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Dwain Chambers- Should he have been picked for Team G.B.?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2013 by jackpinnock

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The London 2012 Olympic Games in London bought out the best, not only in athletes from around the world, but especially athletes from the Great Britain team. Unfortunately, there is one exception from the illustrious list, Dwain Chambers.

A statement made by UK athletics said “It is extremely frustrating to leave young athletes at home – eligible for Beijing, in possession of the qualifying standard and committed to ongoing participation in a drug-free sport. In contrast, we have to take an individual whose sudden return, especially when considered against his previous actions and comments, suggests that he may be using the whole process for his own ends.”

UK Athletics Performance director, Dave Collins also said “There is a strong feeling among the committee that we would like to see greater penalties for drug cheats. That’s obviously something that will need to be addressed after this and going forwards.”

These are the comments made by officials after The British Olympics Association (BOA) overturned the rule of lifetime bans for alleged drugs cheats, in order to choose Chambers for the Great British Olympic team. Chambers was banned in 2003 after testing positive for the performance enhancement drug, THG.

On his return, Chambers ran in the Olympic trials in Birmingham. He won his event in the 100m sprint; however, he was still outside the ‘A’ standard qualification time needed in order to compete in the 2012 Olympics. Another standard requirement needed in order to run in the Olympics was to run in the 100m at the European Championships in Helsinki, which Chambers never participated, in order to rest.

However, by breaking almost every rule in the book, he still competed in the most coveted games to date, finishing in 5th in his 100m race. Known for being Great Britain ‘fastest’ sprinter, did Chambers deserve to compete in London 2012?

Cricket- The DRS System

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2013 by jackpinnock

DRS, known as the Decision Review System, is a technology based system used to review controversial decisions made by on-field umpires in the subsequent scenario of the batsman being dismissed. There are two main components of the DRS system. Firstly, there is Hawk Eye, which is ball tracking technology that plots the trajectory of a bowling delivery that has been interrupted by the batsman, and it will also determine whether the ball would consequently hit the stumps or not. The second component to the Decision Review System is Hot Spot, which is an infra-red camera devise which shows where the ball has been in contact with the pad or bat.

However, the DRS system is not in place for all international matches, and it has made many international nations rather angry that it is not a mandatory tool. Firstly, in the rules and regulations, is the decision of the international boards whether or not to include the DRS system and not the International Cricket Council (ICC). Secondly, with the use of the DRS system, there is no real need for the umpires, as video technology alone can determine the correct decision of a piece of controversial incident that has happened in a Test match.

One nation that is rather sceptical about the DRS system’s accuracy is top ranked nation in the ICC rankings, India. England have a four day tour of India coming up and are not to pleased with India, because of the exclusion of the DRS system. The Indian board feel that the Hawk Eye and Hot Spot technology is not up to professional and is sometimes inaccurate. However, from my perspective, I think that this excuse is rather pathetic, as most nations are in favour of this technology. Furthermore, I truly believe that many other sports, like Football, can learn from this and introduce technology, especially Hawk Eye into their respective sports.

However, without the technology, broadcasters still use it for their productions so that viewers can see the contentious decisions made by the umpires without the technology, and maybe, this could be classed as acceptable. There is one fundamental reason why broadcasters take advantage of the umpires not using it, entertainment. Cricket, and all other sports, is a perfect platform for controversy, and for broadcasters to use this in there productions create many talking points and drama. This increases the viewing stats, and therefore, more people watch more one day internationals.

On the basis of all of these points, the question beckons, should the DRS system be used in all competitions? From my perspective, I think it should, solely because it creates a level playing field, and with the game of Cricket being surrounded by match fixing, I think that the last thing that Cricket needs is more controversy on and off the field.

 

Darts in the Olympics?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by jackpinnock

16 time world champion, Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor said that he would be chuffed to bits to see Darts in the Olympics, after his 7-4 victory against Dutchman, Michael Van Gerwen in the PDC world championships. However, is he right?

Despite the announcement that there will be an investment of £508 million until 2016, unfortunatly there will be funding cuts to some key Olympic sports including Handball and Volleyball which may not feature British participation in Rio De Janeiro for 2016.

With the success of the 2012 games in London in all areas of the track and field, the question lies with is there room for Darts to compete in the Olympics?

You have to say that it is more popular than many Olympic sports, and there are now sports that are being questioned for being categorized as Olympic sport such as Football and Dressage.

Former British Olympic Association Director, Sir Clive Woodward took to Twitter to say “Darts is definatly an Olympic sport. Look at the fans, TV coverage, audience and real skill under pressure.” Taylor said “You’d have a good atmosphere, it’d be exciting to watch.”

Based on these comments made by people who have extensive knowledge in the sporting legacy, I would definatly agree that Darts could become an Olympic sport, and maybe should be considered for Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

 

 

The 3 Promoted Clubs So Far

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

As we know, Reading, Southampton and West Ham have achieved the fantastic accolade of winning promotion to the promised land of the Premier League. With the Npower Championship one of the difficult leagues to get out of, there is no question that these three teams have quality. However, three months of the season have flown by, so it begs the question, how have the Royals, the Saints and the Hammers done so far?

