Tennis Jamaica have responded to comments made by John Azar published in yesterday’s Gleaner.In the article, Azar contended that he was legitimately elected in the abandoned election and described the over-voting as a deliberate attempt by the administration to compromise the process.In a response via press release, Tennis Jamaica president, John Bailey, said the association “remains committed to proper governance of the association and an electoral process that is transparent and fair”.It also said it rejected Azar’s accusations.”With regards to the disputed ballots, neither Mr Azar nor the administration of Tennis Jamaica is in a position to establish which ballots were compromised, as the exercise was based on secret ballots that were not marked for identification purposes.”It added that affidavits from persons purporting to vote for Azar would be inadequate replacements for ballots that may be in dispute.”Persons may, for their own benefit, give incorrect or untruthful responses after the fact.”The releases added: “It is in the pursuit of this, that – after consultation with our board and taking advice from competent persons – we decided to go the route of holding fresh elections to secure a new administration, following the last exercise on November 19, 2015 which had to be terminated due to the action of some unscrupulous members. This, amid the fact that the methodology used then to govern the elections was the usual.”On that occasion, conducting a re-vote was not possible as the meeting had broken down and a number of members had left the premises.”Tennis Jamaica asserted that the current approach is one that it believed would satisfy the requirements of all “well-thinking members of the association and persons who love the sport of tennis.The release added that Tennis Jamaica had secured the services of Jamaica Olympic Association to organise and administer the fresh elections set for March “in a way to remove any doubt as to the integrity of the proposed elections”.
Jafri said Carter principal Ray Johnson will make a decision on a coach to succeed Churchill. Meantime, Ray Kalinich is serving as interim coach. Following the loss to Arroyo Valley, the Carter side was either unaware or not letting on about Churchill’s resignation. “On Monday we’ll find out about Mike,” Kalinich said. Carter’s returning all-league defensive lineman A.J. Nichols admitted the turmoil has been a strain for the Lions (2-5, 0-2). “We’re just going to have to come together and work it out,” said Nichols, one of the last players to leave the field. “There’s been a lot of stuff going on with the coaching staff, but we’ll just have to keep playing hard.” Added Kalinich, the Pacific High School coach from 1972 through ’76: “There’s no kind of script for something like this. But I though the kids played as hard as they could tonight.” The Hawks’ offensive line of Hans Philipp, John Potrosino, Marcos Alcantar, Jaime Ruiz, Kiano Prater (6-4, 275) and Hugo Garcia dominated. Jacob Martinez contributed as well. Leading 21-7, the Hawks broke the game open with 29 seconds left in the half on a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Dustin Blount. Blount also had a 32-yard TD run and a 16-yard TD pass from Anthony Wyrick. Sophomore Devon Collins chipped in with a 1-yard TD run for the Hawks. Carter got on the board with a 27-yard Leroy Trahan TD catch from quarterback Khalid Wooten, followed with two fourth-quarter scores – a 31-yard Wooten TD run and a 10-yard scoring burst by Dorian Penn. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Using an unbalanced line, the Hawks scored 21 straight points en route to a 34-20 San Andreas League victory over Carter before 1,500 fans. “We need to play physical and go back to an old-school mentality,” said Arroyo Valley coach Tony DiThomas, whose team won its first game against six losses (1-1 in the SAL). “That worked last week in the red zone for us, so we worked on it a lot beginning on Monday in practice.” RIALTO – Balance in all things is usually good. Unless you are the Arroyo Valley football team. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Carter was not used to seeing Arroyo Valley run its spread in the unusual alignment, which puts four linemen on one side of the ball. “It’s a back to the future offense,” DiThomas said. “This is the Inland Empire, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing, isn’t it?” It was just one more problem for Carter, which played the game without veteran coach Mike Churchill. Last Monday, Churchill was suspended from coaching for an incident that happened after last Friday’s loss to Pacific. On Thursday morning Churchill submitted a letter of resignation as coach. On Friday he and a school district spokesperson, Syeda Jafri, confirmed the resgination.
Derby have announced that Steve Hitchen, who was QPR’s European scout, has been installed as one of two directors of recruitment at the East Midlands club.Hitchen informed Rangers several weeks ago that he would be ending his involvement with the club after being offered a role by Derby.Based in France, he worked for Tottenham for five years and then Liverpool for two before being hired by QPR in August 2012.His appointment came during a host of changes made by the then technical director Mike Rigg during Mark Hughes’ time as Rangers manager.Hitchen will soon be joined at Derby by Rob Mackenzie, who currently works for Tottenham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook