IAAF to investigate new Russia doping claims

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The IAAF said yesterday that it will investigate claims that Russia is flouting demands for anti-doping reforms as it seeks readmission to world track and field in time for August’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.The IAAF said that the task force monitoring Russia during its suspension will examine the allegations from German TV broadcaster ARD and that task force leader Rune Andersen was given advance access to related audio and video materials.”The task force will look carefully into the matters raised by the latest documentaries, including discussing them with representatives of (the Russian track and field federation),” the IAAF said in an emailed statement.An excerpt from an ARD documentary that was broadcast yesterday included footage apparently showing a Russian coach, Vladimir Mokhnev, continuing to train top Russian athletes despite being suspended from doing so by the IAAF.Mokhnev was accused in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission’s report in November of providing banned substances to athletes who trained with him.WADA said that it was also taking an interest in yesterday’s film.”WADA is aware of the ARD documentary to be aired later today and will watch the program with interest,” spokesman Ben Nichols told the Associated Press in emailed comments.”If there are matters to be pursued. As a result, we will have no hesitation in doing so.”A previous ARD documentary in December 2014 sparked the WADA commission inves-tigation that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russia. Last November, the IAAF banned Russia from international track and field as a result.last_img read more

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Simmons anxious to move on

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Reinstated West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons, says he is eager to move on from the incident that led to his suspension for the Sri Lanka tour and sparked controversy across the region.In a prepared audio statement released on Tuesday by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Simmons apologised for the now well-publicised controversy, noting that he was now anxious to resume his duties with the Caribbean side.”I am looking forward to putting this behind me and doing the job I enjoy with the West Indies senior men’s teams, to continue heading towards the goal that we have in sight and towards which we have started working,” the 52-year-old Trinidadian said.The controversy arose when Simmons lashed out at the selection process, blaming “outside interference” for the non-selection of all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard for the one-day tour of Sri Lanka.OUTVOTEDSpeaking at a press conference in Barbados prior to the Test squad’s departure for Sri Lanka, Simmons said while he and chairman of selectors, Clive Lloyd, were in favour of the duo’s return, they had been outvoted by the three other selectors.”That’s not the disappointing fact, the disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad,” Simmons said at the time.”And it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life (people would use) their position to get people into a squad, or in this case, get people left out of a squad.”It is wrong and I don’t like it and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”The outburst led to his suspension for the Test tour of Sri Lanka, with fellow selector Eldine Baptiste taking up the interim role.Simmons was subsequently called before the WICB’s Human Resource Committee to answer for the comments.PUBLICAPOLOGYOn reinstating Simmons, the Board said Tuesday it had reprimanded the former player for the comments and also asked him to make a public apology.”I regret my public outburst during a press conference on the 25th of September, 2015 in Barbados, called to announce the West Indies Cricket Board men’s senior team selected to tour Sri Lanka in October and November, and the revelation of the voting that took place at the team selection meeting,” Simmons said in his apology.”I extend a public apology to all whom I may have offended. I have personally apologised to my fellow selectors and the West Indies Cricket Board and now do so again publicly.”Regarding the claims of outside interference, the WICB said it would “immediately investigate the allegations made by Simmons and take the necessary and appropriate action following this investigation”.Simmons will now lead the side on the Test tour of Australia starting next month.last_img read more

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Nelson shines with three-timer

