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Stories by Dr Paul Wright

Published:Tuesday | September 4, 2018 | 12:54 AMDr Paul Wright

Jamaica's senior women's football team deserves our heartiest congratulations on the manner of their unbeaten run in the recent CONCACAF Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifying competition at our National Stadium. These girls...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

The administration of sports in Jamaica is a serious job. Whenever a vacancy for the post of leader in cricket, football, or netball, comes up, there is usually a well-documented fight for the position of top administrator.However, it is universally...

Published:Wednesday | December 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

The fourth week of December every year is usually a busy one for the people who love and do 'sports'. There is a Christmas tradition of sport contests, worldwide, that ensures that the rest of us (sport fans) have family fun time either at a...

Published:Friday | December 1, 2017 | 12:14 AMDr Paul Wright

Cricket, lovely cricket, on cable is where I saw it, is a paraphrase of a memorable calypso, of yesteryear when Test cricket was the game to watch.Recently, the advent and popularity of T20 cricket has caused many a "new" fan of the game to...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:20 AMDr Paul Wright

Jason Livermore is a decorated Jamaican track star. He has represented us in Track and Field at the World Relays and the Commonwealth Games. He has won a relay gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and an individual bronze medal in his pet event, the 200m sprint...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

The news that athletics' legend and national icon Usain St Leo Bolt will miss the Manchester United Legends match in Barcelona on September 2 concretises the fact that his hamstring injury will really take weeks, if not months, for full recovery.It...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

I have long held the belief that international sport should be the best of ours against the best of yours. Modern eligibility rules have made a mockery of my hope as national teams, in a fervent desire to win-at-all-costs, select athletes to...

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

By its very nature, sport is structured so that winning is the goal, the reason for playing. It is said that in youth sport, the effort to prepare and the desire to compete should take precedence over a comparative score. Children should be taught...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

As we usher in the new year, it is customary to reflect on the year that was. In sports, Jamaicans excelled, not only on the world stage, but locally.We, the fans, revelled in the performance of our fellow citizens, who overcame fantastic odds while...

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright

Track and field athletes have been the most successful group of Jamaicans in international competition for over 50 years.The Olympics and, to a lesser extent, the World Championships, have been broadcast to an expectant nation in great detail and...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

There were two very contrasting football results over the past weekend. Two matches were played at the National Stadium, one on Friday November 13 and the other the following Saturday. Both matches drew impressive crowd numbers and the results were...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

As the world reels from disclosure after disclosure that the men who 'volunteer' for service as sport administrators have personal aggrandisement as the real reason for their service, the call for term limits to their reign becomes even more moot....

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Alicia Ashley was born in Jamaica on August, 23 1967. On Friday, at the age of 48 years and 81 days old she won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight championship title. Ashley is a world-champion athlete with the genetic makeup and...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

The Flow Super Cup in schoolboy football is a good innovation. Now in its second year, it gives the local football fan a good look at under-18 footballers across the island. The format, which includes seeding the top-four Manning Cup teams and the...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

The humiliating innings defeat in the first Test by Sri Lanka over the West Indies inside four days, came as no real surprise.The team of cricketers sent overseas by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have been so discombobulated by strange and...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

The World Championships in rugby enters its knockout stage this week, with the main stories focusing on the capitulation of the England team to Australia in a dramatic win-or-go-home match, thus becoming the first host to be eliminated from the...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

The talent of Jamaicans when it comes to sports is undisputed. Our fellow citizens, men, and women excel when their raw talent and innate ability are harnessed, and coached, then compared with athletes from anywhere else on the planet in competition...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

The school teams are now sponsored (some more than others) and it seems as if the other aspects of school life are now on the back-burner. The playing surfaces remain woeful and the prevailing drought conditions are definitely not helpful. In the...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

As the 2015 athletic season winds down, the final race of the Diamond series and the World Athletics Championships did very little, in my estimation, to remove doubts about the veracity of some of the results posted.The general reaction of the...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 1:38 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) is losing money on a daily basis. The Government of Jamaica, the only shareholder, insists that the company will be divested. Timeline after timeline for divestment passes by with a regularity that defies logic.A "...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Jamaica's team to netball's World Championships, the Sunshine Girls, has been the fittest, best trained, best fed, best sponsored of all the previous netball teams to any international competition in living memory.The Girls have a new coach and an...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Experts in the fight against doping in sports have long discussed and recognised that governments and anti-doping organisations worldwide have very little incentive to discover and prove if any of its marquee names (in any sport) has used or is...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Jamaica's Gold Cup campaign has ended with a 3-1 defeat by Mexico in the finals on Sunday. The Reggae Boyz played well, and except for an inability to put the ball in the opponents' net during the first 30 minutes of undeniable ascendancy, and two...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

There has been corruption in sports ever since "sport for the sake of sport" began. There are recorded instances of athletes in the first Olympics using "performance enhancers" to improve their chances of victory.The gradual influence of money in...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDr Paul Wright, Contributor

Jamaican sport fans had a good last weekend in June. Our track and field representatives showed at the National Trials that the impressive form (and times) of our fiercest rivals, the USA, need not be a reason to panic.I truly believe that all is...

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