Richard Bevan elected CPL chairman
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC):
Leading sports administrator Richard Bevan has been elected new chairman of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), officials have disclosed.
Bevan, who has over 20 years' experience working with elite level sports, is to assume the position with immediate effect.
He is the current chief executive of the League Managers' Association in the United Kingdom, having previously held the role of CEO at the English Professional Cricketers Association.
"I am delighted that Richard has taken on the role of Chairman of the CPL board. Richard has huge experience in the business of sport and a track record in leading organisations through significant growth and expansion," said Damien O'Donohoe, CEO of The CPL.
"His knowledge of international sports administration, especially in cricket, will be of huge value to The CPL as we look to build on the successes of our first year. The CPL is very honoured to have him lead the team."
MIAMI, Florida (CMC):
Jamaica is brimming with confidence ahead of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship to be staged in the Cayman Islands from January 9-19.
Head coach Xavier Gilbert says the team is bent on qualifying for next August's FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup.
"I think we have a good chance of qualifying based on the talent and experience in the team," Gilbert said.
"We have always been a peripheral team, lying in fourth or fifth in CONCACAF, so with that, plus our talent pool, I think we stand a very good chance of advancing to the top three."
Jamaica are drawn into tough Group A, which also consists of perennial powerhouse United States, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
CONCACAF to host first annual awards
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is to stage its first annual CONCACAF Awards to honour the year's stand-out performers.
The awards, which will continue on an annual basis, have been designed to recognise the top players, coaches and referees in women's and men's football within the CONCACAF region.
"We are delighted to introduce the first edition of the annual CONCACAF Awards, which will provide rightful and much-deserved recognition to our region's best players, coaches and referees in the women's and men's games," said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.
The CONCACAF Awards will honour players and achievements in CONCACAF-sanctioned tournaments and competitions involving the confederation's national teams at all levels, including FIFA World Cup qualifying for both genders, in all age categories.