Look out! The Chinese are Coming

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 27, 2017

Football’s fever, growth and development in China is unprecedented. China’s plan is to win the World Cup soon and the influx of huge sums of cash, world-class players and esteemed coaches into the CSL will accelerate this plan. 

“The fever [in China] for football is something I have not seen before.” – Choi Yong-soo, the South Korean coach of Jiangsu.
(Photo credit: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

China, better yet, the People’s Republic of China is the second largest country by land mass in the world and the most populous country standing at 1.38 billion residents. Often described as an emerging superpower, with its increased economic, military and international influence, China is on the cusp of becoming the leading figure of world trade and power in the 21st century. Notwithstanding, this influence and trade power has trickled over into the sports world, specifically into the world’s leading game, the game of football.

In recent months and years, China’s highest tier of professional football, the Chinese Super League (CSL), has materialised as a strong competitor to European leagues in signing professional footballers to enormous salaries and contracts. Despite the notion that a player’s ultimate goal is to win trophies and titles, nevertheless, players also want to be paid and paid handsomely. They recognise that with their relatively shortened careers they have to maximise on their ability to earn immensely at the top-flight level. Continue reading

Stronger cricket clubs, parish structures needed for youngsters to transition

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 20, 2017

Philip Service, West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica

Philip Service, West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica

In an interview with ZFLS, Philip Service, the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Territorial Development Officer for Jamaica, stated that weaknesses at the parish and club levels, along with a paucity of resources and funding, have been the determining factors in the poor transition of Jamaican youngsters to first-class and international cricket. Continue reading

Nesta Carter’s only shot at a successful appeal

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published on February 13, 2017

PJ Patterson believes that Nesta Carter has strong grounds to see his disqualification by IOC from the 2008 Olympics overturned. Carter sole shot at a successful appeal may rest in arguments that rebut WADA’s laboratory standards regarding his samples.

The Nesta-Carter-failed-drug-test and disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Olympics remain the most significant story being discussed on the local news and sports scene. Last week, I weighed in on whether the IOC was correct to ban Nesta Carter. As a scientist, after reading the IOC’s decision, I was in full agreement with their conclusion. Scientifically, it was black and white. Three of Carter’s samples, his A, B1 and B2 samples, were all confirmed to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine upon re-analysis last year.

For unlearned friends and legal novices like myself, it was an open and shut case. However, legally, “not so” was the admonition from various distinguished luminaries in the field of law. For them, Carter’s case had strong grounds for appeal and was marred with what I will describe as ‘various shades of legal grey’. Continue reading

IOC’s decision to disqualify Nesta Carter was correct

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published February 6, 2017

Jamaicans have been polarised on the IOC’s decision to disqualify Nesta Carter and inadvertently Jamaica’s 4x 100m team eight years after the 2008 Olympics. Though disappointing, the decision may be correct.

Two weeks ago, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) announced that Jamaica’s Nesta Carter’s performances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics were disqualified due to his 2008 Olympics samples returning a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine – upon re-analysis.

In addition to that, the IOC declared that Jamaica’s men’s 4 x100m relay team, which Carter was a part of, was disqualified from the relay event and that the members of the team must return their gold medals, medallist pins, and diplomas obtain, after the then-world record run. Continue reading