Athletics still in good hands – Blake says sport will continue to evolve

first_img ENOUGH TALENT LONDON, England: He’s getting ready to premiere his biopic ahead of what will be his farewell season, but despite Usain Bolt’s fast-approaching swansong, training partner Yohan Blake believes the sport will be left in good hands. Bolt’s documentary, I Am Bolt, which promises never-before-seen access to the life and experiences of the world’s greatest sprinter, is set to hit movie theatres across the world tomorrow, with the sprinter, his parents Jennifer and Wellesley, along with co-directors Benjamin and Gabe Turner, all expected at tomorrow’s glitzy premiere at London’s West End spot, Odeon Leicester Square. Blake, who despite recent injury setbacks is still considered by many to be among the sprinters, who will lead the tussle for the soon-to-be-vacated throne, is looking forward to the film, which he believes will show the sacrifices that professional athletes have to endure, while looking back at some of his more memorable moments competing alongside and against Bolt. “The documentary is wonderful. Usain has achieved so much in this sport. To win three Olympic gold medals at three straight Olympic Games – that is not easy, so he deserves all the attention, and I think the documentary will let people understand what it takes and what takes place. I think it’s very important,” Blake told The Sunday Gleaner. Bolt’s inevitable departure from competition has sparked some concern that track and field – which already struggles to keep pace with more commercial and popular sports – will fall further behind once the Jamaican leaves the track. Blake, however, believes there is more than enough exciting talent in the sport to build on the momentum and keep interest high once Bolt’s drawing card can no longer be called on. “I think the sport will continue to evolve (after Bolt’s retirement). Look at Wayde van Niekerk who broke the 400m world record (at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games). No one thought that this record would be broken for now and I have something up my sleeve myself, and with Warren (Weir), Trayvon Bromell and so on. A lot of guys are coming up and it will continue to be interesting, of course,” Blake stated. The 2011 World 100m champion, who says he is training well ahead of the new season following his return fourth-placed finish at the Rio Olympic Games, listed his double silver-medal run four years ago at the London Olympics as his favourite races against Bolt. “I wouldn’t say when I beat him (Bolt) in Jamaica (at the 2012 National Senior Championships), but I would say at the London Olympic Games. It was an epic one-on-one battle in the 100m and 200m, and, I think, for me, those were my favourite races against Usain,” Blake said. “It was good to be back at the Olympics. I have to give God thanks. He has changed my life. I came fourth and I am happy with that because you have to learn to appreciate the small moments. I was fourth in the world after an almost three-year layoff, so I am happy and looking forward to the next season,” said Blake. “Everything is going well. (My) coach and my entire team are loving the progress and I am enjoying the background work right now. I think I need to improve my flexibility, and I have been losing some muscle mass and getting back to my old self, and that’s what I am focusing on, and just working on my technique,” Blake added.last_img read more

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Magnolia overcomes late Alaska run, stays on top

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Our guards have been playing really well the last few games and again Jio stepped up, Mark played good defense against Banchero and Paul on offense,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero after his squad improved to 7-1.Jalalon followed up his triple-double performance with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists while Lee and Barroca had 14 and 12 points, respectively to lead the Hotshots to their fifth consecutive win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlaska rose from 20 points down in the third period and pulled within two, 75-73, after a basket by Jake Pascual off a nifty setup by Chris Banchero with 2:17 remaining but that turned out to be the Aces’ final basket as the Hotshots closed the game on an 8-0 spurt.Lee came through for the Hotshots in the clutch as he blew past Ping Exciminiano for the drive to put his team ahead, 77-73, with 47.8 ticks left. Jalalon then, hit a pair of free throws before Barroca made a layup to seal the game. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title ‘Motivated’ Mahinay comes up big for surging UST Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PBA IMAGESMagnolia turned to their guards to hold off a late run by Alaska, 83-73, and stay in first place in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Romeo Travis was solid anew with team-bests of 19 points and 17 rebounds but it was the guard play of Jio Jalalon, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca that proved crucial for the Hotshots amid the fiery fightback by the Aces.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum A two-handed dunk by Travis put the icing on the cake against his former team.The Aces slipped to fourth with a 5-2 slate, just a half-game behind idle Blackwater. Barangay Ginebra is in second at 7-2 following its shock loss to Rain or Shine on Saturday in Lucena.Mike Harris paced Alaska, which had 23 turnovers and only 15 assists, with 24 points and 25 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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India’s Youth to Help It Replace China as Economic Superpower: Report

first_imgIndia will emerge as an economic superpower, driven by the younger generation while China ages quickly, according to a report by Deloitte LP. In Asia, the number of people aged 65 years and above will increase from 365 million at present to more than half a billion in 2027, accounting for 60 per cent of that age group globally by 2030, the report, released last week, said.India’s workforce will increase from 885 million to 1.08 billion people in the next 20 years and will stay above that for 50 years, it showed. “India will account for more than half of the increase in Asia’s workforce in the coming decade, but this isn’t just a story of more workers: these new workers will be much better trained and educated than the existing Indian workforce,’’ Anis Chakravarty, an economist at Deloitte India, told Bloomberg Quint. “There will be rising economic potential coming alongside that, thanks to an increased share of women in the workforce, as well as an increased ability and interest in working for longer. The consequences for businesses are huge.’’ Walking side by side with India are countries like Indonesia and the Philippines, who also have a comparatively younger population.But only the right framework to sustain and promote growth can help the Indian economy grow or else the huge population is at risk of facing unemployment and consequent social unrest.The countries that face the biggest challenges from the impact of ageing on growth are China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand. For Australia, the impact will likely surpass that of Japan, which has already been facing the challenges of getting older.“Rare among rich nations, Australia has a track record of welcoming migrants to our shores,” said Ian Thatcher, deputy managing partner at Deloitte Asia Pacific. “That leaves us less at risk of an ageing-related slowdown in the decades ahead.’’ Related ItemsAnis Chakravarty DeloitteDeloitte report IndiaIndia workforce DeloitteIndian population growthIndian young workforceLittle Indialast_img read more

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