first_imgThree-time champion jockey Dane Nelson started the new season with a bang at Caymanas Park yesterday, thanks to three winners on the CTL Fan Appreciation Day programme.His winners included TARANIS (7-2) in the opening race over 1300 metres for the New Year’s Day Trophy.Nelson also won the fourth race with 4-1 chance PRINCESS SHEMIKA for trainer Steven Todd and came back in the closing race to win aboard the lightly raced 5-1 shot RAS EMANUEL for trainer Peter McMaster over 1200 metres.On an eventful day which saw the stewards of the meet disqualifying two winners, Nelson was actually first past the post a fourth time on PAPER N LACE (3-1) for trainer Fitzgerald Richards in division one of the McKay Security Trophy, only to be disqualified and placed sixth, this for causing interference to highly fancied OH MY GRAND PA (4-1) in the early stages of the event. The race was awarded to long-time leader GRAN CORAZON, the 5-2 favourite.Despite the misfortune, Nelson, champion jockey from 2012 to 2014, said he was happy to emerge the leading rider with a triple on the first day.”I am pleased with all aspects of my riding, and although the plan is to do another stint in North America on and off this season, mainly at Woodbine in Toronto, Canada, I will always do well here for the benefit of my fans,’ said Nelson, who is popularly called ‘The Warrior Chief’.The Richard Azan-trained 4-y-o gelding TARANIS ran on strongly to win the New Year’s Day Trophy in a driving finish from highlyfancied SOUTHERN CRUISE(5-2) with newly crowned champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard, this after the howling 1-5 favourite DRIPPING IN GOLD led untilgiving way to the third horseSHINING LIGHT (6-1) early in the straight.Division two of the McKay Security Trophy provided a runaway win for 7-5 second favourite PERFECT FLYER with Ellis riding for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Howard Hamilton. And the day’s principal feature for the Fan Appreciation Day Trophy over 1820 metres (overnight allowance) was won by 1-2 favourite ALL CORRECT in a stirring finish from the fast-finishing duo of HOUDINI’S MAGIC (5-2) and BRAWN (3-1) in a field of nine.The winner, a 7-y-o gelding by Storm Craft out of Royal Pizzaz, was ridden by former champion Omar Walker for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owners the Velvet Glove.WARRIOR PRINCESS (5-1, made all) with Robert Halledeen aboard was the other winner to be disqualified in the second race and first place awarded to LEGENDARY PLEASURE (3-1) with whom she had interfered in the straight.last_img read more

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CAZOVA champs will boost sport – Speid

first_imgRudolph Speid, president of the Jamaica Volleyball Association (JAVA), has expressed delight at the association being selected to host the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA) Volleyball Championship in July this year. The president said the selection puts Jamaica one step closer to realising the association’s objective of popularising, professionalising, and commercialising the sport in the country.This will be the fourth time since last year that Jamaica has been selected to host an international volleyball tournament. In May 2015, Jamaica hosted the first round of the Olympic Beach Volleyball qualifiers in Ocho Rios and, in August, the CAZOVA Under-19 championships were held at the G.C. Foster College in St. Catherine. JAVA received high praise from CAZOVA for both tournaments. Jamaica has also been selected to host the second round of Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month, and now the Caribbean Championships. Speid believes these achievements will help boost the sport locally.”The volleyball community is ecstatic about being selected to host the Caribbean championships. The country has done a good job hosting two previous tournaments last year, and it will help to build the image of the sport,” he said.From July 7 to 17, 16 teams from across the region – eight male and eight female – will be competing for the respective titles, both held by Trinidad and Tobago. Due to the regional appeal, JAVA will be tasked with partnering with a Caribbean communications network to send pictures out to the region. “We have to get an event like this properly televised and reported on so that people here will start to identify with the sport and so that it can be seen as an alternative to other sports.”RAMP UP PREPARATIONSIt is only one of many things JAVA will have to get done to ensure a successful staging of the championships estimated to cost about J$20million. “We have to now ramp up preparations. The local organising committee will take over now and ensure that we get the relevant permits, meet with Major Desmon Brown at Independence Park Limited and, most important, take measures to ensure that the venue gets filled every night for the tournament.”They will also have to tie down an estimated 250 hotel rooms, possibly more, to accommodate the visiting teams and any visitor who might be travelling to see the tournament, an indicator, Speid says, on the potential impact the tournaments can have on sports tourism.CAZOVA has also promised to deliver an indoor court that will have to be in place by April. Agreements have already been reached to have the court installed at the National Arena.Meanwhile, JAVA will be out seeking sponsors to help fund the venture.”We have some national sponsors, but we will need to go beyond them. We have to put on a very good event,” Speid said.last_img read more

