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Grove Park Renamed in Honour of Willett

He is largely credited for paving the way for other cricketers from the Leeward Islands, to gain selection on the West Indies Cricket Team. Now 37 years after he made his debut for the West Indies, the people of his homeland, Nevis, have decided to honour Elquemedo Willett for his contribution and achievements in the sport of cricket.

The Nevis Island Administration, (NIA),headed by former Nevisian cricketer, Premier Joseph Parry, will lead in the celebrations on Wednesday, (July 28th), to re-name the island’s main sporting facility, Grove Park, in honour  of the former left-arm spinner, Elquemedo Willett.

Willett who made his debut against Australia in 1973, at the age of 19, is considered be most fitting for the recognition.

The ceremony will include speeches from top officials and leaders in the NIA and there is also expected to be a cultural presentation and other forms of entertainment. A double header cricket match between male and female teams from St. Kitts and Nevis will form part of the highlights.

Thousands of cricket lovers and other residents on Nevis, in addition to scores expected from St. Kitts, will be present at the ceremony. A number of former and present crickets from both islands are also expected to join in the occasion.

As of Wednesday, July 28th, the sporting complex will be known as the Elquemedo Willett Park.

   

Merlene Ottey Making a Comeback

At age 50, Merlene Ottey is eying a return to competitive athletic action at the 2010 European Championships. Ottey who is a three time World Champion, would become the oldest athlete to ever participate in the competition.

In 2002, Ottey relinquished her Jamaican athletic ties when she became a naturalized citizen of Slovania, after striking a deal to represent that nation, on the international circuit. Before her move however, she had already won nine (9) medals in seven games for her native Jamaica.

Ottey was one of five women recently selected for Slovania’s female 4x100m relay squad, expected to take part in the European games, scheduled for Barcelona, Spain, on July 31st. She placed second in the Slovanian qualifiers and is therefore most likely to gain the nod for the final team.

The only person older than Ottey who has participated in the European Championships, was Nicole Brakebusch-Leveque, of France, at age 47.

Ottey would be hoping that her impressive record and experience would provide her with the required edge to deliver an outstanding performance at the 2010 games.

She has won 29 medals at major championships, more than any other athlete. At 35, she won the 200m in the World Championships, becoming the oldest gold medalist at the event.

   

South African Beats Tiger Woods to Win British Open

On a day when the world was honouring his country’s National Hero, Nelson Mandela, a little known South African golfer named Louis Oosthuizen, managed to defeat some of the greatest golfers to capture his first major title, at the British Open, at St. Andrews.

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Injury Sidelines Serena Williams for Upcoming Tournaments

A few weeks after winning her 4th Wimbledon tennis title, American sports hero, Serena Williams has been sidelined by injury and may very well miss a series of upcoming tournaments.

According to reports emanating from the WTA, Williams is said to have injured her right foot cutting it on broken glass in a restaurant. It is now expected that the injury would require surgery, which Williams said makes her upset that she won’t be able to participate in competitions in Montreal, Istanbul and Cincinnati.

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