Qualified for Rio! – But Jamaica’s first internationally certified badminton umpire needs money for history-making trip

first_img His son, Joshua, is accredited at Level One, and that means they are the first father-son umpires in the history of the sport. Clarke said he has approached individuals and organisations for assistance, but with time running out, he is yet to get any money. “I have to find money for airfare and visa to China and Brazil at a cost of approximately US$5,000. The organisers will provide accommodation. I have approached some people and organisations, but no confirmation as yet,” Clarke explained. “It is important to secure bookings by month end.” FATHER-SON UMPIRES He has been working hard on raising the standard of the sport in Jamaica and formed the National Association of Badminton Umpires and Court Officials in November 1997, after he returned from Guatemala. Two months before, he had earned Pan Am accreditation status as an umpire, thus becoming Jamaica’s first internationally certified umpire. In 1999, he became the nation’s first Pan Am-certified umpire, then three years later, he became Jamaica’s first and the Caribbean’s second-ever BWF-accredited umpire. He is a founding member of Racketeers Badminton Club that hosts an annual tournament here, and is currently a JBA vice-president. He is a past president of the local body as well as past president of the regional body, CAREBACO. Also, he once served as first vice-president of the Central American and Caribbean Badminton Association. Clarke said he would be disappointed if things did not work out for him to travel to China and ultimately the Rio Games. “It is a big thing to officiate at the Olympics. They (organisers) want global representation, so this is Jamaica’s chance. If we are to miss out, Trevor McCain is the closest to me in ranking. He is a Pan Am-certified umpire, but that is only the second of four levels needed,” he noted. “I’m trying to raise the money for both events, but nothing confirmed. However, I remain hopeful of securing the necessary funds to make both trips,” Clarke stressed. Jamaica’s first and only Badminton World Federation (BWF) umpire, Joseph Clarke, is in need of US$5,000 (approximately $600,000) to officiate at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clarke said that to become Jamaica’s first badminton umpire at the Olympic Games, he must officiate at the Thomas and Huber World Championship in China this year. “I have two assignments this year. First one is the Thomas and Huber World Championships in China in May. This would be a first for a Jamaican in the final. It is a prerequisite to get to the Olympics,” Clarke told The Gleaner. “If I don’t make it, it could be another 10 years for another Jamaican,” he reasoned. He has been involved in the sport for more than 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and official. RAISING THE STANDARD OF THE SPORTlast_img read more

Blackwood, Thomas lead Scorpions fight

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck a half-century to prop up Jamaica Scorpions after they suffered a batting slump to leave Guyana Jaguars in command of their final round Regional four-day championship game here yesterday.Replying to the hosts’ 420 all out, Scorpions finished the second day at the National Stadium here on 171 for five – still 249 runs adrift.Blackwood, batting at number three, top-scored with 62 while Devon Thomas stroked an unbeaten 40 and Shacaya Thomas, 32.Scorpions were cruising at 70 for one before losing four wickets for 50 runs to crash to 120 for five, with left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claiming three of the wickets to fall to finish with three for 33.Thomas, who hit a hundred in the last round, has so far put on 51 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas, who was unbeaten on 21.The Antiguan Thomas has faced 70 balls and cracked five fours and a six.Earlier, captain Leon Johnson missed out on his third hundred of the season but became the first batsman to pass 800 runs, when he made 93.Starting the day unbeaten on 58 with Jaguars on 297 for four, the left-hander faced 185 balls in just under 41/2 hours all told, and struck six fours and a six.AT NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE: Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, trailing Windward Islands Volcanoes by 78 runs on first innings, were 33 for one in their second innings.Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 33 for one.VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59).AT WARNER PARK: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Barbados Pride by 317 on first innings, reached 18 for one at the close.Scores: HURRICANES 119 all out (Jahmar Hamilton 42, Kieran Powell 33; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Kemar Roach 2-21) and 18 for one.PRIDE 436 (Shane Dowrich 96, Roston Chase 62, Kemar Roach 53, Omar Phillips 42, Kevin Stoute 42; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-155).last_img read more