Friday, 15 March 2013

THE BUZZ REPORT: Boys & Girls' Champs update + Pope Francis welcomed by local Catholics + Bolt looking forward to relay run in Ostrava

Jamaican Catholics offer hearty congrats to new Pope Francis 

The news that Argentina's 76-year-old Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been elected the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican City has met with full-on support from the Jamaican Catholic community. "The Archbishop of Kingston, Archbishop Charles Dufour in union with the Bishop of Mandeville and Administrator of Montego Bay, the Reverend Niel Tiedemann, as well as the priests, religious sisters, brothers and lay faithful of the country are united in offering congratulations and assurance of prayers for the new pontiff, the 266th pope," stated a media released on Wednesday. The new Pope, who was selected after two days of voting, is to be called Francis, and is the first Jesuit as well as the first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years. He is also the first leader of the church ever chosen from South America. 

Czech meet added to Bolt's championship season schedule

The organisers of the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Thursday announced that Usain Bolt will run the 4x100m as part of a Jamaican team on Thursday, June 27. The sprint superstar has been a regular visitor to the Czech city, whose meet has achieved IAAF World Challenge status and attracts many of the world’s top athletes. “I’m looking forward to running the 4x100m in Ostrava this year. It will be my seventh time to compete in the Golden Spike meeting and my first time to run the relay there," Bolt said in a statement. "The meeting is only a few days after the Jamaican Championships and the relay fits nicely into my competition programme.”

Competition heating up at Champs 2013 

Hundreds of high-school athletes from institutions across the island are this week blazing the track inside the National Stadium as they compete for top honours in the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys & Girls Championships, set to culminate with a day of sizzling finals on Saturday, March 16. Below, a look at the current points standing: 

GIRLS: Points Standing after 5 finals: Edwin Allen - 50; Jago - 32; Holmwood - 29; Vere - 11; Alpha - 9; Manchester - 8 

BOYS: Points Standing after 5 finals: KC - 36; JC 35, Calabar - 34; Wolmer's - 22; Jago - 15; Holmwood - 12

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