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

Pirates eye Tracy as Dodgers lose finale

first_img The other top candidates for the job are former Pirates manager Jim Leyland, now a scout for St. Louis, and Oakland manager Ken Macha, a Pittsburgh-area native who reportedly is negotiating a possible contract extension with the A’s, but Tracy’s ties to Littlefield might put him ahead. Littlefield joined the Pirates during a four-game series at Dodger Stadium Sept. 23-26 and arrived separately from the team on a commercial flight. Assistant general manager Doug Strange also was with the club on that trip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A source close to the Pirates said Sunday it is highly unusual for Littlefield and Strange to be on the road with the club at the same time. Tracy was a minor-league manager for the Expos from 1993-94 and was then-Expos manager Felipe Alou’s bench coach from 1995-98. Littlefield joined the Expos in 1991 as a national crosschecker and East Coast scouting supervisor and was the club’s player development director from 1996-98. Tracy is signed through next season, but has an escape clause that allows him to leave the Dodgers and pursue other opportunities. That clause must be exercised within the next eight days or not at all. Tracy has requested a contract extension, but doesn’t appear likely to receive one with the Dodgers coming off a lackluster season in which they went 71-91 and finished fourth in the National League West, 11 games behind the division champion Padres. That means Tracy likely will finish out his contract next season or be fired. Asked on Sunday morning what he thought the next few days would be like for him, Tracy said he planned to watch his youngest son Mark, 17, play football for Claremont High School for the first time this season on Friday night. Asked if he thought his situation would be cleared up by then, Tracy said, “I hope so. But beyond that, I don’t know that there is anything else to say at this time.” DePodesta repeatedly has said he wants the situation resolved before he leaves on Wednesday afternoon for his sister’s wedding in Italy. Pirates owner Kevin McClatchy, meanwhile, made an ominously similar statement to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday. “We will know more … of the important information in about two days,” he said. The Pirates fired most of their coaching staff on Sunday, including interim manager Pete Mackanin, and reassigned the rest within the organization. That eliminates Mackanin from consideration for the job. “(Littlefield) said he has someone in mind who has more major-league experience,” Mackanin told the Post-Gazette, a statement that clearly points either to Tracy, Leyland or Macha. Mike Rose hit his first major-league homer, but the Dodgers struck out 11 times against Padres starter Adam Eaton. Elmer Dessens (1-2) started and pitched four innings for the Dodgers, allowing one run to finish the season with a solid 3.56 ERA. Tony Jackson can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN DIEGO — While Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta and manager Jim Tracy remained mostly silent on the subject of Tracy’s future on Sunday — the day the club concluded its season with a 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres in front of 37,748 at Petco Park — Tracy appears to have emerged as a leading candidate for the managerial vacancy in Pittsburgh. Tracy developed a strong relationship with Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield during the late 1990s while they were employed by the Montreal Expos and is known to have been on the Pirates’ short list since Littlefield fired Lloyd McClendon on Sept. 6. last_img read more