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Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2017 | 12:15 AMLaurie Foster

Two weeks ago, Foster's Fairplay wrote an open letter to the President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).It urged him to have his organisation conduct an in-depth investigation, not only into the country's surprisingly...

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

It was the end of an era of sheer excellence on Saturday when the undisputed greatest sprinter of all time, Usain Bolt called time on his individual competition career at the 16th IAAF World Championships in Athletics at the Olympic Park in London...

Published:Wednesday | February 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

As was revealed through a press release, former West Indies captain and doughty middle-order batsman Jimmy Adams has taken over as the director of cricket at Cricket West Indies (CWI). Adams, at age 49, has taken the post after Australian Richard...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Foster's Fairplay has always deemed the government Minister with responsible for Sports, Olivia Grange, to be the ideal fit for that aspect of her portfolio. Her groundings and those whom she assembles in her support speak to nothing less.Recent...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

The president of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Italian media man Gianni Merlo, has written to the president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Lord Sebastien Coe, suggesting that all world records...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:16 AMLaurie Foster

This week, Foster’s Fairplay is trapped in a reflective mode, looking at the sporting achievements that commanded most attention during the year past. This columnist does not claim, as was the case in formative years, to have a keen eye on...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 4:00 PMLaurie Foster

The recent passing of the boxing icon, Muhammad Ali, has elicited expansive tributes from several interest levels. The label 'Greatest Sportsman ever' is affixed, not without honest justification. The former world heavyweight champion had...

Published:Tuesday | February 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Last week, the team leader of the organising committee of the Gibson-McCook Relays (GMR) was interviewed on KLAS Sports Radio.Any sentimentally inclined sporting enthusiast must have been duly moved.Foster's Fairplay was privileged to have been...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Coming from a respected practitioner in the discipline, Tuesday, November 10 is Coaches Day. Foster's Fairplay will not contest the revelation, given that it fits squarely in a plan, conceptualised post-Beijing World Championships.No less a person...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:50 PMLaurie Foster, Contributor

It was some Public Holiday night in 2008 - National Heroes Day appropriately springs to mind - that this columnist paid a visit to the Waterhouse community of St Andrew. It was a period of personal vehicular immobility, a favourite taxi driver...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Much has been said in support of and opposing the recently appointed West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) coach Phil Simmons.The Trinidadian assumed the mantle following the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in March.He had, before that,...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2015 | 1:04 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Recently there appeared a story borne of and written by this columnist. It featured a suggestion, albeit a public one, to two of Jamaica's best ever sprinters, who sat atop the planet during the 2005 to 2007 period.Quoting from the article, Asafa...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay is still basking in the afterglow of the XV IAAF Beijing World Championships. Starting with the new paradigm that branded the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jamaica's lovers of sports were spellbound by the superlative performances in five...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay is frequently verbally attacked for what some deem to be a serious defect in telling its stories. The allegation is that this columnist, with disturbing regularity, leaves the audience high and dry.While accepting the criticism and...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay is a lifelong fanatic of sports. As such, there is much joy at recent news.The Sunday edition of this newspaper declared: "GraceKennedy (GK) has secured the media rights to all Inter-Secondary Schools' Sports Association (ISSA)...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Much has been discussed here and elsewhere about pending action at the XV IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) World Championships in Athletics.Track and field is, by far, Jamaica's most successful sport. Its biennial showpiece...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay is fiercely protective of Jamaica's world-standard track and field talent. When it seeks exposure under a foreign flag, there is frustration, coupled with anger.This columnist was at the 1999 Seville World Championships. Talking to...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) National Championships had its gloss removed on the last weekend in June, when arguably the two most anticipated events were shorn of a top-ranker expected to compete.

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

There is no difficulty or discomfort in recounting that Kingston College (KC) has written an indelible chapter in the pages of Jamaica's sporting history. This columnist has been recognised at the highest level of international sport, for "real...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Many will recall - the revenue deviants might prefer not to - the days this columnist, wearing another cap, was employed to the Government of Jamaica.Years of customs officer service, before some politically inclined fanatics had their way, were...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Track & Field aficionados zero in on the National Stadium later this week - Thursday to Sunday - seeking what could be a changing of the guard in Jamaica's athletics arena.

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Foster's Fairplay sends an open letter this week to the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, who is from a long and distinguished line of Kingston College graduates who have held the top post in the...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

It has always been a singular pleasure and privilege to interact with any Holding. The family has been highly respected and indeed, revered from the days, sisters, Rheima (Lady Hall) and Dr Marjorie (Mrs Jeffrey Cobham) were guests of senior Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Foster's Fairplay sometimes asks the question, "Who is reading and enjoying this column?" To get a positive feedback from a former St George's College Sunlight Cup and Jamaica fast bowler, Roy McCatty, now resident in Florida, was indeed gratifying....

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster, Contributor

Foster's Fairplay paid a self-mandated visit last week to Shelly's CAFE on the campus of Jamaica's University of Technology (UTech).This was in continuance of an unannounced mission statement to support anything or anyone who in this column's...

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