Dina Asher-Smith backs new athletes’ union after Diamond League changes

first_imgGREAT Britain’s 200m world champion Dina Asher-Smith says she will support the Athletics Association, an athletes’ union formed in response to changes to the Diamond League programme.American two-time Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor launched the body to “fight for athletes’ rights”.“You know you always have my support! Let’s do this,” tweeted Asher-Smith.The 200m and triple jump were two of four events cut from the regular 2020 Diamond League programme.The 3,000m steeplechase and 200m will still feature at 10 of 15 Diamond meetings, while two will stage the discus and triple jump events.None of the four will be included in the Diamond League final in Zurich in September.Diamond League chairman and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) president Lord Coe said the changes were intended “to create a faster-paced, more exciting global league that will be the showcase for our sport”.However Taylor said “separating the events can only damage this sport we all love”.“We will fight for athletes’ rights and ultimately demand a seat at the table and a say in how our sport is run and how the sport can grow and evolve without ripping out its core.”He invited fellow athletes to email to register their interest and follow the organisation’s social media accounts.Britain’s Adam Gemili, who expressed surprise at the Diamond League’s announcement on Wednesday, retweeted Taylor’s manifesto.Athletes already have two voting positions on the 26-person IAAF Council with competitors at the recent World Championships in Doha balloted on who should represent them as part of the Athletes’ Commission.French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie and New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams are among those elected.“We are fully supportive,” an IAAF spokesperson told BBC Sport of the Athletics Association’s creation.“The more athletes involved in the decisions made in the sport the better the sport will be.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Barbados’ opposition leader wants answers concerning economy

first_imgThe leader of the Barbados Labor Party (BLP), Mia Mottley, has called on the Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, Cleviston Haynes, to provide a “true picture” of the local economy as she continued to criticize the economic policies of the  government.Earlier this week, Finance Minister Chris Sinckler, said that foreign exchange reserves situation in Barbados is improving and that the island’s Central Bank will soon inform citizens about the state of the economy.“For the time being, the country continues to function, people continue to go about their daily business, foreign purchases are being made, we have not heard the banks complaining that there’s no foreign exchange in Barbados to conduct business,” Sinclair told reporters.Central Bank projects low reservesBut Mottley, who is vying to become Barbados’ first woman prime minister, told a news conference there is a Central Bank projection that places the “worst case scenario of our reserves as low as BDS$100 million in December this year.Governor of Central Bank must speak plainly“So, this is not a laughing matter that you can just come and talk about arbitrarily. It is against this background I say to the people of Barbados now that the Governor of the Central Bank must truly come and speak plainly to Barbadians and not allow a minister with an electoral interest to serve to paint  a picture with his clear blue colored lenses.”Mottley warned that the financial situation could be further impacted by the continued downgrade of the island by international rating agencies.She said that while the island is expected to receive US$100 million in official foreign inflows from institutions like the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) “you will pay out because of the foreign debt.”last_img read more

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