Minister of Sport Olivia Grange says the Government will assist Olympian Kemoy Campbell, who collapsed while performing pacesetting duties in the 3,000 metres at the Millrose Games in New York last Saturday. Campbell, the national 5,000 and 3,000 metres record holder, has been hospitalised since the incident and is incurring increasing medical expenses. The sport ministry has followed in the footsteps of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Reebok, and a GoFundMe account that has raised funds for the athlete. Grange announced yesterday that her ministry will be there for the long-distance runner, and she has mandated the Sports Development Foundation to provide any immediate assistance the runner may need. In a release, Grange said that the ministry has reached out to the athlete’s family and management and that arrangements are being made to assist with his care. She also revealed that he is registered with the Jamaican Athletes Insurance Programme and will be able to access benefits under the scheme. The athlete’s agent, Ray Flynn, confirmed to The Gleaner early yesterday that Campbell is conscious and has been talking. Flynn said that as of Tuesday morning, Campbell was in stable condition and encouraged everyone to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. “We continue to pray for Kemoy’s recovery and assure him and his family that Jamaica will be there for them during this time. We have been in discussions about what he requires now, and we are committed to doing what is necessary to see he gets the best care and achieves a full recovery,” said Grange. Meanwhile, JAAA general secretary Garth Gayle says his association will also assist the former Bellefield High runner in his recuperation. “The JAAA is doing all that it can within its powers and ability to give assistance to one of our elite athletes and national record holders. CONTINUE TO SHINE “We will, of course, give assistance to him. We have been maintaining communication with his family here in Jamaica, and we have also been working with members of the diaspora. He is one of our gems, and we want to ensure that he continues to shine,” Gayle commented. Also providing help for the 28-year-old athlete is Matt O’Toole, Reebok’s president, who donated U$50,000. In a statement to Sports Illustrated yesterday, O’Toole said Campbell was an important part of the sportswear company, and they will assist with his medical expenses. “Kemoy is an important part of the Reebok family, and we are so happy to hear that he is making great progress. We will stand behind him and support him in his recovery. We are making a contribution of $50,000 to help with his medical expenses,” he said. A GoFundMe account that was created to raise US$200,000 to assist the athlete topped US$41,000 last night with contributions from more than 580 people. Campbell competed in the 5000 metres at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and finished 10th in the same event at the IAAF World Championships in London, England, in 2017. Meanwhile, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Christopher Samuda, has expressed relief at news that Campbell has regained consciousness. “This mortal life is never certain, but what we are assured of is that with constant prayer and vigil, healing will come in the morning,” Samuda said in a release. The release added that the JOA had sent its support to the athlete’s family.
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, jokes with Katie Lou Samuelson, left, Napheesa Collier, second from left, and Gabby Williams as the clock winds down on their 90-52 win over Oregon in a regional final game in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament, Monday, March 27, 2017, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ On the 45th anniversary of Title IX, women and people of color remain on the outside when it comes to hiring head coaches in women’s college sports, according to a report Friday by sports institutes.The report found that the coaches hired were predominantly White and male in most of the eight conferences surveyed: the Power 5 conferences _ Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Southeastern and Pac-12 _ along with the American Athletic, Big East and Ivy League.The study was done by the Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport in collaboration with the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and LGBT SportSafe.Title IX was signed into law June 23, 1972. It opened doors for girls and women by banning sex discrimination in all federally funded school programs, including sports.Seven of the eight conferences polled received a C or D grade for having female head coaches of women’s teams. The Big East, SEC and Big 12 fell below 40 percent. Only the Ivy League (55 percent) had more women than men as head coaches.The grades were far worse regarding race. Half the conferences (Big East, SEC, Big Ten, Ivy League) received a grade of F. The AAC was the lone league to have an above average grade of B, with 18 percent of its women’s coaches people of color.“I’ve never given an F as an overall grade in 25 years and there are four Fs in this particular report for lack of people of color of in head coaching positions for the women’s teams,” said Richard Lapchick, whose Diversity & Ethics group also puts out report cards on racial practices of the NFL, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, college football and college basketball. “That’s a damning statement that there could be four Fs in a single report like this.”According to the report, 27 of the 94 schools had no coaches of color leading their women’s sports. The SEC led all the leagues studied, with seven of its schools having all White coaches leading women’s teams.“It says people haven’t been paying attention,” Lapchick said, referring to the conference commissioners and athletic directors at the schools.When it came to gender, overall 57 percent of the coaches were male.“Title IX has dramatically changed the landscape of sport participation for girls and women but it in fact it has had the opposite effect on women in positions of power in women’s sport,” said Nicole LaVoi, co-director of the Tucker Center. “Title IX doesn’t really protect against that. There is nothing in the statute that says women have to coach women.”The Power 5 conferences were chosen because of their power and influence. The AAC is viewed by the authors as a league that could eventually join the power conferences. The Big East and Ivy League have female commissioners.Laphick and LaVoi urged conferences and their schools to become more inclusive and diverse in their hiring. This was the first time LGBT inclusion was examined in this report. As a result, the conferences were not graded in that regard.“All athletic directors need to undergo race and gender bias training because their beliefs and values influence their hiring practices,” LaVoi said. “It may not be intentionally but we all are biased.”
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