pan team on of the Jamaica Paralympic Association website for daily updates and videos at www.jamaicaparalympic.com. Like a true ambassador, Alphanso Cunningham answered his country’s call, led from the front for Jamaica’s six-member contingent and struck an early gold in the men’s discus F51/52/53/57 Class at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games on Monday night. The country’s Paralympic star thrower opened the medal count, yet again, and set the tone for what is expected to be ‘a-podium-finish-a-day’ for Jamaica, according to chef de mission, Edmund Jones. Despite being already used to the big stage and competing under pressure at the highest level, the Jamaican delivered spectacularly as promised. “The guys showed grit and determination, but I suspect I wanted the gold more,” he outlined of his gold medal effort. Cunningham’s class is known, having achieved a world record 24.30 metres in the men’s F52-53 Javelin at the IPC Paralympic World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, two years ago. The Jamaican, who clearly has no intention of slowing down, is already looking forward to more international dominance.last_img read more

UEFA charges AEK Athens and Ajax after violent scenes in Greece

first_img 2 A petrol bomb exploded in the Ajax end Police clashed with visiting fans A man left the stands of the AEK fans to throw fireworks into the Ajax stand. pic.twitter.com/WnaoQn5rH9— AFC Ajax 💫 (@TheEuropeanLad) November 27, 2018AEK, meanwhile, had been fined 64,000 euros (£57,900) following problems at the game against Bayern Munich during October.UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body also handed out a partial stadium closure sanction “where its ultra-supporters are situated”, which was suspended for a 12-month probationary period.Given the developments from Tuesday’s matches, both clubs could now face those measures being implemented as well as any additional punishments from the governing body.Ajax won the game in Athens 2-0 to secure progress through to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since 2005. 2 UEFA has charged both AEK Athens and Ajax following the violent scenes at their Champions League match on Tuesday night.Ajax fans were attacked before kick off in the Greek capital as home supporters threw flares into the stands housing the Dutch supporters.center_img Matthijs de Ligt urging Ajax fans to calm down tonight after flares were thrown from both sides. What a captain he is at only 19! pic.twitter.com/Tmv3V8x1mA— Dutch Football (@FootballOranje_) November 27, 2018There were, though, further crowd disturbances during the second half, with several firecrackers being set off.Members of both teams were seen to be rubbing their eyes as smoke drifted across the stadium.Governing body UEFA will deal with the case on Thursday, December 13. AEK face charges under article 16 of UEFA’s disciplinary code, for the throwing of objects, the setting off of fireworks, a field invasion by supporters, crowd disturbances and displaying an illicit banner. The Greek club also have a case to answer over “insufficient organisation” and blocked stairways.Ajax, meanwhile, have also been charged with the setting off of fireworks and the throwing of objects. BEELDEN: De fakkels vliegen door de lucht en een flinke explosie in het vak van Ajax. #aekaja #ajax #aek #ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/Fg2AcWx3YD— Jarno Grob (@Jarno_AT5) November 27, 2018On Friday, November 23, both clubs were handed out sanction by UEFA following previous incidents.After issues during the away match against Benfica, Ajax were handed a fine of 8,000 euros (£7,240) with a suspended sanction “for a probationary period of one year” of a ban from selling tickets to its away supporters. The Dutch club were also ordered to contact Benfica “for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters.” Photos showed police officers hitting Ajax fans, leaving some of them caked in blood in the away end.Footage posted on social media also appeared to show a man leaving the AEK stands to throw a molotov cocktail at the Ajax supporters.Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt went over to the visiting fans and tried to calm the situation.last_img read more