Jamaica 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 squad
“I think at the moment this is much bigger than rugby,” Whitelock said in a video issued by the Crusaders.“We are just trying to make sure we take the appropriate time and make sure we are respectful and those decisions will happen in time.”The name Crusaders is associated with wars waged by Christians against Muslims in the Middle East in the 11th to 13th centuries.Before the rugby club’s home games chainmail-draped horsemen, wielding swords, circle the playing field.Fifty Muslim worshippers were shot dead at two Christchurch mosques on Friday.The accused gunman, a self-avowed white supremacist, used weapons bearing distinctive writing including the names of historical figures from the Crusades.New Zealand’s Minister for Sport Grant Robertson has said he supports any discussions around a potential name change for the Crusaders in the wake of the shootings and “clearly this is a big issue for Canterbury”.Read, who is also the All Blacks captain, said the Muslim community was hurting and the conversation needed to be on what could be done to help them.“It’s hard to fathom what they’re going through. For us to support them the best we can is important,” he said.Crusaders coach Scott Robertson said that when the time is right they will talk to the Muslim community about the name and “get the information we need to make a great decision and do the right thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Canterbury Crusaders’ Kieran Read said the Muslim community was hurting and the conversation needed to be on what could be done to help them © AFP/File / Marty MELVILLECHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, Mar 19 – Canterbury Crusaders’ Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read called Tuesday for the immediate focus following the Christchurch mosque massacres to remain on the grieving Muslim community and not be sidetracked by their team’s name.The senior players said debate about a possible name change for the Christchurch-based Super Rugby club could take place later.