Baptiste prepares for first session in charge of WI

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Interim head coach Eldine Baptiste will oversee West Indies training for the first time today when the regional side undergoes their first practice session since arriving here Thursday.The 15-man squad will train at the Singalese Sports Club in the capital here as they begin final preparation for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka.Baptiste, a current West Indies selector, was a last-minute replacement for Phil Simmons, who was suspended for the tour following controversial comments last week that were critical of the selection process, regarding the one-day team for the Sri Lanka tour.The Antiguan Baptiste, who played 10 Tests and 43 one-day internationals, is a former Kenya coach.Despite Simmons’s late withdrawal, CMC Sports understands the Windies squad are in high spirits, especially coming off a productive training camp in Barbados last week.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who missed that camp while on a two-match contract with Worcestershire in the English County Championship, has joined the squad here and is expected to bring freshness to the pace attack.The 27-year-old Gabriel played two games, taking nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the last game against Middlesex, which Worcestershire won by an innings and 128 runs.West Indies will face Sri Lanka President’s XI in a three-day tour match starting next Thursday before clashing with the hosts in the opening Test in Galle starting October 14.last_img read more

Rivoli, Cavalier relegated from Red Stripe Premier League

first_imgHumble Lion, led by a brace from striker Levaughn Williams, snatched the last semi-final position in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) football competition with a 2-0 victory over Rivoli United at Effortville Community Centre in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday.While Humble Lion will continue the fight for the title, defeat confirmed Rivoli United as one of two teams which have been relegated to their parish league.Williams fired his team into the last four with goals in the 13th and 78th minutes.Humble Lion finished fourth with 50 points. Promoted Portmore United (61) topped the standings ahead of Arnett Gardens (60) and Montego Bay United (59), the other three semi-final qualifiers.Cavalier Soccer Club is the other team that will not be in the RSPL next season, as they too were demoted following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on the last day.Andre McFarlane netted the all-important goal in the 17th minute.DEFENDER EJECTEDCavalier ended the game with 10 players after defender Jeffrey Grant received two yellow cards and was ejected in the 90th plus two minutes.Tivoli’s head coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey, who returned to the club two months ago with the club languishing in the relegation zone, said he did the job and will now focus on his music career.”I have accomplished the job of saving Tivoli from relegation. My main aim was to make certain Tivoli was safe for next season,” Bailey told The Gleaner.”Well, I have steadied the ship and have now officially retired from coaching and will focus on my music career,” the veteran entertainer emphasised.On the other hand, Cavalier’s head coach Rudolph Speid blamed missed chances for his team loss and relegation to next season’s KSAFA Super League.”We got chances, but did not score. They scored a soft goal, so we lost the game. We have been in the league for four years, so we’ll just have to come back,” Speid added.Yesterday’s ResultsTivoli Gardens 1 Cavalier SC 0UWI FC 2 FC Reno 1Waterhouse 3 Boys’ Town 0Portmore United 1 Arnett Gardens 3Montego Bay United 2 Harbour View 0Humble Lion 2 Rivoli United 0last_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Mike Nzeusseu paced Zark’s-Lyceum with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks, while CJ Perez got 18 markers, six boards, five dimes, and two steals.Ralph Tansingco stepped up big for the Jawbreakers, going 4-of-6 from downtown as he poured in 11 of his 16 points in the third quarter, where his side slowly built a 10-point cushion, 77-67, and even extended it to 14, 81-67, early in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWangs-Letran made a huge rally to tie the game at 93 after a Batiller undergoal stab with 1:25 left.“We have to give credit to Wangs. They really wanted to win it badly,” said coach Topex Robinson as he took responsibility for the near-collapse. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “I made the mistake. It’s my responsibility because I wanted to give the others a chance to play. It almost turned into a loss and it’s my responsibility.”Robinson lauded how his boys’ composure in the endgame as the Jawbreakers climbed to 4-1 card.“I know that now, we know how to finish games. These close games, we learn from our mistakes and it makes us sharper,” he said.Bong Quinto led the Couriers, who absorbed their first loss with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists, while JP Calvo got 16 markers, three rebounds and five assists.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina CONTRIBUTED PHOTOZark’s Burger-Lyceum weathered a late flurry by Wangs Basketball-Letran to win, 95-93, for its fourth straight win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Jaycee Marcelino scored the deciding basket, nailing a floater off of a MJ Ayaay dish to push his side up by two with 1:03 left before the Jawbreakers’ defense stood its ground in the end, thwarting numerous attempts from the Couriers, the last of which a fadeaway from Bonbon Batiller.ADVERTISEMENT Victolero takes blame for Magnolia loss to San Miguel Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 95 — Nzeusseu 27, Perez 18, Tansingco 16, Ayaay 11, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 6, Jc. Marcelino 4, Baltazar 3, Santos 2, Caduyac 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Marata 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 93 — Quinto 22, Calvo 16, Fajarito 13, Ambohot 11, Batiller 7, Muyang 6, Publico 6, Mandreza 5, Trinidad 3, Balanza 2, Taladua 2, Balagasay 0.Quarters: 18-20, 46-45, 77-67, 95-93.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Dave Ildefonso leaves Ateneo, commits to NU

