Iconic Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has indicated that it will be an “emotional” affair when he makes his final appearance locally, at his club’s second annual Racers Grand Prix, at the National Stadium on Saturday, June 10. The towering sprinter, whom many consider the greatest of all time, is expected to bow out of the sport before legions of local and international fans at the same venue he began his sterling World Juniors career. It will be the 30-year-old’s last competitive race in Jamaica, just months ahead of his international farewell at the IAAF World Championships, this August in London. Bolt said he is always putting in the training and will be ready to remain unbeaten, as he hangs up his running shoes. “For me, it’s the last time competing in Jamaica, and it’s gonna be a big moment. It might be a little bit emotional, but I am looking forward to it,” he told The Gleaner. Big meet “It’s a big meet for me because it is my coach’s (Glen Mills) meet, so I am always excited to be a part of what my coach is trying to do,” he continued. Bolt was clear, however, that he will always miss athletics. “Always, always gonna miss athletics, for sure,” he confirmed. He was speaking at the Digicel Grand Prix at the National Stadium last Saturday, where he represented telecommunications sponsors Digicel. Bolt, 30, is a triple world record holder in the 100m, 200m and the 4x100m relay, and has remained unbeaten in his career, while helping to maintain Jamaica’s dominance as the sprint capital of the world over successive Olympics and World Championships. He remains confident of ending unbeaten. “Well, for me, the focus is always winning, and winning the medal, that’s always my key, and that’s always my focus so I am just trying to get some training in and trying to stay fit and just try to go to the World Championships as always and just try and make my country proud,” the eight-time Olympic gold medallist said. Bolt, meanwhile, has ruled out next month’s World Relays in The Bahamas. “No, my coach hasn’t said that’s on the cards, so I guess not. I am just gonna train and we will see what happens, right now,” he pointed out.
Kolkata, Dec 22 (PTI) Gearing up for the New Zealand tour, Indian women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj Saturday stressed on the need to bring focus back on cricket after hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons following a controversial ending to their World T20 campaign. Mithali was in the news after falling out with Ramesh Powar, who was the coach of the team at the recently held women’s World T20 in the Caribbean where she was dropped for the semifinal against England. Their spat became public after both wrote to the BCCI and their respective letters got leaked. But the selectors have reposed their faith on Mithali who retained her place in the T20 squad and captaincy for next month’s tour to New Zealand. “The way things panned out was obviously not in a very good taste. It affected everybody in a different level, in a different way,” Mithali said during a promotional event here. “Now I am sure things are settled and we should give more spotlight on the sport, on the players and in the team.” Mithali said she and her family had to endure a lot of stress after her controversial ouster from the team. “I can only say that the last few days were very stressful for me and my parents. And also for people around me, especially the way it panned out,” she said. “It definitely did put women’s cricket in the spotlight which was not needed. When you talk about non cricketing issues and not the team the focus goes away from the sport.advertisement “Now that we have a tour (vs New Zealand), it’s time that we move forward. Look forward and be more positive going forward.” The rift between T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur and ODI captain Mithali was out in the open and the team was sharply divided into camps. Asked if she would go along well with Harmanpreet, Mithali said: “We will see. When the 15 individual players come together with the support staff, it’s a huge and big family. “And usually in a family there will always be a difference of opinion. Everybody will not have the same kind of perspective. There will be issues and it does happen.” “These issues are secondary to us… Not even secondary these things do not even come in the list of priority. But when we take on the field, we are ambassadors of the sport. On the field, we are one unit, we come as a team. We are there to give our best and perform as a unit,” she said. Mithali said she is also looking forward to working with newly-appointed coach W V Raman. “It’s very early to comment on him. I had met him briefly at the National Cricket Academy. We have to support him and look forward to build a team.” India are scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20Is in the tour beginning on January 24. “We last toured there in 2007. Only Jhulan and I from the current team were part of the last tour. For many in the team it will be a first tour. It will be challenging. We should give more importance on the preparation. The priority will be to getting the team together,” she said. “The upcoming tour will be important. It’s part of the ICC Championship one dayers and there’s a point system in place. It’s important for India to garner as many points as it will help us in 2021 World Cup,” Mithali said. PTI TAP ATKATK
zoomImage Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), representing a 9.5 percent increase from the previous year.With this number, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017.“The Panama Canal continues to exceed our expectations, reinforcing every day the importance of the waterway’s expansion and its impact on global maritime trade,” Jorge L. Quijano, Panama Canal Administrator, said.The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the canal, accounting for 159 million PC/UMS tons of the total cargo, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the expanded canal. Tankers, including LPG and LNG carriers, followed close with a total of 130.3 million PC/UMS tons.The third ranked segments included bulk carriers with 73.7 million PC/UMS tons, while vehicle carriers took fourth place with 49.5 million PC/UMS tons seen during the year.In terms of cargo tonnage, the main routes using the Panama Canal in FY 2018 were between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and Europe, the West Coast of Central America and the U.S. East Coast and intercoastal South America.Panama Canal said that the main users during the period were the U.S., China, Mexico, Chile and Japan, while some 62.8 percent of the total cargo transiting the canal had its origin or destination in the United States.