Azar breaks silence on Tennis Jamaica impasse

first_imgAs the controversy surrounding an aborted Tennis Jamaica (TJ) election, which took place in November 2015, rages on, presidential candidate John Azar is looking to clear the air, as he disputes the association’s position on the troubled election, among other things. Azar is contesting that he was legitimately elected at the abandoned meeting and is rejecting Tennis Jamaica’s report of what transpired at the election, and noted, contrary to previous communication, that it was his supporters who called for an immediate re-vote, while taking issue with several outlined resolutions ahead of a scheduled re-vote. Tennis Jamaica’s decision to declare last year’s election null and void is also a sticking point for Azar, who noted that this matter is currently before the courts. An election of officers, which took place during Tennis Jamaica’s annual general meeting at the Sports Development Foundation’s conference room on November 19, 2015, was adjourned over what the John Bailey-led TJ administration called an ‘administrative’ error, which saw more than the 77 legitimate voters casting ballots. At the end of the election, Bailey tallied 43 votes to Azar’s 40 – six more than the total number of persons eligible to vote. This led to Tennis Jamaica subsequently declaring the election null and void. Tennis Jamaica, which has rescheduled its election of officers to April 12, has itself bashed who it termed “unscrupulous persons”, and distanced itself from the issue. A lawsuit has since been filed against the organisation and three of its senior members by Joseph Dibbs, who is also a member of Tennis Jamaica. Dibbs is challenging the aborted status of the election and contests that Azar was duly elected President of the organisation at the ill-fated AGM. The suit also demands that the election of other officers be conducted with the same voters’ list. An injunction was also filed against an extraordinary general meeting scheduled for March 3, at the Jamaica Olympic Association, where several resolutions are expected to be deliberated. ‘DELIBERATE ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE’ In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, Azar described the over-voting at last year’s elections as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process. “At their press conference held on December 10, 2015, Tennis Jamaica referred to the over-voting at the November 19 AGM as being “nothing deliberate” and attributed it to “an administrative error”. My view of what transpired is totally different: Over-voting, or the stuffing of a ballot box can only be a very deliberate act clearly designed to hijack the democratic process,” wrote Azar. “For the record, Tennis Jamaica accepts that I received 40 votes on the night in question, while Bailey received 43 votes in the election for president. They also confirm that 77 voters were eligible on the night – either in person or via proxy. The fact is that all 40 votes cast for me have been confirmed and accounted for as sworn affidavits have been signed to that effect. Forty out of 77 is indeed a clear majority,” the release continued. Azar has also called for a list of potential voters and is arguing that resolutions set to be voted on by the membership at the March 3 meeting will change existing rules concerning the eligibility of voters prior to what is considered the continuation of an election.last_img read more

Philpot takes first as Modifieds debut

first_imgJason Philpot took the checkered flag in the North State Modifieds 60-lap main event at the Redwood Acres Raceway on Sunday.Philpot took the lead at the halfway stage and the outcome was rarely in doubt after that, as the Modifieds visited the local raceway for the first time this season.The race for second was one of the most entertaining battles of the night, with Eric Johnson holding off Kris Price, while Randy Houston and Dustin DeRosier rounded out the top five.Houston’s 16.514 mark was …last_img read more

Sachin accepts IOAs invitation to become goodwill ambassador

first_imgNew Delhi, May 3 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today accepted IOAs invitation to become the countrys goodwill ambassador for the Rio Olympics alongside ace shooter Abhinav Bindra and Bollywood star Salman Khan after the controversial actors appointment created an uproar. With Salmans appointment drawing flak from different quarters, including Olympic bronze medal winning wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and former athlete Milkha Singh, who had said the honour should be given to top sportspersons, the Indian Olympic Association had approached Bindra, Tendulkar and celebrated music composer AR Rehman. Both Bindra and Tendulkar accepted the Indian Olympic Associations invitation. “Sachin Tendulkar has accepted our request to become goodwill ambassador of Indian contingent at the Olympics. We have received the official communication from him accepting our request,” IOA Secretary General Rajiv Mehta told PTI. “We are very happy to have an iconic sportsperson like Mr Tendulkar on board as goodwill ambassador. We are thankful to him. We hope his association and the association of other goodwill ambassadors will take Indian sport forward,” he added. Tendulkar today wrote a letter to IOA President N Ramachandran and Mehta, confirming his support for the Rio-bound athletes and expressed willingness to meet the Indian contingent before it departs for Brazil. “It will be my pleasure to meet these world-class athletes before they leave for Rio to learn their experience and preparations. I am also happy to be part of any awareness campaign that can rally the country around our athletes and motivate them, including amplifying their efforts and success on my Twitter and Facebook accounts,” Tendulkar said. Thanking the two IOA officials for the letter, which they had sent to him, dated April 28, Tendulkar wrote: “I have had the privilege and honour of representing our nation for 24 years and I continue to bat for India off the field. The welfare of sportspersons and encouraging them to give their best is very dear to me. “I strongly believe that the sportspersons from different parts of the country, pursuing their unique skills, are the true ambassadors of the growing sporting culture in the country. Awareness about their struggles, discipline and single-minded focus will help develop many more world beating champions and encourage passionate following of the Olympics in our country.” PTI PDS SSR CM AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

AEK Beats PAOK 1-0 as 3 Players, 1 Coach Dismissed

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Three players were sent off and one coach dismissed as AEK beat PAOK 1-0 Sunday to share first place in the Greek league with Atromitos.Marko Livaja scored AEK’s winner in the 25th minute from close range after Andre Simoes’s cross.AEK’s Sergio Araujo and PAOK’s Carlos Zambrano clashed in midfield in the eighth minute. Zambrano got a yellow card for pushing Araujo, while Araujo was dismissed for punching in retaliation.Zambrano was ejected in the 35th with a second yellow card.In second-half injury time, PAOK’s Diego Biseswar pulled up Simoes – claiming he was feigning injury – and then hit Tassos Bakasetas, who tried to intervene. AEK coach Manolo Jimenez was also dismissed for storming the pitch.PAOK stayed in third place, two points behind the leaders.Also Sunday, Olympiakos beat last-place Platanias 5-1, Apollon defeated Giannena 4-3 and Larissa drew 1-1 at Kerkyra.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

New Delhi Two persons were arrested for stabbing

first_imgNew Delhi: Two persons were arrested for stabbing a 16-year-old boy in Budh Vihar area of Rohini. Police said that the accused wanted to teach a lesson to the victim for talking to a girl.They also hurled fake allegations of harassment on the victim. Police identified the accused as Jony (23) and Kala (21). Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) SD Mishra said that on September 17, a PCR call was received in Budh Vihar police station. On enquiry, it was revealed that a quarrel had taken place between some boys and the injured. He had sustained stab injuries in his abdomen and grievous injuries on his head. DCP Rohini further said that both the accused disclosed that victim used to stalk the girlfriend of one of their friends due to which he incurred inimical feeling towards him. DCP Mishra said that the allegation of stalking turned out to be fake.last_img read more