In a unique arrangement for Jamaican sport that could find Trinidad and Tobago in tow, the champion of Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon will compete in Japan’s Tottori Marathon after the organisers of the two events came to a historic agreement.
Conversely, the winner of the Tottori Marathon which took place March 13 will compete in the Reggae Marathon in Jamaica.
“The plan is that the winner of the Tottori Marathon will participate in the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K in December 2016, while the winner of Reggae Marathon 2016 will travel to Japan in March 2017 to run in the Tottori Marathon,” said Alfred Francis, director of the Reggae Marathon.
The collaboration has come on the back of Tottori’s hospitality toward Jamaican athletes prior to the World Championships in Osaka in 2007, and again in 2015 ahead of the Beijing World Championships.
Tottori, called a Prefecture, is also twinning with Jamaica in other areas as well, with the parish of Westmoreland in Jamaica cooperating on issues of agriculture.
In news about one Jamaican sporting star, well Excerpts from much-maligned West Indian batsman Chris Gayle’s soon-to-be released autobiography have been caustic against his detractors.
Gayle, who last year found himself amid much controversy for on-air comments to journalist Mel McLaughlin, duing the Australian Big Bash League, let his feelings out in his autobiography.
The T20 star had asked McLaughlin out for drinks during the live Ten interview, deflecting cricket questions, before making the now infamous comment ‘Don’t blush baby’.
Former England pace bowler Freddy Flintoff had said Gayle made himself look like a ‘bit of a chop’ after the incident Gayle called ‘a little fun’.
“I didn’t mean to be disrespectful and I didn’t mean it to be taken serious,” Gayle wrote before taking on those who maligned him for the action.
“The only chop Freddie (Flintoff) knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four,” wrote Gayle.
The big left-hander also spoke about what he called, an overreaction to the incident.
“Channel 10’s commentary team could be heard laughing in the background … but someone above them clearly decided to step in, and a throwaway comment in a fun format escalates and blows up and within hours it has turned into a major international incident,” read a line from the excerpt in The Times.
Gayle had also come in for serious criticism from former Australian batsman Ian Chappell, who had called for the dangerous opening batsman to be banned from all T20 leagues around the world.
“Ian Chappell, calling for me to banned worldwide, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself,” Gayle wrote.
More interest has been sparked in Gayle’s autobiography after a story broke a few days ago about an interview in which Gayle was said to be at it again.
According to reports from Times Magazine journalist Charlotte Edwardes, Gayle boasted of having a ‘very, very big bat’, asking her unsuitable follow-on questions.
The fresh reports have been labeled disappointing by Chris Gayle’s Somerset side in the NatWest T20 Blast where the left hander heads next.
Somerset have backed Chris, to some extent though, saying the new incident was not a reason not to pick him for the NatWest competition.