Reading

Brian McDermott’s side were the title winners of the Championship season after hitting form from January onwards, however, converting their form in the Championship to the Premier League has not been so easy. With one win in their last 16 league matches, Reading lie second from bottom in the relegation zone, and with the dreaded run of a congested Christmas fixture list, it doesn’t look like it will get any easier for the Royals. Nevertheless, there is no question there is quality in the side, and with McDermott’s preference to play stylish, slick football, they are a very eye catching team to watch. The summer acquisitions of Russian hitman, Pavel Pogrebnyak from Stuttgart, who recently spent last season on loan at London rivals Fulham, and playmaker, Danny Guthrie, who was released by Newcastle has definatly added creative spark and flair to the team. There is no doubt that with the January transfer window nearly upon us, McDermott would like to splash the cash from new owner Anton Zingarevich. The question still remains, can Reading stay up this season ?

Verdict

McDermott’s men need a reality check. I think spending the 2013/2014 season back in the Championship is going to happen.

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Southampton

The Saints have emulated the achievements of Norwich City by winning back to back promotions from the Npower League 1 and Npower Championship respectively. However, like Reading, they have struggled to cope with the pace of the Premier League, but it has to be said, Nigel Adkins would bite your hand off if the season finished now, as the St Mary’s outfit currently lie in 15th position. Southampton, whose last appearance in the Premier League was in 2004, have invested heavily during the summer transfer window with Jay Rodriguez moving from Burnley for a remarkable £7million, and Uruguayan prodigy Gaston Ramirez moving from Italian Serie A outfit, Bologna for a staggering £12 million. Furthermore, with the likes of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana still with the Saints, there is without a doubt, goals and creative flair in the side. The major flaw to with Nigek Adkins’ side is his defence, having conceded 32 goals in the top flight, the Saints have the leakiest back line in the division. With the January transfer fast approaching, surely a commanding, experienced centre half is the main priority for Southampton.

Verdict

Despite the unorganisation of his defence, I think Southampton have enough steel and flair for them to stay in the division for at least another season.

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West Ham

Since being relegated from the Premier League back in the 2010/2011 season, Sam Allardyce’ men have become a real force to be reckoned with. Losing just 8 games in the Npower Championship, and narrowly beating Blackpool in the Play-Off final at Wembley, the Hammers have started the Premier League campaign in tremendous fashion. The signings of skipper Kevin Nolan, defensive stalwart James Collins, winger Matt Jarvis, midfield powerhouse Mohammed Diame and England striker Andy Carroll have defiantly sent a message to fellow Premier League sides, saying we are not just settling for 17th place. With the mind blowing £11 million signing of Jarvis, and the surprising loan signing of Carroll from Liverpool, you can quite simply see where the threats are from West Ham. Also, with the goal poaching of Nolan, the Upton Park outfit will not struggle for goals this season. So far, the Hammers lie in 11th position, but on the basis of their current form, a top 10 finish is very much a realistic aim. Comfortable victories against Chelsea and Newcastle, and a valuable point against champions Manchester City will give West Ham’s men confidence against bigger clubs. However, surprisingly, you could say this is West Ham’s downfall, as competing against smaller teams that you would say are winnable, the Hammers seem to lose that confidence and let the opposition possess the game. Defeats against Wigan and Swansea are prime examples of why you cannot let your guard down. Nevertheless, with the Olympic Stadium guaranteed to be the Hammers new home from 2016, Allardyce would like to think to stay in the top flight until then, and then maybe mount a serious challenge for a European place.

Verdict

There is too much quality in the side for just a 14th or 15th place finish. I think a place in the top 10 should be a realistic aim for West Ham.

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Woking match report

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

Despite the 7-0 hammering from Hyde last Saturday, Woking bounced back in tremendous fashion as they took their revenge on Lincoln City at Sincil Bank with a fairly comfortable 2-0 win.

The Cards, who recorded only their second clean sheet of the season and registering their third away win of the season, took an early lead with a penalty in which Kevin calmly converted after a foul on Woking wide man, Brett Williams.

The Imps rarely tested keeper Aaron Howe, as a tactical change from last week’s mauling of The Cards, saw Garry Hill’s men convert to a five man midfield, with Kevin Betsy and top scorer, Bradley Bubb operating on both wings.

Bubb could have doubled Woking’s lead in quick succession when midfield linchpin, Billy Knott, who was signed from Premier League outfit Sunderland after a couple of loan spells with the club, fed Bubb whose fierce drive hot the side netting.

Lincoln’s best chance in the first half fell to Scott Garner, whose header was expertly tipped over the bar by Howe.

On the hour mark, Lee Sawyer’s powerful drive deflected off two Lincoln defenders, in which Bubb was the quickest to react and finish well to double the Cards’ lead.

Immediately after the goal, Knott almost trebled the lead when his curling effort inside the area was clawed away by Imps keeper Paul Farman who was at full stretch.

It was plain sailing for Woking in the final 15 minutes, and came away from Sincil Bank with maximum points, and are now 4 points clear of safety in a congested bottom half of the Blue Square Bet Premier League table.

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My Newspaper page

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2012 by jackpinnock

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Me interviewing Aldershot’s Adam Mekki

Posted in Football, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 7, 2012 by jackpinnock