By Tamica GarnettTHE Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), in collaboration with the National Sports Commission (NSC), and philanthropic organisation, We HOPE Inc., yesterday launched the inaugural Track and Field Camp, which begins today and will culminate with the hosting of a meet on Saturday at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.The event was officially launched yesterday at the National Resource Centre, with AAG president Aubrey Hutson, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, and president of We HOPE Inc, Claudia John, among others at the head table.John, an overseas-based Guyanese, through her organisation, has donated 100 spikes to the young athletes, with her donation coming fittingly when the AAG is setting about to host the camp.The drive behind the camp is to address certain areas in which athletics in Guyana has been lacking, impeding on the fraternities’ ability to make it on the world stage, according to Hutson.“The AAG, through its commitment to the IAAF, holds track and field camps in Guyana to deal with the three aspects that we feel are the reasons why we are not producing world calibre athletes. One of them is the adequate technical training, secondly nutrition, and thirdly to be able to have athletes operate together so that we can achieve the goals that we would like to see.” Hutson explained. Hutson went on to highlight John’s contribution to the whole initiative.The camp will be functioning to develop both the athletes and coaches, and is expected to involve some 100 athletes and over 30 coaches, who will be encamped for the one-week period at the Leonora Secondary School, next door to the synthetic track facility.Also involved in the camp will be former Grenada Olympian and current U.S. track coach Joel Phillip, who will be working along with and lending technical and guidance to, the coaches here. Phillip is a coach with We HOPE Inc.The camp is expected to be an annual initiative, at least for the next four years, and focus will be placed on identifying athletes for the next Olympics in Tokyo.“This is where we start. We start by holding camps and ensuring that the athletes from as small as age nine or eight are exposed to the best possible coaching that there is locally.” Hutson stated.At the end of the camp the participants will be issued with participation certificates.During his remarks, Jones recalled the story of how he was contacted a few months ago by John, with her hopes of donating 20 pairs of spikes, with the initiative growing to a donation of 100 pairs. John decided to make the donation after being encouraged by her 11-year-old son Matthew John, himself an athlete in the U.S.“Several months ago Ms Claudia Simon made contact with me, with an initiative that she has, she wanted to give 10 athletes in Guyana 10 spikes; that mushroomed into something larger and we now have 100 that we’re going to be giving to the athletes here in Guyana.” Jones said.We HOPE (Helping Other People Excel) Inc. is aimed at providing opportunities to children and youths to achieve their full potential in academics and sports in developing countries.Saturday’s meet will see the participation of all of the athletes who were part of the camp. It will begin at 10:00hrs and is free of charge. The public is encouraged to come out and support the athletes.
ENGLAND have to “raise their game” for a “hard and tough” Ashes series, says director of men’s cricket Ashley Giles.England won their first men’s World Cup at Lord’s this month but were bowled out for 85 against Ireland on their return to Test cricket.The hosts ultimately won by 143 runs but Giles said he hoped the Test had “given us a bit of a jolt”.“Against any Australian team in any form, you’ve got to raise your game,” the former England spinner said.Australia hold the Ashes after their 4-0 victory down under in 2018-19, but England have not lost a series on home soil since 2001.“We’ve had some criticism that we shouldn’t have played any of the guys who played in the World Cup final [against Ireland] but I look at it the other way – it was an opportunity for them to perhaps be shocked back into Test cricket,” Giles told BBC Sport.“There was undoubtedly a hangover, a little bit, from that World Cup win – the guys were mentally and physically tired.“It’s always concerning when you get bowled out cheaply. When you get out there, a lot of it will come down to your mental approach.”The first Test of the five-match Ashes series begins on Thursday at Edgbaston.England’s leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson, who missed the Ireland Test with a calf injury, was one of three players who took part in an optional training session on Monday.Anderson is expected to be fit for the Ashes opener, while England will make a decision on Jofra Archer, who has just returned from a side strain.Fast bowler Stuart Broad and batsman Jos Buttler were the other two players who took part in the session.England have struggled to find a consistent top-order partnership since Andrew Strauss retired in 2012, although captain Joe Root has said he has “no concerns” about his side’s batting.Australia have also struggled in English conditions – their recent warm-up match saw 32 wickets fall in two days – and Giles said the series was a big opportunity for batsmen on both sides.“There’s been a lot said about both bowling attacks but maybe a couple of batters will surprise people in this series,” he said.“When you get out there on Thursday, a lot of it will come down to your mental approach. I know from experience it does wear you mentally and physically.“You always want to play against an Australian team that plays this game hard and tough – that’s my experience of playing against Australia.“It’s tough competition; there’s a lot riding on this series. Expect it to be played tough, but it’s got to be played in the right way.”Former batsman Steve Waugh, who was captain when Australia last won the Ashes in England, said there will not be “any shrinking violets out there”.“We are brought up to play in a positive, aggressive manner and I don’t see that being any different,” said Waugh, who is a mentor to the current Australia side.“This side is going to be combative because that is the Australian way – but they know they can’t cross over the line.”What is the World Test Championship?The new World Test Championship begins with the first Ashes Test on Thursday.The top nine Test teams in the world are involved in the tournament, which sees 72 matches contested between August 2019 and June 2021.Each nation will play six series in the two-year period, three home and three away. Each series counts for 120 points.Points are on offer for every match in a series – meaning teams can still win points even after a series has been decided, giving teams more to play for in otherwise dead rubbers.In June 2021, the top two teams will then compete in the ICC World Test Championship final, which will be held in England.“Test cricket around the world has probably become a little bit marginalised,” Giles said.“Anything we can do to protect Test cricket, which is very important for us and should be for world cricket, is a great thing.”(BBC Sport)
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