30 Dec

Don’t Forget to Smile

first_imgAlthough I’ve never traditionally been much of a runner, I’m almost all the way through Christopher McDougall’s book, “Born to Run” after having opened it only two days ago.  I can’t put it down.If you haven’t read it, the book delves into the sport of ultrarunning, and the Tarahumara tribe of Mexico’s Copper Canyons, a people who have been virtually untouchable in endurance in spite of the technological advances that we have in the first world.If you’re not familiar with them, type in a BRO website search for the Tarahumara… Editor-in-Chief Will Harlan has set up his own non-profit to help feed the tribe, and he has been able to travel down and run with them on several occasions over the past few years.The pivotal moment and biggest lesson for me in the book thus far occurs in the description of the brutal Leadville 100 race, in which Martimano and Juan, two Tarahumara runners, are chasing Ann Trason for the win.  At mile 60, Ann was still ahead by 12 minutes, but onlookers were shocked to see the two Tarahumara men crest a brutal hill at full stride (where everyone else walks) and laugh to each other about something.While all the competitors in that race were at their body’s limit, grinding away and hoping to survive the pain, these men were focusing instead on the privilege of being able to run that far, and enjoying the camaraderie of running together.  When all was said and done, Juan effortlessly overtook Ann in the final ten miles, nearly causing her to DNF because it demoralized her so much.  Fortunately she didn’t, because her battle with the tribesmen pushed her to smash the women’s record by over two hours, and her record that day still stands.That story and idea really inspired me… peak performance through pure joy for your sport.It is so easy to get caught up in our goals and the hard work and training to achieve them, that we can miss the real point of the whole thing… to have fun and smile.I know that I have been as guilty of it as anyone.  It’s difficult to deal with having a mechanical failure, other uncontrolled circumstance, getting lost, or just having a bad day as an athlete, especially when you have worked so hard to perform well at THAT MOMENT.  It is those times that the world can seem against you, and it is easy to let fly and outwardly express your frustrations to others.  I have definitely done this many times, and fortunately have always had good friends around to check me when I do.When it comes down to it, pure joy for what we are doing is what will bring out the greatest creativity, the most passion, the highest level of commitment, and ultimately… the best performance in our endeavors.  There is no more powerful force than this, and it is something that I will seek to apply to everything that I do moving forward.By the time you finish reading this blog post, I will have probably finished the book, and I can’t wait to learn more about the Tarahumara and how their approach can enrich all of our lives, both in athletics and otherwise.When you’re outside doing what you love this week, don’t forget to smile.last_img read more

17 Sep

More Confusion as CAF Rejects CAS Ruling on Champions League

first_imgBoth Wydad and Esperance filled different appeals at CAS, which upheld that of Esperance and thus annulled the decision of the CAF Executive Committee.CAF in a statement on Thursday morning insisted that CAS decision was “only for procedural reasons. However, CAF has yet to receive the summarized decision.”According to CAF, the CAS Panel has decided to refer the case to the competent CAF bodies to apply the appropriate disciplinary sanctions, if any, and accordingly decide whether the second leg of the CAF Champions League 2018/19 season shall be replayed or not.“In this regard, CAF announces that the competent bodies will meet shortly to decide on the case and details will be communicated in due course.”Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca lodged appeals after the CAF Executive Committee decided to replay the second leg – both felt they should be awarded the win.Wydad had a goal disallowed and left the pitch because VAR was not working.Esperance were winning 2-1 on aggregate and declared champions initially.The home side were handed the trophy and winners’ medals after a two-hour delay on 1 June, but were told to return them days later after CAF ordered a replay on neutral territory, citing “unsafe conditions”.Both clubs think they should be named champions and given the prize money. Wydad’s request was rejected by CAS, with Esperance’s appeal to be investigated at a later date.Play in the second leg was halted after Wydad thought they had equalised on 59 minutes through Walid El Karti’s header but it was disallowed for an infringement.The video assistant referee system was visible on the side of the pitch but the players had not been told it was not in use because of a malfunction.After appeals by both clubs, CAS ruled that CAF’s executive committee “did not have jurisdiction” to order that the final be replayed.It has ordered “competent CAF authorities to review the incidents”, specifically to refer the case to its proper disciplinary structures for a decision on whether the game will be replayed or not.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The end is yet to come on the controversial 2019 CAF Champions League final match involving Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco and Espérance Sportive de Tunis of Tunisia. CAF has decided to appeal the decision of the Court of Arbitration on Sports.On Wednesday, CAS ruled in favour of the Tunisian club, which had been originally awarded the trophy following the refusal of Wydad to continue with the return leg match on account of a disputed goal.The Emergency Committee of CAF, meeting on the sidelines of FIFA Congress in Paris in June ruled that the final match be replayed in a neutral ground after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.last_img read more

