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Take into account this humble request coming from all sportsmen, supporters, alumni & well wishers before you arrive to a decision on the cancellation of all sports for the rest of the current Inter University season….

We write in severe pain and deep regret due to the wounds that have procured as repercussions of the untenable conduct of University Undergraduates in tarnishing the true spirit of Sports, not necessarily within the field, but largely outside it. We are sorry to take cognizance of the dire present, stained by the inconsiderate acts of our own peers jeopardizing long and strong traditions and friendships our predecessors entrenched through Sports during their University phase. Now it has reached its apex of disrupting the continuance of an invaluable legacy yearned to be felt by all Sportsmen at all Universities.

We understand whole heartedly the scope and extent of the danger that these acts with the taint of violence have created to Sports, Sportsmen, Authorities and the Spectators, and it is shocking that this has resulted directly from the hands of our learned colleagues: the cream of intellectuals and the hope of our Nation. The unnecessary over-involvement of the spectators outside the field has flared up the agitation in a series of quid-pro-quo fights seeding antagonism. We are ashamed and will in no way try to shy away from the blame. Those of us who are sportsmen might have had little to do with such violence, but we cannot in anyway try to disown fault or contributory negligence on our part.

As much as we cannot disown our faults, we also cannot refuse to acknowledge the fact that the price for these actions have threatened to come at the cost of the sweat, toil, commitment and hard-work invested by our Sportsmen. It most certainly isn’t fair, that the Sportsmen who have put in exhaustive efforts in their respective sports in order to bring fame to their University should suffer the consequences of these sins. For a Sportsman who has sincerely dedicated himself to his Sport, destroying his dreams by these petty acts of antagonism would be the last thing on his mind. We feel an overwhelming discomfort to realize that practniversityice, fitness sessions, hopes and dreams of glory ought to be shattered so miserably. It is in this concern that we write for an earnest plea voicing out the burst of sweat and muscle which resists our souls from sitting back and do nothing.

We realize that it is for us to take responsibility of rectifying all mistakes to demand a change in attitudes among the Sporting fraternity and importantly the crowd, towards the true essence of Sportsmanship. We wish to preach to our comrades we should embrace our emotions, without being victims of these good-for-nothing antagonisms. Though we have different perspectives, we hold common hopes of moving forward from this stalemate. It is our solemn wish to witness Sports in all its glory with the highest standards of discipline on the part of the players and spectators. We understand at present, that exercising control over burst of antagonism is impossible on the part of the Masters-In-Charge or the authorities of either the Sports Councils or Universities. It has to be ended at the very root that it instigated, and that is the students themselves of the respective Universities.

For this purpose we have taken up the responsibility to ensure that Sporting activities would continue in its true spirit. In cheering our team and universities we should never allow any misfits or pests breeding among us to sabotage our fun, efforts and glory. It is evident that it is no one’s wish to create a standstill. A player or a fan would rather cheer his team to a loss, than to see his own players’ effort go down the drain due a cancellation. As sportsmen, students, supporters and well wishers of University sports we hereby assure you with the fullest confidence that we shall do everything within our ambit to stop and eradicate all forms of antagonism in the air.

We understand that this is no easy task, but our hopes come from the trust and belief that we have on ourselves and our learned colleagues. We believe that our prudent Undergraduates can overcome this antagonism. An understanding that these acts of violence only portray the trifle minded thinking which negates itself in the light of the thought that the very existence of Sports between our Universities has been put to test. We realize that when cheering our teams, expressing antagonism should not come at the expense of our own Sportsmen for whom we make our presence to cheer. We hereby pledge that all rivalry shall be within the field and in the true spirit of Sportsmanship, for even if we are to lose we wish to play a good game. Therefore we promise not to get unnecessarily involved in the game and resort to violent means as we have done over the last few weeks.

Hence, in this regard we beg of you to also place your trust in us and your own wise students to end this disaster from where it took root. We extend our humble plea, to join hands with us positively and to keep things moving from this stalemate so that the dreams and sweat of our Sportsman do not unjustly go without recognition by any cancellations. It may require extra Police security or a massive turn around in individual attitudes, but we are determined to do what it takes to secure what is at stake. We earnestly appeal to you to support us in this cause, so that when we achieve this, we shall be able to look back and say that we did it, we overcame violence and instilled order without a single match or event being cancelled or suspended.

We shall be grateful if you would accept our kind proposition.