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On a social media post that announced his decision, the younger Ildefonso wrote: ” As I enter a new chapter in my life I will always carry with me the solid foundation that Ateneo has given. That foundation will always be a big part not just of who I am but who I will become as an athlete and more importantly as a person.“Life gives us very few chances to make a difference, to inspire, and to ask not just what a school can do for you but what you can do for a school. When the opportunity comes, grab it. Before I move on to the next chapter of my life, one last time: #OBF”The 6-foot-4 winger’s decision to take his talents to Jhocson will allow him to be mentored by his father, who serves as an assistant to coach Jamike Jarin, while also partnering him up once again with older brother Shaun.Ildefonso’s arrival is a much needed boost for NU which is reeling from the graduations of top guns J-Jay Alejandro and Matt Salem.Jarin is banking on the potential of his young Bulldogs, which will lean on Issa Gaye, JP Cauilan, Matthew Aquino, and John Lloyd Clemente, to make a splash in the upcoming collegiate wars later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ildefonso averaged 13.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals this past UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament where he was one of the key cogs in leading the Ateneo Blue Eaglets to the championship.pic.twitter.com/cr8L15RuOAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk— Dave Ildefonso (@ildavefonso) March 9, 2018 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Doubts emerge as Pacquiao announces Matthysse fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Ildefonso joins his father Danny at National U.Dave Ildefonso is set for a reunion with his father as he commits to National University.The 17-year-old has decided to follow the footsteps of the legendary Danny Ildefonso and join the Bulldogs this upcoming UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lowly EAC topples CEU

first_imgPBA IMAGESCedric de Joya came up big in the clutch as Batangas-EAC pulled off an 89-87 upset over pacesetter Centro Escolar University on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The diminutive guard accounted for seven of the Generals’ last seven points, including the go-ahead triple that gave his side an 87-85 lead with 42.3 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel-Alab PH draws first blood vs Saigon In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Cedric Ablaza split his freebies in the ensuing possession which gave the Scorpions a glimmer of hope, but Joseph Manlangit’s jumper in the last 10.6 ticks was ruled as a long two instead of a three.“At least our preparation materialized,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison, whose team rose to 2-8. “We’re happy that we were able to recover.” —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format