22 Dec

Bul vs Villa: Jogoos eye third straight victory

first_img Tags: Bul FCDouglas BamweyanaSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetop Villa have won both of their last two League games (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Bul FC vs SC VillaFUFA Technical Center, NjeruWednesday, 20-02-2019 @4:30pmNJERU – At the start of February, Villa Park was a place filled with little optimism as SC Villa were still struggling to collect points from League games despite making 13 January signings.Barely a month later, fans of Uganda’s most successful side are in full voice again as their side has started winning games and creating reasonable distance between themselves and the drop.Douglas Bamweyana’s side have in their last two games, defeated both Vipers SC and Paidha Black Angels, winning two games in a row for the first time this season.On Wednesday, a chance to make it three in as many games presents it self as the Jogoos travel to Njeru to face Bul FC at the FUFA Technical Center.Coming up against Bul, Villa faces one of the sides that beat them at home and Bamweyana will be eager to inflict revenge.“Tomorrow (Wednesday) is a very important game for us, said Bamweyana ahead of the game.“We lost to Bul in the first round in a game that we were unfortunate to lose because we dominated it from start to finish.“We want to focus more on our performance and try to keep our results consistent, so tomorrow is a big test for us as far as out development is concerned.“All in all, we feel we have prepared very well for the game and am positive we will get all three points.SC Villa are expected to be without a host of first team players. January signing Asuman Alishe is out injured with a dead leg, Ashraf Mandela pulled a hamstring in the win over Paidha and is not expected to be back until next week. Joseph Semuju will face a late fitness test as he is carrying a knock while Wasswa Yussuf is also nursing a hamstring problem.For Bul, they have been flying lately and their form was highlighted by reaching the last 8 of the Uganda Cup last Saturday thanks to a 4-1 victory over Big League side, Bukedea Town Council.In the League, Peter Onen’s side are currently 4th on the standings with 30 points, their best tally at this stage since getting promoted in 2011.However, they lost their last game away to KCCA (2-0), a result they will be looking to overturn on Wednesday.Match Facts:This will be the 16th top flight meeting between Bul and Villa.In the first 15, Villa have won 7 and lost only 3, with the other five ending in draws.However, two of Bul’s three victories in this fixture have come in the last two games, both ending 1-0 including one in this season’s first round.In the reverse fixture last season, Villa defeated Bul 1-0.This fixture has not seen both teams score in a single game since the 2-2 draw back in March 2015.Going into Wednesday’s game, Bul have lost only one of their last 6 League fixtures (W3 D2).At home, Onen’s charges have lost only two of their last 9 League fixtures (W5 D2). Those two victories in that period have both come against the top two of KCCA and Vipers.For Villa, they go into the game having won all of their last two games (3-1 away to Vipers and 2-2 at home to Paidha).However, the Jogoos have won only one of their last 6 away games in all competitions (D3 L2). The victory came in their last game on the road, away to Vipers.Other games on Wednesday:-Mbarara City vs Onduparaka FC @4:30pm-Ndejje University vs Tooro United @4:30pmComments last_img read more