Sign the petition at :

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/SL_interuni_sports_revival/

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Well…time passed and things changed. There were only dreams and dreams for performance. Things went accordingly until sometime. Sigh of relief I expected not was in my way, but it is indeed a relief.

I don’t think someone was expecting to meet me there in Belgrade after reading my last post. 😛 Sure, its bad news if someone was. I’m not coming there folks. I withdrew my participation from the SL Universiade team along with my batch mate swimmer.

It was pretty clear that Belgrade 2009 would be a damn sorrow when the results come because on the other hand its a must to have a good (rather better) GPA. Huh!

But some where over the rainbow, there would be another POV for me. “It should be noted that my POV is changing fast these days”, Einstein appears a lot on my desktop along with Charles Darwin.

“Inspiration”,  it is called.

Its only today I decided to write a book, actually it’ll go by my gmail address, but a cracked version.

I got selected to the World University Games 2009, the Universiade 2009. This time its Belgrade, Serbia. Apart from the workload I had during the past months, I managed to do some training for the trials. Lucky me!. I’m in the team.

How ever there are several concerns in my mind. The ticket isn’t affordable for all, so that the selectors have reduced the number of participation. My university provides with the registration fee and the tickets. But not all universities here in Sri Lanka got such policy.

There were 6 participants in two disciplines for the Bangkok Universiade including myself from the University of Moratuwa, my university. But this time only two to my knowledge, myself and my batch mate swimmer.

But unfortunate me! My GF didn’t get her place in the team as expected. She’d recovered now.

Well, hope for a better Universiade this time. I dont need less GPA this time. Hard work to be done, preparation needed. This is a milestone semester of my Uni life and I need courage and commitment from within.

Seems tired to even think about it. Only 1+ month for my CIMA exams. Need a sigh of relief soon after the huge bulk.

Currently I’m working on the training report. Its a cracking mess now with only 10 pages out of the 40+ required. Yes I’m doing the BSc. in IT, I’ve got to commit.!!!

Until then, await me Belgrade!!!

For the goals for future, the world athletics governing body IAAF has introduced a scholarship in three categories.  This article is on the B-Project which is an idea of the IAAF president Lamine Diack.

IAAF ‘B’ Standard Project

President Lamine Diack has set the goal for the IAAF that at least one athlete of each Member Federation be capable of achieving the ‘B’ Qualification Standard for the World Championships in Athletics or the Olympic Games.

This is an ambitious objective considering the level of the performances to be achieved and the fact that nearly half of the IAAF Member Federations have not yet achieved this level.

Athletes deemed to have a chance to achieve the ‘B’ Standard in an event will be offered one of 3 programmes:

· Short Term programme – Those who are close to the set ‘B’ Standard objective could participate in short term preparation, usually accompanied by their personal coach (3 months duration).

· Medium Term programme – Designed for athletes who have the potential to achieve the ‘B’ Standard with one year of specific preparation (one year duration).

· Long Term programme – Athletes currently under the age of 23 who obviously need longer time to achieve the ‘B’ Standard will be offered this programme (two, or more, years duration).

In all three programmes, the IAAF will ensure access to adequate facilities, coaching and competition.

You will find in the right hand side column a

Please Note: Individual athletes, coaches or other interested parties should contact their National Federation for further information. Only IAAF Member Federations may make application for an athlete and National Federations will submit an application for those athletes who are deemed eligible.

Should you need any further information related to this project please contact, in the first instance, your National Federation. Then, if needed:

IAAF Member Services Department

17 rue Princesse Florestine

BP 359

MC98007

Monaco Cedex

For a more detailed description of the ‘B’ Standard Project, including Entry Standards and Application Form please click
PDF

Source : iaaf.org

I got this from a news site from Jamaica. Its about coach Glen Mills and Bolt, the duo who created history in the Beijing Olympics. This post is actually before the Olympics 2008.

Usain Bolt and his coach Glen Mills have been on a near four-year journey, filled with revelations, growth and triumph. Bolt, a wunderkind from high school, and Mills, one the world’s best sprint coaches, created history on Saturday night in New York with a world record in the 100m. Through the guidance of Mills, Bolt discovered there was more talent in his 6′ 5″ frame than he had shown in his junior years, with his meteoric rise in the 100 metres.

“Usain and I embarked on a journey from autumn of 2004 and I remember when we met just after the Olympics in Athens and he approached me to take over his coaching,” Mills recalled yesterday, during a press conference at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston where Bolt received $1.8-million bonus cheque from his sponsors Digicel for breaking the world record.