first_imgTiger Woods blames fatigue for Ryder Cup flop “If the No. 1 in the world is playing, that’s more than enough,” Pique said in the official presentation of Madrid as host of the Davis Cup finals for the next two years. “Rafa is very positive about this event, especially because it is taking place in Madrid.”The new event was developed in a partnership between the International Tennis Federation and the investment group Kosmos, which was founded by the Barcelona and Spain player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPique said he knows it will not be easy to have all top-ranked players participating.“This is a team event, so it’s impossible to have all the top players involved. Some teams won’t qualify, not everybody will be able to play anyway,” Pique said. “Of course we would like to have the top players, but we want to focus on the teams.” Stars such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have already hinted they don’t intend to play. Djokovic said the tournament could be competing with the ATP’s World Team Cup, while Federer said the revamped Davis Cup didn’t seem to be designed for him.Pique said he already didn’t expect Federer to be playing, noting the Swiss veteran has limited his tournament schedule in recent years and might not “have the legs” to play in the Davis Cup again. He said he still hoped to convince Djokovic, though.“I have a lot of confidence that we can negotiate and the top players will play,” Pique said.The new format of tennis’ top team event will be a season-ending, 18-team tournament, but teams will still play matches in February to advance to the championship in November. The Davis Cup has previously been played over four weekends throughout the year.The first championship will be held next year from Nov. 18-24 on an indoor hardcourt at the Magic Box arena, which already hosts the Madrid Masters. The ITF said players will compete for prize money that will rival what is offered in Grand Slams.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pique said there is no “perfect date” for the tournament as the tennis calendar is very tight, but he was happy with the week they picked.“We’ve spoken with everybody,” he said. “We think this is a week that won’t affect any of the other tournaments. We want to be well seen in the tennis world. We are here to help. We think this will be a magical week for the world of tennis.”The 2018 Davis Cup semifinalists — Croatia, France, Spain and the United States — have already secured their spot in next year’s tournament, along with Argentina and Britain.Defending champion France will host Croatia in the last Davis Cup final in the current format from Nov. 23-25 in Lille.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FC Barcelona player and founder of investment group Kosmos Gerard Pique delivers his speech during the presentation of the city of Madrid as hosts of the new Davis Cup for the next two years in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Gerard Pique is not worried about the possible absence of some top players in the revamped Davis Cup, especially since Rafael Nadal has said he will play in the new-look competition when it debuts next year.The Barcelona defender, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, said Wednesday that Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

“I’m Impressed”

first_imgThe Canadian Ambassador accredited to Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire has commended the environmental group, Society for the Conservation of Nature (SCNL) for its resolve to promote sustainable forest management in Liberia. Ambassador Patricia McCullagh said SCNL’s commitment to protect Liberia’s forests will help in the fight against climate change. The Canadian Ambassador made the statement recently when she paid a courtesy call on the management of SCNL in Congo Town, near Monrovia. Amb. McCullagh expressed her government’s happiness to support SCNL’s work through the Canadian Ambassador Grant of US$18,000 to work with forest communities in Liberia.SCNL is already benefitting from the Canadian Ambassador Grant, she said, and pledged continuous support to initiatives that will enhance the fight against climate change worldwide. SCNL’s Executive Director, Michael Garbo, lauded the Canadian government for the support and described the Ambassador’s visit to SCNL as the demonstration of true partnership between Canada and Liberia. Garbo said the Canadian grant is being implemented in seven of Liberia’s nine biodiversity hotspots. “SCNL will always work with local and international institutions to promote conservation through community based initiatives, where we educate people on sustainable forest governance,” Mr. Garbo said. “I can assure you that with the level of support your government and friendly organizations are giving SCNL, we will positively engage the youth, chiefs, elders and other stakeholders to work together and ensure that our country’s forests are protected for the benefit of all.” The SCNL is one of the lead campaigners for sustainable forest management and was instrumental in ensuring that the Gola Forest National Park Act was passed into law by the Legislature on September 21.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Closure resulted in economic misfortune for farmers – industry insider

