By Clifton RossPRESIDENT of Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) Levi Nedd said he’s not overly optimistic about players returning to the courts any time in the near future.The local volleyball community has been hit heavily by the COVID-19 outbreak, as plans geared towards breaking new ground this year were haphazardly curtailed when the lockdown came into effect since the beginning of March.Apart from February’s trip to French Guiana where the senior men’s team had a good showing in the 2020 Inter-Guiana Games (IGG), not much was done thereafter.The squad returned to local soil prior to the pandemic fully being unleashed and players remained indoors as a result.The national coach told Chronicle Sport recently, that he doubts that any action will spike off anytime soon as the virus continues to spread while Guyana slowly phases back into normalcy as the months go by.Among those plans that GVF were forced to halt due to lockdown was the highly anticipated National Under-16 tournament, which would have been used to form the next generation of junior national players.A national school’s volleyball tourney as well as a nationwide coaching programme was also on the cards for the first quarter of 2020.Female volleyball players were set for the limelight in 2020 with Nedd confirming since last year that more emphasis will be placed on the ladies’ game.While the GVF has seen a surge in the participation and representation of women both locally and overseas in the sport, plans to form both junior and senior national teams by virtue of competitions were sadly put on hold as well.Those events were indefinitely pushed back months ago but the GVF head was still doubtful that any type of action will happen soon.Due to the cases continuing to rise worldwide and locally in particular, Nedd believed it was wise to still hold off and quarantine while continuing to adhere to the respective guidelines.With things in the Ancient County stagnant, volleyball, like cricket which is the biggest sport, has been suffering both financially and competition-wise.Volleyball players in Berbice continue to practise their isolated means of training and stay in ideal playing shape for when the time arrives for action.Meanwhile, Nedd still remains hopeful that the current state of things will soon be reversed and players can return to representing their country with pride as they did just a few months ago.He also encouraged players to maintain their discipline and dedication towards the development of their game, during this forced hiatus.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees continues to be lauded for the singular feat he performed Monday night.Oh, sure, he also established an NFL record for career passing yards, doing the deed with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith. But the truly amazing part of this record-shattering experience was his ability to memorize and articulate the play call that allowed Brees to eclipse Peyton Manning’s career total of 71,940 passing yards.Asked the name of the play by ESPN’s … read more
16 April 2014The South African Fed Cup team was given a favourable draw for this week’s Euro Africa Group 2 tournament in Siauliai, Lithuania, which starts on Wednesday and runs through until Saturday.PoolsThe draw, conducted on Tuesday, saw South Africa put together in Pool B with seeded Georgia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Egypt. Pool A features the seeded Montenegro, Finland, Lithuania and Liechtenstein.The tournament, which will be played on hard courts, will be contested on a round- robin basis in each pool of four teams.South Africa open their campaign on Wednesday against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The order of play for each day of the competition will be determined at the end of play each day before the following day.‘Favourable’After the draw was made, South African captain Earl Grainger described it as “favourable” for South Africa, but warned that the competition was tough.“Actually, in this type of competition there is no good draw,” he added, backtracking somewhat. “Each draw is tough as you have a gruelling three days of round-robin competition where every rubber played in each tie is important.“We have prepared well, are happy with the conditions, and my team are ready to give their very best for the country.“Hopefully come Sunday we will gain promotion to Group 1, which is our aim and objective.”PlayoffsThe winner of Pool A will play-off against the runner-up of Pool B and the winner of Pool B will play-off against the runner up of Pool A to determine which two nations advance to Euro/Africa Group 1 in 2015.The nation in 3rd place in Pool A will play-off against the nation in 4th place in Pool B and the nation in 3rd place in Pool B will play-off against the nation in 4th place in Pool A to determine which two nations will be relegated to Euro/Africa Zone Group 3 in 2015.SOUTH AFRICAN FED CUP TEAMChanel Simmonds, Madrie Le Roux, Natasha Fourouclas, Natalie Grandin and captain Earl GraingerSAinfo reporter read more
Activist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Elgar Parishad case, on Tuesday moved the Pune sessions court for anticipatory bail.The court will hear the plea on Thursday. The Bombay High Court had on Monday directed Mr. Navlakha to approach the sessions court for anticipatory bail, after which he withdrew his anticipatory bail plea in the HC.In September, the High Court had refused to quash the Pune Police’s case against Mr. Navlakha, registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Indian Penal Code, including charges of sedition. However, the HC had extended Mr. Navlakha’s interim relief from arrest by three weeks, allowing him to appeal in the Supreme Court. On October 4, the apex court had extended his protection from arrest till October 15, and later by another four weeks, granting him permission to approach an appropriate court for anticipatory bail. This interim relief expires on November 11. read more