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Stories by Laurie Foster

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

The world sprinting legend, Usain Bolt, tore up the record books at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, setting marks which underlined Jamaica's claim to be the global sprint factory. These heroics should have been no surprise as from 1948, when the country...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

If having to play in a series of qualifying matches leading into the ICC 2019 World Cup was not enough embarrassment for the two-time title holders, West Indies had the ignominy of further shame in the warm-up games that preceded the official...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

What happened last weekend, with the pulling - out of Calabar High School from the Gibson McCook Relays, is disturbing. Foster's Fairplay has heard a variety of reasons which were factors for the decision. The one which is the least credible, in...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

When will the saga end as to whose national kit the increasingly popular, 20-year-old Jamaican football talent Leon Bailey will eventually wear? While the stand-off between this season's Bundesliga sensation and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF...

Published:Wednesday | February 14, 2018 | 12:15 AMLaurie Foster

Time is running out on the brokering of a mutually acceptable deal which will enable the constantly improving Leon Bailey, the Bundesliga star performer, to represent Jamaica, the country of his birth.   Bailey is the flagship footballer of...

Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

With no Olympic Games or World Championships scheduled this year, Jamaica has to be satisfied with a track and field event of less value and prominence. It seems like the last edition of the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow, Scotland, was just a...

Published:Wednesday | January 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

For the many who have slavishly knelt at the altar of West Indies cricket for what appears to be an eternity, its current condition is less than encouraging. In fact, it is over two decades that the team has been drifting, lost at sea with little or...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Foster's Fairplay continues to grapple with various opinions as to the true meaning of the cricketing term Man of the Match (MOM). What are the ingredients which when considered together, cause the adjudicator to decide which of the 22 players or...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMLaurie Foster

Since his breakout at the junior level in the year 2002, it has become traditional for superstar Usain Bolt to raise the expectancy levels of the track and field family as to what he has in store for the upcoming season.English cricket scribe, Fred...

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...

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