“I must congratulate him on his choice (of coach),” he quipped, “though I’m yet to know how he recognised that I could be the person to guide him to such a level.” Before joining Mills, Bolt spent the previous year battling injuries and was an exceptional junior talent trying to make the transition to the senior level. Almost four years on, Bolt has a 200m World Championships silver medal, the national 200m record and the indomitable claim as the world’s fastest man to add to his 200m world junior record.

CREATE HISTORY

However, the process wasn’t as smooth as the 9.72 seconds he took to create history in New York on Saturday.

“Over the past three years we’ve had our differences and we’ve had our ups and downs,” Mills said. “But I can say for him he never lost sight of what the big picture is and although we differ in what is hard work, we are always able to get things done.” Bolt snatched the record from countryman Asafa Powell, who ran 9.74 last year, setting up the prospect of a mouth-watering clash when the world’s two fastest men meet.

“I got a call from Asafa and he said ‘You’ve made things rough on me now’,” Bolt joked.

With both men having achieved the world record, undoubtedly, there is an unrivalled hunger for an Olympic gold this summer in Beijing. “You’ve got to be Olympic champion or world champion to really count,” Bolt said. “I think the Olympics is the biggest thing and I just can’t wait for the Olympics to come.”

CLASSIC STORY

The story behind Bolt’s 100-metre foray is classic. At the beginning of last season, Mills and Bolt made a bet. After consistent pleas by his athlete to run a 100m, Mills agreed under one condition. “I told him if he broke the national 200 metres record, he can run a 100m,” Mills said. That was all the motivation he needed. At the 2007 National Championships in June, Bolt electrified the National Stadium with a 19.75 run, 0.11 second faster than Donald Quarrie’s 36-year-old record.

“After the race he didn’t even say thank you, he just said ‘when is the hundred’.”

So Bolt got his way and impressed with a 10.03 run in Rethimno, Greece. Even after that, the 100m was always the second option to his pet event, the 200m, but Bolt was insatiable.

Started with a plan

“We started out the year with the plan that he would be preparing to run the 200m at the Olympics and he has always had the passion to prove to me that he is a 100m runner,” Mills said. “So I said we could achieve both goals; since I wanted him to get faster because the people who are beating him are doing faster times in the 100 metres, and if we are going to match them we have to get as fast as they are.

“So we mapped out a programme to improve his speed in the first part of the season and then we would switch over to improving his 200m for the Olympics. “It has gone exceptionally well, to the point where he is the world record holder in the 100m and not the 200m.” The goal, however, is gold at the Olympics and while Mills admitted that Bolt would compete in the 100m and 200m at the National Championships, it’s not a guarantee he will compete in both events at the Olympics.

“We have to look at how the preparations go between now and August, but we are keeping our options, open and, as a result, we will double in the trials,” he said.

PHENOMENAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Due to the nature of professional sports today, phenomenal achievements, particularly those accomplished in short order such as Bolt’s world record, the honesty of the feat deserves to be questioned.

“We will test any time, any day, any part of the body,” Mills stated. “Usain doesn’t even like to take vitamins; we have to give them away.” Such is the phenomenon called Usain Bolt and the equally genius Glen Mills. The Bolt/Mills journey continues next Thursday when Bolt returns to the 200m in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

In August the road leads to Beijing, China, where they will go racing for gold.

Source: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com

Even the most pessimistic of sports fans could not help but be inspired by Usain Bolt at Beijing 2008. The rangy Jamaican sprinter powered his way to an electrifying double in both the 100m and 200m events as well as smashing both world records. In setting his time of 9.69 seconds in the 100m Bolt even seemed to ease off and eat up the final yards at a canter. The ridiculous margin of victory for the sprinter only accentuated just how far ahead of the rest of the world Usain Bolt is. However, before this victory stunned the world in Beijing, sprinting was enduring one of its darkest periods in Olympic history. The list of discredited champions is disconcertingly lengthy in a sport which should represent some of the most finely-tuned specimens on the planet. The most notable of which is undoubtedly Dwayne Chambers. A man who was for years a beacon of light for British sprinting and a genuine contender for Olympic champion has now joined the long list of banned athletes after failing a drugs test. Chambers suffered more anguish than most on the way to his eventual decline but at least his rise to the top of sprinting was well-documented. Although, I am as electrified with Bolts meteoric rise and the next person, no one seems to know where it came from. Bolt has travelled from mediocrity to superstardom frighteningly quickly and the inherent doubter in me cannot help but ask how?