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Wolmer’s, Trinity seal Manning semi berths

first_img Yesterday’s results Wolmer’s Boys’ and Holy Trinity High sealed the last two semi-final spots in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup competition with victories against Haile Selassie High and Excelsior, respectively, at Constant Spring the Complex yesterday. In the first game of the double header, Holy Trinity edged Excelsior High 3-2 in a thrilling encounter, while Wolmer’s defeated Haile Selassie 1-0 in the second game. Holy Trinity secured the top spot in Group H courtesy of goals by Fabrizzio Burton in the 26th minute, Karim Brown (29th) and an own goal by Excelsior’s substitute Chavoy Malcolm (76th). Excelsior staged a late fightback courtesy of goals by substitute Jazeel Guthbert (87th minute and an own goal from Sodayne Samuels in injury time. Holy Trinity finished on six points from their three games, while Excelsior and Camperdown ended on four points apiece. It is the first time that Holy Trinity are making the Manning Cup semi-finals and coach Devon Anderson was elated. “It is the first time that we are advancing to the Manning Cup semis. We came to win the game, but almost lost at the end due to tired legs,” Anderson told The Gleaner. Anderson also emphasised that the season was dedicated to former Holy Trinity star player Jordan Foote, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year and died on March 5. He was 18 years old. “I had dedicated the season to Jordan Foote. Now, we are looking forward to going all the way,” he shared. In the second game, Wolmer’s struck early when Mario Sailsman converted a tap-in from a cross by Alphanso Gooden. The winners then stood back and completed a hard-fought victory, Haile Selassie were reduced to ten players after goalkeeper Mark Williams was issued a red card by referee Kevin Morrison for handling the ball outside of the 18-yard box. Wolmer’s were perfect in Group K with nine points from their three games, St George’s College ended on six points, Haile Selassie (3) and St Catherine finished without a point. Coach of Wolmer’s VasseLl Reynolds admitted that they were a bit concerned coming into the game. “We were a bit worried as we got knocked out at this same stage last year in the Manning Cup. We got the early goal and defended well. I thought the team was focussed for this game,” Reynolds said. Meanwhile, reigning champions Jamaica College will engage Holy Trinity in the first semi-final while Kingston College will square-off against Wolmer’s in the second game. Both games are scheduled for Saturday, November 19 at the National Stadium. FIRST TIME Holy Trinity 3 Excelsior 2 Wolmer’s 1 Haile Selassie 0 Camperdown 3 Jonathan Grant 1 St Catherine 0 St George’s College 6last_img read more

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ISSA hits back at coaches

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Dr Walton Small, has hit back at high-school athletics coaches, saying that proposed changes for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships were based on their own complaints about watering down the event.Small has also said that ISSA governs school sports, and that the issue of recruitment, as it relates to academics, is the purview of the Ministry of Education.ISSA’s Technical Committee will vote on Friday on several changes to the annual high-school track meet. One change would see track athletes being restricted to two individual events, as well as two relays.The proposals have been met with opposition from the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association (JATAFCA).Last week, a post on JATAFCA’s Facebook page pointed out that despite adjustments to the rules, 454 fewer athletes competed in Champs in 2016 than in 2010.”They (ISSA) are presiding over a period of decline. They need to pause and do the analysis in terms of the decisions being made,” JATAFCA President David Riley told The Gleaner.Small said coaches were instrumental in those changes.”When I hear that, I wonder if they have memory lapse, because we made those changes because of their suggestions … from the coaches and other experts in the field that what we were doing was bringing student athletes to Champs that did not merit the quality of the meet; that we should be displaying the best of the best. It was because of that suggestion why we increased the standards, and if we increase the standard for qualification, you are going to automatically get fewer people,” Small said.”Every year after Champs we do a review and we have a technical committee that is made up of very knowledgeable people and they advise us based on reactions, and one of our things is looking to just cutting down on the workload of students because one of our aims is to ensure that we do not expose our students to undue stress and pressure.”These rules that we have made are because we are listening. It must not be said that ISSA was insensitive to the health of the students,” he added.Small conceded that Champs athlete numbers were getting smaller, but said that it was because the quality had improved, thereby weeding out athletes who were not up to scratch.A bone of contention for Riley was that the practice of recruiting student athletes needed to be regulated.Small, however, said ISSA has rules governing how recruited athletes can participate, but that he could not stop the schools.”We are not into the business of regulating where students go. That is the business of the Ministry of Education. However, so as not to have wanton movement, we have put in rules. Yes, there are the pros and cons of transfer, (but) not all good athletes move from their school,” Small said.A number of student athletes, with and without Jamaican familial connections, have participated at Champs, and while the argument was made that they are being developed at the expense of Jamaican students, Small again said he had no control over their movements.”If a child comes to Jamaica, we cannot stop them. Once you are a student you have a right to participate in ISSA sports,” he noted.Small said a clearing house system had been instituted with the intent of regulating how students are recruited.The clearing, house, he said, prevents one school from recruiting a student without the knowledge of his or her current school administration. A registration system also identifies any student moving from one school to the next.last_img read more