first_img… says even promises of rice cultivation were not keptA tugboat captain in the industry’s heydays, Gordon Thomas, was an integral part of life on the Wales Sugar Estate, on the West Bank of Demerara, as he was responsible for transporting the cane. However, since the closure of the estate, misfortune has followed the displaced workers.This is according to the tugboat captain, who, during a recent interview on the television show, ‘The Factor’, revealed that while there have been incidents of some workers resorting to seeking assistance or “begging”, others have ventured into small-sale cash crop farming.Workers formally attached to the Wales Estate protested the President’s Office last MondayIn September 2016, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) had announced that 484 acres of the Wales estate would be used for rice cultivation. Tenders had been put out for massive land clearing to be done.Thomas revealed that even though the Government had announced its intention to diversify and enter into rice cultivation on parts of the land, even that promise was not been kept.“They said that they want to plant rice. They said they are expecting to reap rice in March. I want the public out there to know that there’s nothing, they just plough some land there and leave it like that and it has been (overgrown) with bushes again. People need to go out there and see what’s going on. They ploughed about eight to nine fields. They take away all the machines.”Government had also put out tenders for infrastructural works for the transport of cane to Uitvlugt, located on the West Coast of Demerara. The tender had included building bridges. But even then, workers had complained of the transportation costs.On the Factor, co-panelist Ravi Dev explained that sugar, when reaped, must be transported as quickly as possible to be ground, since the greater the exposure to the elements, especially sunlight, the more the cane would lose its sucrose content. This, he said, would result in less profitability.The tug captain revealed that workers had already abandoned the cane they were expected to transport from Wales to Uitvlugt, as they have no road to transport it on.Thomas said that instead, some farmers have turned to alternative means to earn a living, since it was not feasible for them to transport their cane to Uitvlugt. He stated that many have turned to cash crops.“They have already abandoned it and they’re doing that because they cannot afford to take to Uitvlugt. Because there’s nothing more that they can do. It’s not worth it for them to take in their cane to Uitvlugt, so some of them turned to planting cassava.”Jobless youthsAccording to the tugboat captain, at this point youths are just walking around in a state of idleness because there are no longer job opportunities in Wales.“There’s nothing in Wales that they put in place for these people to restart working to sustain themselves, because before I left home, about five (former employees) came to me asking for something. They don’t have anything. It’s really ridiculous in Wales, to be honest with you.”Meanwhile, Dev made a case for the sugar fields to be turned over to farmers. He posited that the land could be divided into 15 acre plots and be given to those farmers who are willing to cultivate it.“If Wales or Uitvlugt Estate were privatised and if the sugar cane is done in private hands like farmers, you can run those things profitably,” Dev emphasised.And with the land now abandoned, the panelists expressed worry that the land was intended for other uses besides sugar. A comparison was made with the pilot project that management firm, Booker Tate, had initiated to encourage individual farming, including its start of the Belle Vue community catering for sugar cane farmers.“Bookers experimented with giving workers acres to plant and they built a housing scheme, Belle Vue. This Government is supposed to be for the people. That was a colonial power that did that. Why couldn’t we? You are not having any risks. The farmers are telling you they will plant it,” Dev continued.Last year, GuySuCo Chairman, Dr Clive Thomas had stated that land for cane farming would be made available to displaced workers.Thomas was quoted as saying that “the closure of Wales is immediately linked to the commencement of diversification programmes envisaged to begin in October coming this year. Some of these programmes involve land for workers to engage in peasant cane farming and land for their other crops as well.”Since the process started to close the Wales Estate and transfer workers to Uitvlugt, ostensibly due to GuySuCo’s cash strapped status, there has been staunch opposition.This opposition has come not only from the workers, but also other stakeholders such as the People’s Progressive Party.Former Wales Estate workers protested as recent as last week, contending that since they have refused to work at the Uitvlugt Estate, the Government was dragging its feet with regards giving them the severance pay they deserve.Government is adamant, however, that workers have been paid their severance.last_img read more

