Montague pleased with first-day execution

first_imgChairman of the organising committee for the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships, Colleen Montague, says she was pleased with the execution of the first day of the five-day championships, currently taking place inside the National Stadium. Montague admitted some disappointment that spectators continue to shun the opening day of the championships despite the free admittance, but believes there are some positive signs as she looks forward to another successful staging of the event. “Things are going very well, everyone has carried out their part, it was an amazing effort on everyone’s part to ensure that everything was in place for today (yesterday),” Montague told The Gleaner. “We had some very minor hiccups, but we are pleased with where we are. “We know that each day is different. Tomorrow (today) brings another complexion because all the schools will be out, and by Friday, the spectators will all be out, so every day brings a different aspect to Champs, and we just take it day by day,” Montague added. “We take it year by year, and what we have been seeing on all of the days is a vast improvement over a few years ago. We are taking it step by step, and we are working with all of our stakeholders. In a few years we will see even more improvements on these days,” she said. The Wolmer’s Girls’ School principal was also disappointed that the demand for grandstand tickets could not be met, but reminded fans that there will be an opportunity to watch the event on big screen outside the National Stadium’s main gate on Saturday. “We are very unhappy that we are unable to satisfy the demands of so many persons who want to be here with us,” Montague said. “We will be having a screen outside for persons who come and aren’t able to get inside, they will be able to view it and experience it there.”last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2019: Indian fans lack a bit of patience, says Viv Richards

first_imgViv Richards has asked Indian fans to be a little more patient as Virat Kohli’s Team India gears up for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, Viv Richards said he could not understand how Indian fans could burn effigies of the same players they put on pedestals.In 2003, Indian cricketers’ homes came under attack after Sourav Ganguly’s men lost a match to Australia at the start of the World Cup in South Africa. India turned things around and stormed to the final where they again lost to the Aussies.”Indian fans sometimes lack a bit of patience. Burning effigies a little silly. Your players do not go there to lose., they go there to win. You should not be a hero today and not a zero tomorrow. We should have a little more respect for individuals – you are not going to do it all the time,” Richards said at Salaam Cricket 2019.Viv Richards also met up with Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram and heaped praise on both legends.Incidentally, Tendulkar and Akram consider Viv Richards as their hero.After India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup, Sachin Tendulkar had decided to quit. However, a call from Viv Richards meant Tendulkar continued to play for the next few years – he even played a significant role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.”The 2007 World Cup was possibly the lowest phase of my career. The game which had shown me the best days of my life were now showing me the worst. If those changes were not going to happen, I was going to stop playing cricket. My brother told me in 2011, you are going to play the biggest match of your World Cup (the final in Wankhede).advertisement”I was at my farm-house in 2007 and that’s when Sir Viv called me and we spoke for 45 minutes,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: When Viv Richards stopped Sachin Tendulkar from retiringAlso Read | Salaam Cricket 2019: Full guest list, session names and timingAlso Seelast_img read more