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Pinelope to atone

first_imgMidweek racing continues at Caymanas Park today with a nine-race programme featuring a knotty open allowance race over 1200 metres to be contested by eight starters, including the recent winners GARY GLITTER and BLUE DIXIE.Also on the card is the annual renewal of the $350,000-$300,000 claiming race over 1100 metres for the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup in which 11 will face the starter. Top contenders are the down in class pair of DIFERENTGENERATION and FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, along with SHADE OF BEAUTY.But the race of the day is definitely the three-year-old and up open-allowance sprint which not only features GARY GLITTER and BLUE DIXIE, but the talented filly PINELOPE, DREAMCOMETRUE, POLLY B, PROLIFIC PRINCESS and SIR BUDGET.Speed is strongly represented by POLLY B and SIR BUDGET, both of whom will ensure a cracking pace into the straight. Others expected to race prominently are GARY GLITTER, PINELOPE and PROLIFIC PRINCESS.TOO SHARPI suspect that the speed of SIR BUDGET and POLLY B should set up the race for the likes of GARY GLITTER, PINELOPE or BLUE DIXIE, who though scoring over a mile in the Alex Hamilton Trophy on January 28, beating the then favourite PINELOPE into third place, will not find the trip too sharp.The Dalton Sirjue-trained four-year-old colt GARY GLITTER has progressed along the right lines in recent months and was most impressive when scoring over this trip in overnight company recently. He could well start favourite on the strength of that performance and could win again. Strictly at the weights, however, the Patrick Fong-trained PINELOPE looks tempting with a mere 48.5kg and in-form apprentice Dane Dawkins in the saddle.Backed as if defeat was out of the question when finishing 21/2 lengths third to BLUE DIXIE over a mile on last, PINELOPE chased the leader SIR BUDGET, and although taking over on entering the straight, gave way to BLUE DIXIE on the rails a furlong out, but enjoys a 8.5kg swing with her old rival today and should stave off GARY GLITTER, who is allowing her 5.5kg.Other firm fancies on the card are MONEY MAGNET in the first race for three-year-olds, PROUD PRESIDENT (Dane Nelson up) ahead of BOUNCE in the sixth, along with the Steven Todd-trained DIFERENTGENERATION in the eighth and SURE STEP in the closing four-year-old and up maiden race over the straight, both with Nelson aboard.last_img read more

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Rally Baby to catch them

first_imgToday’s 10-race programme at Caymanas Park will be highlighted by the annual renewal of the restricted allowance race (non-winners of three) over 1100 metres for the Howard Phillipps Memorial Trophy. The race has attracted a competitive looking field of 11, including the LUNAR ROCKET, SUNDANCE, LOTTERY TICKET and ZEPHYR, who all have good speed and should ensure a fast pace. Also expected to figure are the come from behind horses RALLY BABY, MISTER BONES and the recent winner MY COMPANION. One thing is sure, the Fitznahum Williams-trained filly LUNAR ROCKET should prove fastest of all and could just stave off the challenges with the trip now reduced. She carried the field to the last furlong over 1200 metres on January 14, but shortened in the last 100 metres and was relegated to fifth by the fast-finishing CLASSY AVIATOR, MISTER BONES and LOTTERY TICKET in a blanket finish. LUNAR ROCKET, the mount of Robert Halledeen, will be happy over this shorter trip and is going to prove a tough opponent with 52.0kg. Preference, however, is for RALLY BABY, to be ridden by champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan. He lost out in a photo finish to KING D in a fast-run round five race (0.59.1) on November 26 and reporting in good nick (working well), catches my fancy from the lenient mark of 52.0kg. Elsewhere on the 10-race programme, RADICAL who lost out by a nose to DONTAE over a mile recently, is tipped to go one better in the third race over 1400 metres for maiden three-year-olds. The bay colt from the stables of champion trainer Wayne DaCosta will be happier over this trip and is preferred to PROUD OF NUCLEAR in a field of nine. Other firm fancies on the card are ZACKONTHEATTACK to complete the hat-trick in the second, PARTY CITY in the fourth, the debutante LIGHTNING LILY (working well) in the sixth for maiden three-year-olds and DREAMLINER to stave off CHACE THE GREAT in the ninth for overnight allowance horses. PHOTO FINISHlast_img read more

