OMSCC promises grand Toronto Cup 2 for Caribana weekend

first_imgBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Buoyed by the success of the inaugural Toronto Cup, staged in 2015, the executives of the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) are extremely confident that its second edition, set for the first weekend in August will be a grand affair.This assurance was given at last Sunday’s annual general meeting of the OMSCC, held at the Birkdale Community Centre, Scarborough here where preliminary plans were disclosed by both president Azeem Khan and vice-president Paul Jaman.According to Jaman, despite the success of the tournament in 2015, which saw New York Enforcers emerge champions in the Open category and Our Own claim the Masters title, the OMSCC has no intention of sitting on its laurels but intends to make the Caribana weekend showcase even better.Jaman also pointed out that there are plans to have an entertainment segment between innings during the staging of the two finals, which are set for the University of Toronto ground on Sunday, August 6 but this depends entirely on sponsorship which the OMSCC is currently pursuing. He also gave the undertaking that grounds required for the three-day affair have already been secured.The vice-president also disclosed that while the main committee to deal with the running of the tournament has already been set up, the OMSCC is in much need of sponsorship and is seeking the assistance of members in this vital area.Teams from Guyana, New York and Florida have already indicated their interests in participating and will join their counterparts from Canada in what is expected to be a riveting weekend of softball cricket.Meanwhile, president Khan also disclosed, that through the initiative and sponsorship of Reliance Lions, there are plans to stage a Family Day. He, however, said further discussions are to be held with members of the club to finalise the date and venue.Khan also told members of plans to introduce a “captain’s trophy” as a special incentive for the most outstanding of the 2017 season. This will, however, not be based solely on statistics but on general demeanour and conduct. The president once again stressed the importance of good behaviour and cleanliness at venues, pointing to previous complaints from school authorities and city officials.Jaman also alluded to the fact that the league almost lost St Bede’s (a school ground) because broken bottles, resulting from drinking at the venue and urged members to desist from such behaviour. Despite these lapses, Jaman said 2016 was a great year for the OMSCC and implored players to “let’s make 2017 another great season”.Prior to the election of office-bearers for 2017, a proposal for an elected official from another cricket organisation to be allowed to hold an executive position on the OMSCC board was voted down. The president also took the opportunity to present a medal to treasurer Feizal Bacchus for his outstanding contribution to the organisation as treasurer and to the website.Vice-president Jaman, secretary Khem Singh, treasurer Feizal Bacchus and Over-50 coordinator Dickey Singh were all returned to their respective posts unopposed while the post of president was not contested based on the OMSCC’s constitution.Hardat Ramcharran was appointed the new umpires coordinator, replacing Ram Prashad who was eligible to serve another year but resigned for personal reasons. A new post, hat of website content administrator/statistician, went to Patrick Prashad.The disciplinary committee, which is chaired by vice-president Jaman, includes Ganesh Ramraj, Krishna Sarju, Bobby Ramlagan and Ramcharran.last_img read more

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Cameroon Legend, Eto’o, Rules out Career in Politics

first_imgSamuel Eto Football legend and former African Footballer of the Year recipient, Samuel Eto’o, has dismissed calls for him to follow the foot step of George Weah by venturing into politics.There is the general belief that he is up there with George Weah as an African great on the football field, but he said he has no plans to follow the Liberian into politics “for the moment”.“Everyone wants me to go into politics, but there won’t be 10 million Weahs,” Eto’o said in an exclusive interview yesterday. Weah, the only African player to win the Ballon d’Or, became president of Liberia in January 2018.“Everyone is born with their own star. Everyone at some point gets involved in politics at their own level, but, for the moment, it doesn’t interest me.”The 38-year-old Cameroon legend recently brought the curtain down on a glittering playing career during which he won the UEFA Champions League twice with Barcelona and once more with Inter Milan.An idol in his homeland, Eto’o gave his backing to Paul Biya – who has ruled the country for 37 years – before his re-election in 2018.Biya is 86 and is dealing with a major crisis in Cameroon as a two-year secession drive by anglophone separatists has claimed thousands of lives.Main opposition leader Maurice Kamto walked free from jail earlier this month after a military court ordered his release at Biya’s behest.Of his supposed political ambitions, Eto’o added: “A lot of people might be saying that it’s an idea I have, but I say to them it doesn’t exist in my mind at the moment.“But every citizen has the right. If you want to stand, nobody is going to stop you. But in our country it is as though it is something reserved for certain people. Personally it is not an objective.”The two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner says he wants to move into coaching, although he has also taken a role with the Confederation of African Football.“My role is to lobby the different federations to convince them to adhere to the work being done by president (Ahmad) Ahmad,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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That time Michael Jordan had to wear No. 12 after someone stole his jersey

first_imgMichael Jordan and the Bulls once had to improvise after His Airness’ No. 23 jersey went missing before a game in Orlando.It was on this day in 1990, after a frantic but fruitless search for the iconic No. 23, that Jordan was forced to wear a nameless No. 12 for a game against the Magic. A long-forgotten image, yes, but one the NBA doesn’t want anyone to forget — lest fans use their $300 on something else. Michael Jordan wore #12 on Feb. 14, 1990 after his jersey was stolen from the locker room in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/IvfQjEA00T— Hoops History Pics (@HoopHistoryPics) February 26, 2014MORE: Classic photos of Michael JordanTo this day, that No. 23 jersey has never been found. But if the thief was hoping to throw Jordan off his game that night, it didn’t work.Not that it mattered what number was on Jordan’s back that night, or that his name was missing. This was prime Jordan. Everyone in the arena and watching on TV knew exactly who dropped 49 points on the Magic that night. It was a typical ’90s-era Jordan performance, even though the Magic won 135-129. Yes, the NBA, always in search of a marketing opportunity, has made a replica version of that No. 12 available for purchase so basketball fans everywhere can spend a bunch of money to relive an obscure blip in hardwood history while also looking like they bought a surplus Bulls jersey that was accidentally produced without a name.last_img read more

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