JAMAICA SPORTS NEWS: January 17th – 23rd, 2015

JAMAICANS ATKINSON, WALTERS WIND TOP AWARDS—01/17/15
Jamaican swimming champion Alia Atkinson and Nicholas “The Axeman” Walter, top Jamaican boxer, were selected as Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at the 54th RJR Sports Foundation National Awards. The athletes were honored for their quality performance in their respective sports.

STEPHEN ALLEN WINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE RACE—01/18/15
Jamaica’s Stephen Allen, who is a policeman based in Bermuda, finished his hat-trick by winning the local men’s mile-long race for the third consecutive year at the Bermuda Marathon Weekend. This was the 40th anniversary of the event. Allen’s winning time was four minutes and 44.85 seconds.

FOREIGN AGENTS, SCOUTS UNIMPRESSED BY JAMAICAN U-20—01/20/15
While CONCACAF’s Under-20 Championships were scouted by professional coaches and agents from overseas looking for talented players, these representatives said they were “shocked” and “disappointed” with the quality of the Jamaican players. Evaluation of their play as they ranked near the bottom of Group A in the World Cup 2015 qualifiers dropped even more. According to the managing director for three top Dutch football clubs, Humphry Nijmon, the Jamaicans were “not good enough.”

COACH WHITMORE NOT PLANNING TO RESIGN—01/22/15
The coach of the Junior Reggae Boyz, Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore, said that he will not be resigning from his job. His team suffered a crushing defeat at the Under-20  tournament in Montego Bay, being beaten by the United States 2 to 0 after also being beaten by Panama and Guatemala. While acknowledging the poor performance of the team, and noting that it is the responsibility of the technical committee’s president to make the decision, Whitmore said he would not resign.