Jenkins achieves WTF Grandmaster status

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Taekwondo Federation, Conrad Jenkins, is now the only local Olympic style Taekwondo Grandmaster.On December 7 at the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City, president of the WTF, Dr Chungwon Choue, together with Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU) president, Grandmaster Ji Ho Choi, presented Jenkins with his Seventh Dan Black Belt certificate.In addition, on December 9 at the Sala de Armas ( Fencing Olympic Venue), Jenkins and Guillermo Rodriquez of Venezuela were jointly awarded best male referees, while Hee Young Kim of Korea was awarded best female referee. Male and female teams from Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Russia,Korea, China, Chinese Taipei, Iran, Ivory Coast, Mexico, USA and Belgium competed at the World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships in Mexico City.President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Mike Fennell, has congratulated Jenkins on achieving “this high distinction” while secretary general of the JOA, Christopher Samuda, remarked that he is not surprised as Jenkins has “consistently demonstrated his pedigree and credentials.”last_img read more

Croatia coach feels World Cup 2018 team will go down as ‘golden generation’

first_imgCroatia coach Zlatko Dalic admits that his country has had some great players but they have failed to perform together and win any major tournament so far.Their best finish at a World Cup came 20 years back in 1998, where they lost to hosts and eventual winners France. Since then, they have been eliminated in the group stages thrice in 2002, 2006 and 2014. In 2010, they failed to reach the finals altogether.”Croatia has great players playing at the greatest clubs, but it is true we have not had good results at major tournaments for decades,” the coach said on Tuesday.But, Dalic believes that this year, things can be different. While many are suprised at the fact that Croatia made the semis, Dalic believes that the it shouldn’t be the case because the Croats have a really talented squad.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEWith the likes of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic at Real Madrid, Ivan Rakitic at Barcelona, forward Mario Mandzukic at Italian champions Juventus, and Dejan Lovren at Liverpool, they have some of the best players in their respective positions.”The results were below the level and quality of our players. Something had to change to get the results,” Dalic said.”So we should not be surprised that Croatia are in the semi-finals given the quality of the players.”Also read – Croatia sack assistant coach ahead of World Cup semi-final vs EnglandAnd, Dalic belives that after punching above their weight in this World Cup, this Croatian team will go down along with the ‘golden generation’ of 1998.advertisement”This generation has been underrated for a long time because of their poor results, but they have shown their quality when it mattered at this World Cup, and it will go down as a golden generation like that of 1998.”Dalic has managed to get the best out of his players so far as they cruised through the group stage with three wins out of three games, including a win over Argentina. They then edged out Denmark and hosts Russia on penalties in the knockout stages to set up a semi-final with England.Also read – World Cup 2018: Dealing with Croatia’s midfield biggest test for SouthgateThe coach, however, will have to wait and see if defender Sime Vrsaljko, who played in four of their five games, will be fit for the match after picking up a knee injury.”He has this niggle. We want those who are 100 percent match fit. I cannot tell you (if he will play on Wednesday),” Dalic said.Also read – Why English fans hearing ‘Football’s Coming Home’ relieves Gareth Southgate”He has minor issues but we have a huge game tomorrow. Those players on the pitch must be perfectly fit. We have played five games, but being tired cannot be an alibi. We are in a World Cup semi-final.””I don’t know to what extent you see the level of celebrations in Croatia. That is a great source of pride for us. This is what drives, that is our petrol,” Dalic said.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more