More tickets released to SOLD-OUT CanolaFest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After selling out just before Canada Day, organizers have received approval to release more tickets to CanolaFest, presented by Thunder Oilfield.  The one day music festival, will take over Peace Island Park Saturday July 16.Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, headlining act Tim Hicks, has allowed CanolaFest organizers to release more tickets.  A limited number of tickets are on sale now through any Tiger Box Office Plus location, by phone at 1-877-339-TIXX or online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca.  You can also purchase tickets at any On the Rocks Liquor Store in Fort St. John.  When you purchase your tickets at On the Rocks Liquor Stores, you’ll get two drink tickets to the Lonestar Nightlife bar at CanolaFest.Organizers are also able to announce a free shuttle will run from Fort St. John to Peace Island Park and all around Peace Island Park.  The free shuttle from Fort St. John will leave the parking at the Totem Mall every hour starting at 2 p.m.  You can park your vehicle at the Mall in the westside parking lot near Safeway.  The shuttle will also stop in Taylor at the Taylor Community Hall approximately 20 minutes after each hour.  The last shuttle will leave Fort St. John at 8 p.m and 8:20 p.m. in Taylor. – Advertisement -This year there will also be a shuttle running in Peace Island Park, the shuttle will start again at 2 p.m. and run all day with three stops, the Peace Island Park office, CanolaFest Parking and the main gates to CanolaFest.  This shuttle will run in a constant loop all day.For more details about shuttle service at CanolaFest, visit www.canolafest.ca This year the festival will feature two stages of music to showcase 12 local artists.  The McIntyre Painting Main Stage will feature local favourites the Montney Coulees, Rose Prairie Romance, Scarlet Sway from Dawson Creek, Last Horse Standing and the Social Bulls.Advertisement This family friendly festival will be held on the island at Peace Island Park and will feature two large stages, VIP tents, food, kids activites, arts vendors and more.  Thank you to our official equipment supplier, Peace Country Rentals for all their help.last_img read more

Infantino hails VAR ‘great success’ at Confed Cup

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino gestures as he speaks during the FIFA/LOC closing press conference of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup at Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 1, 2017 © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino hailed the video assistant referee (VAR) system as a “great success” at the Confederations Cup, but admitted it still needs improving.World football’s governing body is testing the system in Russia and Infantino said the six game-changing decisions the VAR has so far picked up meant “more justice and fair play”. The best example of the system’s impact came when Portugal were denied a goal in their 2-2 group stage draw against Mexico after the video assistant spotted four players were offside before Nani scored from a rebound.And in Germany’s 3-1 win over Cameroon, the referee initially sent off the wrong player before the VAR overruled the decison and Ernest Mabouka was correctly dismissed for fouling Germany’s Emre Can.“The VAR has been a great success in Russia,” said Infantino.“The video refs had the chance to intervene and there were six game-changing decisions, where they actually corrected the decison or mistake, made by the ref.“Without the VAR, we would have had a different tournament and it would have been a little less fair.“Thanks to VAR we have achieved a great thing — those big mistakes will not happen any longer.“It will always be the referee who decides and there will always be discussions, but big mistakes will be corrected and that is a great achievement after it was asked for for so many years.”Long delays while the VAR makes a decision and communicates it to the referee on the pitch have held up matches on several occasions, with Infantino conceding there is still room for improvement.“Of course it’s a test, we still need to work on the details, the speed of the decisions being taken, for example.”FIFA plan to further test and fine-tune the system in the German and Portuguese leagues next season, while Infantino in April said the technology will be used at the 2018 World Cup.Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the FIFA refereeing committee, said Confederations Cup officials were telling him that the VAR system gave them more confidence.“The VAR is a very positive tool to help refs avoid making mistakes, it is a very positive outcome so far,” said Collina.“It’s a work in progress with the VAR system — we have only used it at 74 matches, at (last December’s) Club World Cup, the Under-20 World Cup (in June) and here.“It’s not a big number and it would be a surprise if everything was perfect after so few matches.“When we train someone without match pressure, it’s very different.“They need to be in that match situation when you know you have a very short time to get the correct interpretation to make the right decision.“We want to avoid mistakes which are remembered for years which affected the final outcome of the match or a competition.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more