Performance-enhancing drugs have long cast a shadow over modern-day sport, particularly sprinting and have obliterated the career of many a promising athlete. The temptation to be at the pinnacle of a sport is often irresistible and steroids provide an illicit highway to achieving such a position. With this in mind, it is challenging to see Usain Bolt’s meteoric rise as a result of graft, natural talent and a physique simply made for sprinting. There is no doubting the attractiveness of such a route to the summit but it just does not seem to happen today. Disgraced champion Justin Gatlin is a case in point. The young American powered his way to the 100m Olympic title in 2004 and then again at the World Championships in 2005 and was viewed as the future of sprinting. As someone who’s hard work, commitment and raw speed had resulted in fairytale success. Two years after his triumph in Athens, Gatlin was banned from athletics for 4 years for doping and the watching world lost faith in sprinting once and for all. Usain Bolt’s victory however, has threatened to start a sprinting renaissance with people around the globe enthralled by the precocious, self-confident speedster. If this new king of the track is genuine then a renaissance is indeed imminent and Bolt represents a role model for all young athletes. On the other hand, suspicion persists in any sudden sporting success and the worry persists that Bolt will follow the painful example of many a sprinting star.

Olympic legend Carl Lewis was the first high profile questioner of Bolt’s dramatic victory. Lewis commented: “To run 10.03 seconds one year and win the Olympic final with 9.69 the next, if you don’t question that in a sport with the reputation it has right now, then you’re a fool.” Although the remark has been widely condemned, by no less than Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, it will undoubtedly mimic the views of many a sports fan. It is not small-minded pessimism but justifiable doubt, especially in a sport which has seen athlete after athlete in recent years crumble into insignificance. Jamaica has consistently boasted a clean record in terms of doping and one would be hard pushed to remember a scandal involving steroids and a Jamaican athlete. However, admirable as this record is, it is also true that Jamaica does not have an independent, out-of-competition testing program for its athletes, nor has it joined the Caribbean Regional Anti-Doping Organization. This has been the cause of murmurs of discontent among athletic bodies. Not because anyone holds the steadfast belief that Usain Bolt or any Jamaican champions are guilty of drug cheating but simply because if you do not test then how do you know for certain that a victory was pure. Thus although the overwhelming likelihood is that Usain Bolt’s astonishing double was unadulterated, the web of doubters, fuelled by years of Olympic scandal and expulsion, will never truly be silenced unless Jamaica do more to test their athletes at every level.

Conversely, there is the view held by euphoric sports fans around the globe that Usain Bolt is a true people’s champion. Someone who has emerged from years of training and taken the sprinting world by storm with his inimitable style and charismatic manner. The “Lightning Bolt” knew what he wanted to achieve and pushed himself to the limit of his physical powers in order to achieve it. He is the man who everyone now wants to be, the first poster up on a bedroom wall – Bolt crossing the finish line with his arms aloft and the rest of the field disappearing into the Beijing smog. This is an image that is rightfully held and should still be held years down the line. A true champion, immune from drugs scandals and moanings of suspicion. Usain Bolt the architect of a sprinting renaissance and an inspiration for every corner of the globe. Here’s to hoping that such a view remains forever in sporting history and that doubts are cleared. However, until that final proof arrives, those who still reluctantly hold nagging doubts can be forgiven and it is up to the powers that be and the man himself to assure us of his clean brilliance.

Source : Online news

I got a chance to say “Hello World!!” truely, not in a Java coding. 2007 Bangkok Universiade. Of cource Hello again Bangkok! My sister would never visit Bangkok, as she repeats after the experience she had the last time (2002, Asain Athletic Championships).

Universiade was a place where it concentrated the true meaning of sportsmanship. I’ve been to other games which were competed in a professional manner but to say; Universiade is better to witness what sports truly does.

Students all over the globe stand as one. Get to know each other, congratulate, shake hands and become brothers and sisters. Well by the means of sportsmanship, they act as true sportsmen.

Bangkok carried lots of memories from the past and the country is a milestone in my life. With my team members, I experienced the world saying, “Hello World!!”.

Non of us won medals or got near to one, but winning medals is not the intention of participating in such event.

Making connections, building your network with other undergraduates, been friendly to others and lots more cultures and qualities to be learnt at  a Uniersiade.