Jehue Gordon to receive Chaconia Gold
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago's (T&T) 400 metre hurdler Jehue Gordon is to be presented with the Chaconia Gold Medal, one of the country's highest awards, as a reward for capturing the gold medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow earlier this month.
The 21-year-old Gordon ran a world-leading time of 47.69 seconds, leaning forward to capture the country's second World Championships gold medal ahead of America's Michael Tinsley who finished in 47.70 seconds to bag silver.
T&T's only other World Championship gold medal came from sprinter Ato Boldon who won the men's 200m in the 1997 World Championships in Athens, Greece.
"I just want to say thanks ... thanks to the whole government for these amazing gifts," declared Gordon. "It is truly a blessing and I really can't wait to come home. It has been too long outside here right now but I still have a job to get finished."
UEFA president Platini calls for transfer reform
MONACO (AP):UEFA president Michel Platini called for a reform to the transfer window yesterday, labelling the current system a "robbery".
With Real Madrid on the verge of paying 100 million euros ($132 million) for Gareth Bale, Platini said something needs to change.
"I think transfers are a robbery," Platini said. "I think it's an opportunity for a lot of people to make a lot of money. Today a player is more a product than a footballer with a whole pile of people trying to get commissions.
"We and FIFA should do something and find something more healthy. Players are not free anymore and that's what we fought for 30 years ago. Before you belonged to a club, now you belong to financial holding party. I don't think this is right. We're looking into it and asking FIFA to as well."
Platini wants the transfer window to be shortened and is looking into the possibility of all European leagues starting at the same time.
While Platini said Bale's transfer fee is extravagant, he added that Real Madrid, which had a turnover last year of more than 250 million euros ($330 million), has not broken any financial fair play rules.
Tsonga splits with coach
PARIS (AP):Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has parted ways with Australian coach Roger Rasheed after less than one year.
The eighth-ranked Tsonga is currently recovering from a knee injury that forced him to drop out of his second-round match at Wimbledon.
In a statement released to French media, the former Australian Open finalist praised Rasheed's work but said that "The language barrier and the difficulties linked to our geographic locations are restraining our collaboration."