Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan wants to make clay shooting a less-expensive sport for youngsters, noting plans are under way to make it more inclusive to allow more high schools to compete at the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) level over the next two years.Azan is mindful that the sport might not be open and affordable to all young Jamaicans at the moment, but is hoping to help offset those challenges by attracting more sponsorship.”The goal is to get this (clay shooting) under the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) umbrella in 2017 or 2018, and that is going to get the sport to a different level,” he pointed out to The Gleaner in a recent interview.LOWER COSTHe continued; “It’s going to open the sport to total Jamaica, because if we can get corporate sponsorship into this sport where we can lower the cost of shooting, then we can open it to all Jamaican Schools.”Azan lauded the Sports Development Foundation, sponsors, and other local organisations, which have helped to make the sport bigger.”I am going to tell you that with the help of certain associations, the plan is to grow itmore … if you noticed Mr (Denzil) Wilks was here from the Sports Development Foundation (SDF) and the secretary general Christopher Samuda from the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was supposed to be here, but extended his apologies,” he said last Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.While praising the showing by the young talents there, the skeet club boss wants to open up the floor for even more girls and boys, who he wants to be on the same quality as overseas talents.”We are achieving a lot from year to year, my dream is where do the boys go from here and where do I view the over-seas tournaments and I think we are getting there, I see us getting closer and closer,” he outlined. “The overall picture is very positive.””The other thing that pleases me is that, we have 12 girls shooting, it’s one of those sports that bring girls into it and girls can do well,” added Azan.More than 70 shooters competed at the annual Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship at the most recent event last weekend.
Christian Eriksen has been hailed better than Beckham Christian Eriksen scored a stunning free-kick to help guide Tottenham through to the Capital One Cup final, but how good was it really?The Dane’s goal prompted many to compare him to Man United and England legend David Beckham, who spent pretty much his entire career nonchalently curling the ball in from all sorts of angles.But is Eriksen really in the same league as Goldenballs? Take a look at his effort and arguably Becks’ most famous free-kick below and let us know who comes out on top… 1
Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have been put on high alert after the agent of Ivan Rakitic appeared to plunge the midfielder’s future into doubt.All three Premier League clubs have been linked with the Croatian midfielder in the past but he appeared content at Barcelona having played 36 times in La Liga last term.However, the competition for places at the Nou Camp has intensified following the shock arrival of Andre Gomes and reports in Spain have suggested that Rakitic could be about to leave.Miquel Sors, who is an agent who works on behalf of the 28-year-old, took to Twitter just hours after Gomes’ arrival and wrote ‘Creo que es hora de irse…’ which translates as ‘it’s time to leave’.And the cryptic message has been taken as a clear indication by the Spanish press that Rakitic may look to find a new club where he will be guaranteed regular first-team football next season.There are currently nine midfielders vying for just a trio of places behind Barca’s three-pronged attack of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.Rakitic is currently high in the pecking order but reports have suggested that talks regarding a new deal have not progressed.And that could open the door for one of his Premier League rivals to manoeuvre what would be one of the deals of the summer by landing the talented playmaker. Is Croatia playmaker Ivan Rakitic set to leave Barcelona this summer? 1