JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — After Section IV postponed the indoor track and field season, Johnson City High School is hoping to have some type of season in place. Section IV’s statement listed the Department of Health’s limitations on large gatherings, and a lack of available indoor facilities as reasons for the postponement. “These are kids that haven’t had a sport to do since, you know the end of February beginning of March, and it’s rough on them,” he said. “We’re kind of hoping that some things will go in our favor.” “If we can break our meets down like we have in the past, where we have just five, or six or seven schools per meet, you know and just have a limited number of entries per event then that decreases the number of people in the building,” said Putman. “The initial hope was that we’d start November 30 like we normally would, have our month of preseason preparation for competition, and then once the first of the year rolled around we’d be able to compete and do our normal thing, which would have been ideal for us,” said Putman. Putman said the biggest hurdle is finding places to compete. Putman said there haven’t been discussions among schools or coaches yet, but he anticipates there is a way to make a season work. Johnson City track and field coach Eric Putman said he was planning on the indoor season beginning along with the rest of winter sports in early January. Despite the postponement, Section IV will allow individual school districts to participate on their own. “Hopefully we can come up with some sort of a schedule if possible, maybe where we do a dual meet scenario with another school, we do a limited number of events,” he said. “We do a lot of our competitions at colleges and with schools in the SUNYAC and possibly the ECAC conference canceling their sports, they’ve closed their facilities down,” he said. “Without hearing back from those schools, we’re kind of up in the air as to where we can do our competition.” Now, it’s up to each school district to map out a schedule on their own, if they choose to participate. Putman said he isn’t sure when a plan will be put in place, but the main goal is bringing competition back to athletes.
*Hails world champion’s fighting prowessNational Telecommunications Company, Globacom, has congratulated Nigerian–born British boxer, Anthony Joshua, on his victory on Saturday nightagainst Mexican Andy Ruiz in Diriya Arena, Saudi Arabia.In a unanimous points decision, Joshua regained his four world heavyweight titles: International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Association (WBA),World Boxing Organisation (WBO), and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) after the 12-round bout. Globacom, in a statement in Lagos, congratulated the boxer on his unlimited performance which earned him victory, thus regaining his world heavyweight titles.According to Glo, “The match was tough and tight, we commend Joshua for his hard work, concentration and never-say-die spirit which Nigerians are known for globally and which earned him the much needed victory”“Your victory in Diriya is a testament to your outstanding boxing prowess and determination to excel. You gave a good account of yourself and we are very proud of you,” Globacom said.The telecommunications company said Joshua’s victory is a sweet reminder of a globally acclaimed TVC where the boxing icon outlined the characteristics he shares with Globacom, including “the never-say-die, unlimited and can-do spirit”. Joshua further proclaimed in the TVC that, “You need strength. Yeah, that comes from the hard knocks that life throws at us and we are Nigerians, we know all about that.”Anthony Joshua had surprisingly lost his world heavyweight boxing titles to Andy Ruiz who was last minute replacement of WBA no 2 contender, Jerry Miller, at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 1, 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram