Lindsay digs deep for ISKA World Champs gold

first_imgJamaica combined martial arts team super heavyweight, Akino Lindsay, yesterday mined gold at the 2018 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece. Lindsay, a gold medallist at Portugal 2015, had to battle past fighters from France, Germany and finally the Ukraine to take gold at the May 31-June 3 event. Named among four gold medal hopefuls by the Jamaican contingent, Lindsay said he had to “dig deep” against his European rivals. “Coming to my second ISKA World Champs, having won before in Portugal, this one was very, very difficult, three tough fights against France, Germany and Ukraine. I had to dig deep and get the job done. “The judging was very tough. The first fight was most difficult, I was trying to get in the frame of mind for the tournament while seeing how to maneuver around the judge, who was very tough on me,” he added. Jamaica has a star-studded squad at the event including Sheckema Cunningham and Subrina Richards, who is back defending her title won in Germany last year. International Taekwondo Federation Pan-Am gold medallist Ackeem Lawrence completes the quartet, which coaches Jason McKay and Claude Chin are confident will return home with four gold medals. Jamaica are hoping to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 championships, set for Montego Bay, with at least four defending champions. “It is considered really crucial that, being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles,” he said. Richards and Cunningham were due to take the mat in yesterday’s evening session. Star-studded squadlast_img read more

Punta Esmeralda going for Blue Flag beach status

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — New road works and cleaning have been in motion for the Punta Esmeralda beach areas as they city sets its sights on another Blue Flag beach.Work is being done on the access road to Punta Esmeralda Beach, which will have bathrooms, showers, security and other services in order for Playa del Carmen to apply for Blue Flag beach status.The Directorate of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (ZOFEMAT) of Solidaridad reported that there are four public beaches that were nominated to achieve Blue Flag status. The status is awarded by the international organization Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to those who certify water quality, information on the environment, safety and services in these spaces.The head of Zofemat, Hugo Uribe Nicolás confirmed that Punta Esmeralda is one of the main areas in which work is being done to achieve this recognition.Therefore, work is being carried out on the access road in order to make it safer and more efficient for citizens and tourists.“This is one of the most visited beaches in the municipality, mainly by citizens of nearby colonies such as Luis Donaldo Colosio and the subdivisions to the west of the city,” he said.“By certifying it, they will not only enjoy a beautiful beach, but also a safe, friendly and inclusive space,” said the official.Along with Punta Esmeralda other beaches have been added to the list including Xcalacoco and Playa 88. The city says the results of the new certifed Blue Flag beaches will be announced in May 2018.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more