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Jamaica’s Raheem Sterling has been voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, less than a day after his peers voted him the PFA young player of the year.

Sterling has scored 29 goals for Manchester City and England this season, including a hat-trick for England in the opening Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic, while also helping England’s squad reach this summer’s Nations League finals in Portugal.

The awards also reflect Raheem’s courage to challenge preconceptions and fight racism, which will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole. As a black immigrant in England, Raheem has been the subject of many racist and xenophobic attacks along with being exposed to many victims of such attacks.

He has faced these attacks and played Football with class, grace & bravery. The Jamaican footballer has become an inspiration while playing great football. The Jamaican who now lives in England plays for the English national team and Manchester City.

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Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson won the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke at the FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships in Hangzhou, China, on Wednesday.

The world-record holder, who celebrated her 30th birthday on Tuesday, came from behind to win in 29.05s.

Alia Atkinson OD (Order of Distinction, 5th highest honour one can achieve in Jamaica) has continued as always to represent Jamaica well, in a sport that Jamaica does not have much support in. She has won multiple world championships and broken records. She has done this with amazing humility and grace in a sport that is represented very minimally by Jamaicans or people of colour.

In winning her first gold medal at these championships, the veteran Jamaican held off the challenge of long-time rival Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania who touched in 29.38s. Martina Carraro of Italy won the bronze medal in 29.59s.

The Jamaican set a new world record of 28.56s, this year, lowering her own mark of 28.64 set in 2016.

Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” Provides the soundtrack for Lebron JAMES victory speech after winning the Eastern Conference Finals.

 

Usain Bolt Statue

SPORTS LEGEND USAIN BOLT STANDS BEFORE STATUE IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, had said that “rain or shine, we will be unveiling the Usain Bolt statue” on Sunday, December 3. Without the rain the unveiling did occur on time

The Minister made the declaration on Wednesday after visiting the site on Statue Road in Independence Park where the sculpture will be mounted.

Usain Bolt & Statue

The Minister went to the Independence Park complex (which houses the National Stadium) to observe work on the pedestal on which the bronze statue — to the scale of one and quarter life size — will be mounted. Minister Grange said: “The base is now ready for mounting of the statue. The statue will be mounted and will be in place for Sunday, December 3.”

The statue — a lasting tribute to the world’s greatest sprinter — was due to be unveiled during Heritage Week in October, but the unveiling ceremony was postponed because of rain. Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, unveiled the statue in a special ceremony scheduled at 5:30 on Sunday afternoon.

The ceremony was be attended by several notable figures in local and international sports.

Statue of Usain Bolt

The sculpture was designed by renowned Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson. It is the first of four statues of national sports stars that were commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport under the Jamaica 55 Legacy Programme. Watson is also working on sculptures of Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Veronica Campbell Brown and Asafa Powell. The Minister invited the public to attend the unveiling ceremony.

Immediately following the unveiling of the statue, there was a special Reception of Appreciation for Jamaican athletes (a private event). Minister Grange said the Reception was for members of the Jamaican team that participated at the IAAF World Championship in London earlier this year as well as for “our Olympians in general – just to say thank you for how they’ve represented Jamaica over the years and for being good ambassadors.”

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Jamaica vs USA in the Gold Cup Final 2017

 

United States vs. Jamaica
2017 Gold Cup Final
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, Calif.
Wednesday, July 26 – 9:30 p.m. ET
WATCH: FS1, Univision, UDN (USA) | TSN 1/3/4/5 (CAN)

 

This was the final that was not expected by any of the media pundits. They did not expect Jamaica to be in the final. That is understandable though, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz came into the final with none of their established leaders or stars and had a starting team that mainly had either been on the bench that last Gold Cup run or had not even been on the team. Whereas Mexico and USA who have been the longstanding giants of Concacaf were expected to be the finalist. The two giant countries; more resourced, experienced and with decorated players had been the script and narrative to be the finalists.

Jamaica has shocked the football world by making it to the finals, again. We will see who comes out as the victor tonight!

 

 

JAMAICA DEFEATS MEXICO IN SHOCKER

Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz celebrate by praying after Lawrence scored

There was no expectation for Jamaican to beat Mexico, Gold Cup’s top team coming into the semi-finals. Both teams were playing with a lot of players who normally would be on the bench, while stars were playing in other competitions. The commentators were not even mentioning Jamaica in the lead up to the games that they were competing in.

Well as Jamaica coach Theodore Tappa Whitmore stated this match was a “David and Goliath” battle, with Jamaica representing the historic Israelite and biblical youth hero.

The game was hard fought from beginning to end. Both countries took amazing opportunities at goal, with Jamaica’s Andre Blake making some spectacular saves that made him man of the match.
The accuracy of shots on goal was also unexpected, Jamaica achieved a whopping 89% accuracy rate over Mexico’s 79%. Then there was Kemar Lawrence. Lawrence converted a free kick into a curling and dipping ball to go around and over the Mexican wall and score.
This goal propelled Jamaica into the Gold cup final to now face USA on Wednesday.

JA vCAN

Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1  to advance to the semi-finals of the 2017 Gold Cup Football competition. In a game that was filled with energy and Jamaicans bringing a fast pace streaking to Balls at any opportunity, Jamaica won the entertaining match to advance.

Jamaica goalie Andre Blake did a magnificent job of keeping the northern rivals at bay. The Reggae Boyz got a great start when Shaun Francis (pictured above) received a perfect pass from Darren Mattocks to convert for the 1st goal. At the beginning of the 2nd half prolific scorer Romario Williams put Jamaica in a comfortable lead after Mattocks sent him a pass that he capitalized on and put Jamaica up by 2 goals.

Jamaican-Canadian Junior Hoilett scored a goal for Canada with 30 minutes remaining in the game. That gave Canada new energy as they stepped up the attacks. The Jamaican defense anchored by goalie Andre Blake would not allow any more goals.

Jamaica will face regional giant Mexico in the semifinal of the Football Gold Cup 2017 competition. Canada has been eliminated.

photo courtesy of ESPN FC