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2 PH boxing silvers in the bag

first_imgAn eight-year ring veteran, Pangga had to weather Kazakhstan’s Talgat Syrymbetov’s last-round assault to tally a 3-2 victory in the flyweight (50kg) category.The 16-year-old Dela Peña, a Grade 10 student from General Santos City, landed unanswered punches on the Taiwanese’ face for a standing eight-count near the end of the third and final round that highlighted his vast improvement since bagging the silver medal in last year’s Batang Pinoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Only 15 but already a four-time Batang Pinoy and 2016 Palarong Pambansa champion, Pangga connected with a left-right combination on Syrymbetov in the first round to force a standing eight-count.It turned out to be the deciding factor as the Kazakh national junior champion turned aggressor and had the fading Pangga on the retreat in the third round. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dela Rosa sweeps GT200 opener 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano A southpaw, Dela Peña, who idolizes World Boxing Organization super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, will tangle with another Kazakhstan pug, Akilbek Mukhtarov, for the gold in Monday’s finals.Mukhtarov routed Uzbekistan’s Mukhammadmuso Abdurakhmonov, 5-0.Pangga, also a left-hander from Cagayan de Oro City, will battle Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet, a 5-0 winner over Kyrgystan’s Murtarbek Ibraimov.The twin victories provided a warm welcome for Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas.“These boys are talented and determined to make the country proud,” said Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Puerto Princesa—Rising star Kenneth dela Peña and accomplished amateur John Vincent Pangga posted contrasting semifinals victories Sunday, assuring the Philippines of at least two silver medals in the ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum.Just one year into the sport, Dela Peña flaunted speed and skill in trouncing Chinese Taipei’s Yu Chen-Ching, 5-0, in their pinweight (44-46kg) tussle.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines fielded only four bets in the 18-nation event confined to 15 and 16 years old and supported by Palawan Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez, Philippine Sports Commission, MVP Sports Foundation, Smart, Maynilad, PLDT, Wesing, Meralco, Philippine Airlines and San Miguel Corporation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View commentslast_img read more

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SEA Games: Ice hockey makes splash in tropics, puddles and all

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES “We’re used to it, that’s our advantage actually. We’ve practized a lot in this kind of situation,” Kovago explained.READ: Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey “It’s more sticky, so the puck will not slide. So a lot of times, you try to control the puck and you’ve just lost it because it will get stuck in the water.“So it’s not really an advantage but we got used to it, so we learned to play in these kind of conditions.”Turning up the heatADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sunday’s game was at Kuala Lumpur’s brand new national ice skating stadium, in the heart of a suburban shopping mall which remains partially under construction.The rink, described by Indonesia’s coach Gary Tan as the best in Southeast Asia, has had a few teething problems and it was previously blanketed by a thick fog, before staff adjusted the temperature settings.On Sunday the rink was ringed by hundreds of enthusiastic fans, raising the temperature beyond normal levels.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA Games“In the first period they found it difficult to skate but eventually they were able to skate well and overall the play was quite good,” said Hisham Yahaya, Malaysia’s team leader.“They’re used to soft ice. The ice here isn’t very hard but they’re able to adjust.”Ice hockey remains in its infancy in Southeast Asia and is usually played by small groups of enthusiasts.Indonesia’s team have only been together for a matter of months, and they are playing only their second tournament after making their debut at this year’s Asian Winter Games in Japan.READ: 29th SEA Games officially open in Kuala Lumpur“This is a milestone in the bigger development of this super-beautiful sport, ice hockey,” said Indonesia’s captain, Jonathan Sudharta. 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SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But Malaysia’s coach, former Hungarian international Kristof Kovago, said his players were used to a bit of water on the rink — and even saw it as an advantage.“It is common in Southeast Asia because the weather is way too hot and very humid, and there are a lot of people inside (the venue), so it’s very difficult to keep the temperature down,” he said. 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It’s a stepping stone, we waited a long time for this,” he said.Figure skating and speed skating will also make their debut at the SEA Games, a biennial competition where the sporting programme is usually tailored to suit the host nation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taallast_img read more

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