Andre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s plans to leave the Nike-sponsored MVP Track Club has reportedly been halted after the kit sponsor threatened to pull its support of the sprinter. News broke during the Olympic Games that the two-time Olympic gold medal winner was ending her relationship with MVP head coach Stephen Francis with the sprinter conducting her pre-season training with Reynaldo Walcott at his newly-formed St Elizabeth Technical High school-based club. Walcott has for several years been a member of MVP’s technical staff, working closely with Fraser-Pryce as well as Kaliese Spencer and Christine Day, who recently cut their ties with Bert Cameron and his Cameron Blazers to also join Walcott’s programme. The young coach is also credited for STETHS’ resurgence on the local scene and have guided some of the island’s best youngsters. According to our sources, Fraser-Pryce was fully committed to Walcott’s project and had also secured property in Santa Cruz, to ease the travelling. It is also believed that Nike had originally committed to support Fraser-Pryce even if she left their top regional club but this position is said to have changed with an apparent change of heart by Francis, who now seems determined to keep his most decorated athlete. President of the MVP Track and Field Club Bruce James, when contacted Friday afternoon, stated that he did not wish to speak on the sprinter’s training arrangements at this point. “I am not commenting on Shelly-Ann’s training arrangements at this time,” said James.
The 52-year-old will replace current Rugby Football League (RFL) president Andy Burnham, a politician for the centre-left Labour party and the mayor of Manchester, in the middle of next year.“Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance,” RFL chairman Brian Barwick said.“The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.“The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.”Adams, who made more than 500 appearances for Arsenal and won 66 caps for England, founded the Sporting Chance clinic in 2000 following his own experiences with alcohol and drug addiction.Since the end of his playing career, Adams has had spells as manager of Wycombe, Portsmouth, Gabala and Granada.“It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL,” said Adams, who won four English top-flight titles with Arsenal.“I’m passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.“I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Despite his roots in football, former Arsenal star Tony Adams (pictured December 2011) has close links with rugby league through his Sporting Chance charity © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 12 – Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has been named the new president of English rugby league’s governing body, it announced on Wednesday.Despite his roots in football, Adams has close links with rugby league through his Sporting Chance charity.