Americas Have Ample Presence at the Military World Games

first_imgBy Dialogo July 17, 2011 The Americas, with almost 1000 registered athletes competing at the 5th Military World Games (see list below), taking place in Rio de Janeiro until July 24. Even the smaller countries sent large delegations, such as the cases of Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. The first brought 47 athletes, all male, with the latter bringing 46, including four women. Brazil’s other South American neighbors also brought a large contingent, like Colombia, for example, which brought 103 athletes. Corporal Pimienta Ernesto Ignacio, one of the Argentine athletes, will be competing in the naval pentathlon and is positive for a good result. “I trained eight hours a day, four in the morning and the rest in the evening, always focusing on all categories. Swimming was the event I trained for the most. So I have good expectations,” he said. In the Caribbean, the country that stands out is Trinidad and Tobago, with 47 athletes in the Games. The other countries in the region at the event are the Dominican Republic, Barbados and Jamaica. Haiti, which does not have a military officer, was also invited to participate with Pierre Evens in boxing. According to the organizers of the event, these are the countries and participants from Latin America and the Caribbean. The United States brought 101 athletes. Argentina. 81 athletes (63 men, 18 women) Barbados. 7 athletes (6 men, 1 woman) Brazil. 259 athletes (155 men, 104 women) Chile. 41 athletes (39 men, 2 women) Colombia. 103 athletes (79 men, 24 women) Ecuador. 66 athletes (59 men, 7 women) Jamaica. 11 athletes (11 men) Paraguay. 6 athletes (6 men) Peru. 24 athletes (20 men, 4 women) Dominicana Republic. 7 athletes (7 men) Suriname. 46 athletes (42 men, 4 women) Uruguay. 58 athletes (58 men) Trinidad and Tobago. 47 athletes (47 men) Venezuela. 93 athletes (58 men, 35 women)last_img read more

Paul Merson begs Arsenal board to appoint Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino was sacked by Spurs last week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged the club to put rivalries with Tottenham aside by appointing Mauricio Pochettino as Unai Emery’s replacement.The Spaniard is under increasing pressure at the Emirates following Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southampton and a failure to beat Norwich on Sunday could cost him his job.Arsenal stuck by Emery through the international break but watched on as neighbours Spurs sacked the popular Pochettino and replaced him with Jose Mourinho.Despite club rivalries, even the most ardent of Arsenal supporters would admit the fantastic job Pochettino did at Spurs and Merson believes he’s the right man to take Arsenal forward.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 27 Nov 2019 10:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link32Shares Comment Emery is clinging onto his job (Picture: Getty)‘Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino. He’s not won anything, but he improved Tottenham over five years, tenfold. He’s a top manager and he is about at the moment,’ Merson told Sky Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I know he managed at Tottenham, but George Graham had been at Arsenal when he went the other way. You’ve got to get past that sort of stuff. These top managers don’t come along too often, where you don’t even have to pay anything for them.‘Can I see it happening? No. Should it happen? Yes. But it won’t happen. The days of the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham are not what they were. When I was growing up, it was the big football match.‘For some of these players, that’s no longer the case. It’s probably Chelsea or Manchester City or Liverpool. It’s not the highlighted fixture anymore as there’s not a lot of home-grown players in the teams.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Arsenal board fear sticking by Emery could lead to a ‘mass exodus’ as the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are believed to be considering their futures.Nevertheless, Arsenal’s board want to give Emery until at least the end of the season in the hope that he can turn it around.And Merson believes if Emery was to be sacked midway through the campaign then the club would have done it by now.‘I still see Emery being there for a while,’ continued Merson.‘They had a chance to get rid of him before the international break.They looked at the fixtures and saw Southampton at home, Norwich away.‘They thought they would win both and everything would be rosy in the garden again. But they were fortunate to draw with Southampton with some of the chances they had, and they’d lost 9-0.’MORE: Tyson Fury says he would beat ‘little fat pig’ Andy Ruiz easily Paul Merson begs Arsenal board to appoint Mauricio Pochettino Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections

first_imgThe ditching of forward Iheanacho came after Germany-born Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr questioned the attitude of the Leicester City forward.“I think he needs to be more professional. We were not satisfied with his recent performances for the national team,” said Rohr.“It is not good enough to be funny all the time. You must show that you are serious by working hard every day during training sessions.”Once hailed as a star in the making by then club manager, Pep Guardiola, at Manchester City, Iheanacho has faded dramatically after a bright start to his international career.After netting seven times in his first 11 appearances for the Super Eagles, his last goal for the national team came 19 months ago.Iheanacho was transferred in 2017 from Manchester City to Leicester, where he has struggled to command a regular first-team place.Meanwhile, Asamoah Gyan was included in the Ghana squad just a few weeks after announcing his international retirement when stripped of the Black Stars’ captaincy.State president Nana Akufo-Addo persuaded the 33-year-old forward to change his mind and he will go to Egypt as part of a squad skippered by long-serving midfielder Andre Ayew.“My desire to help Ghana win the Cup of Nations still burns strongly,” stressed Gyan. “I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana.”Ghana are the third most successful country in the Cup of Nations with four titles, but the last came 37 years ago.Share on: WhatsApp Gervinho, Iheanacho lose out in Africa Cup of Nations selections.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ivorian Gervinho and Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho were significant casualties as 11 coaches named 23-man squads for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which kicks off on June 21.A 32-year-old veteran of five Cup of Nations, winger Gervinho was hopeful his impressive Serie A form with Parma would earn him a call-up.The dreadlocked former Arsenal and Roma star — real name Gervais Yao Kouassi — scored 11 goals and was credited with four assists in 30 Italian league matches last season.Among those Ivory Coast coach Ibrahim Kamara will look to for goals in Egypt is Nicolas Pepe, runner-up to French star Kylian Mbappe in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 Golden Boot race.Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and clubless Wilfried Bony, who bagged a brace in a 3-1 warm-up win over the Comoros at the weekend, are among the other Ivorian attacking options.Gervinho reacted calmly to his exclusion while some Ivorian supporters were disappointed at his exclusion as the team prepares to tackle South Africa, Namibia and Morocco.Group D is considered the toughest of the six sections with only the top two finishers guaranteed places in the second round, the first of four knockout stages.“Dear Ivorians, I don’t know how to thank you for all the messages of support and affection I’ve received (since) my first call up,” he posted on social media.“Receiving your videos, photos and comments lately warm my heart.“All this has helped reduce my disappointment not to be part of the team that will defend our colours at the next Afcon (Cup of Nations) in Egypt.”– ‘Not satisfied’ –last_img read more