Big Bash to start with Aussie stars and PNG talent

first_imgThe four teams are the defending champions Digicel Diggers, IBS Warriors, Pacific MMI Marlins the three time champions of 2010, 2011 and 2013, and Pure Water Piranhas.All four teams will feature a number of PNG Barramundis and Pacific MMI Lewas players including the four visiting cricket stars Adam Hollioake- England (1996-99), Bradley Hodge – Australia (2005-08) Cathryn Fitzpatrick- Australia (1991-06) and Mark Greatbatch- New Zealand (1988-96)Hollioake will be playing for the Digicel Diggers, Greatbatch for the IBS Warriors, Hodge for the Pacific MMI Marlins and Fitzpatrick will play for the Pure Water Piranhas.The Pacific MMI “Don’t Drink and Drive” Legends Event has been an annual feature on the Cricket PNG Calendar since the first event took place in 2009 with thirty-four cricket legends featuring across all the previous events.The events fixture is scheduled for this Friday as the semi finals will take place at 9:30am, with the Pacific MMI Marlins taking on Pure Water Piranhas at Amini Park, while the Digicel Diggers will play the IBS Warriors at Colts Ground #1. The winners of both semi- finals will advance to the grand final which will be played at 12:30pm at Amini Park.Entry is free for all spectators. Caprion: The 2010 champions of the Legend Big bash, the Pacific MMI Marlins team.last_img read more

Kenya changes anti-doping laws

first_imgMPs were recalled for special sitting on Thursday to push changes through.If Kenya were to be excluded from the Games, some of the world’s top athletes would miss out on medal chances.The country topped the medal table at the 2015 World Athletics Championships in Beijing with seven gold medals.”Sport is very critical to this country and the athletes have added a lot of value in this country in terms of marketing,” opposition MP Chris Wamalwa told parliament.The new legislation must be approved by the Senate before being signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta.Wada had demanded changes after a spate of drugs scandals involving Kenyan athletes.Since 2011, more than 40 of its athletes have failed drugs tests.As of January 2016, 18 Kenyan athletes were suspended for doping. The best known is Rita Jeptoo, who won the Boston and Chicago marathons.Last November, former Wada president Dick Pound said it was “pretty clear that there are a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used” in Kenya.In April, Kenya introduced new criminal laws as part of an anti-doping bill, creating a national testing authority and making doping an offence punishable by imprisonment.It was widely assumed that the measures would satisfy Wada but the agency later cited “inconsistencies” in the legislation and declared Kenya “non-compliant” on 12 May.last_img read more