Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), says Jamaica’s 86-medal haul at the recent Carifta Games comes as no surprise.Jamaica equalled their record medal haul from the previous year, winning a whopping 42 gold, 28 silver and 16 bronze.They also broke three field events and one track record in the process.Blake was present at the welcome-home press conference held inside the VIP Lounge at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday.”The future really looks very good; the assign athletes have performed really well, and as usual, we have topped the medal table yet again and in terms of our overall medal performance, this is one of our better performances,” said the president, adding that the dominance at CARIFTA is now routine.”It shows that people respect our brand and value the training that we give to our athletes and that as you see year in, year out quite a number of athletes from other territories come to Jamaica to benefit from the training that is offered here, not just the physical training, but the mental training as well, and I think it’s something very good for us here in Jamaica and for the Caribbean,” he pointed out.When asked if it was a concern that no Jamaican athlete was selected for the Austin Sealy Award for the best young athlete of the championships, he said he was a little surprised.”This year, I was a little surprised at the choice of the athlete. This is not to take anything away from the winner because the winner really did very well in breaking Kashawn Walcott’s javelin record, but we had people who broke records as well and won more than one gold, so that is something that we will be bringing up and speaking to NACAC (North America Central America Caribbean Association) about,” Blake told The Gleaner.Grenada’s Anderson Peters was presented the Austin Sealy award at the 45th Carifta Games as the most outstanding athlete. The host country’s athlete produced a winning throw of 78.28m on the second round on Saturday.The last Jamaican to win the award was Yohan Blake in 2007.
JLR India sales up 66% in Jan-Jun periodMumbai, Jul 10 (PTI) Jaguar Land Rover India todayreported a 66 per cent increase in sales at 2,579 units in thefirst half of 2018 buoyed by a strong product portfolio.Rohit Suri, president and managing director of theTatas-run company, said, “We have seen tremendous growth onthe back of new launches like the Range Rover Velar, EvoqueConvertible and the Model Year 2018 Range Rover and RangeRover Sport.”These, coupled with dedicated retail and after salesinitiatives have helped us register a solid growth of 66 percent in the first half of 2018 at 2,579 units.”Other luxury brands also did well with the marketleader Mercedes-Benz clocking 12.4 per cent more volumes at8,061 units and the number two player BMW selling 13 per centmore units at 5,171.Swedish player Volvo reported over 30 per cent spikein volumes at 1,242 units in the first half of 2018.The third largest player Audi has not yet disclosedits half-yearly sales figures. PTI BEN SS SS SS SSRDS RDS RDS