As you have been able to know ACE, after Mendes’ initiative, several footballers, some of whom he represents as Cristiano RonaldoThey can be encouraged to use their resources for the good of society. It is expected that in the next few hours footballers from around the world will join in the necessary aid to combat the virus. Cristiano Ronaldo is in his native Madeira serving Juventus team quarantine because he traveled there to see his mother who had suffered a stroke and had to withdraw at home. In Spain this initiative has been taken by the family Ortega from Inditex and it is expected that in the next few hours Spain will receive the much-needed material in Spanish hospitals. Amancio Ortega’s daughter, Sandra will donate more than a million masks, 5,000 protective suits and a number of protective screens still to be determined, according to The voice of Galicia.The same information indicates that the material was purchased from a Chinese supplier and is expected to arrive shortly. Inditex announced this week that it would donate 300,000 surgical masks, to which other material will be added. In addition, the textile company has joined the manufacture of dressing gowns and other types of material. Specifically, it is going to start manufacturing sanitary masks, gloves, goggles, caps, leggings and facial protectors.The initiative of the Ortega family in Spain and Jorge Mendes in Portugal can produce a knock-on effect and it is expected that more people with possible investments in sanitary material. The spokeswoman for Gestifute, company of Mendes, Manuela Brandao The initiative pointed out in social networks: “In the face of the health emergency affecting our country, Jorge Mendes and Gestifute undertake to contribute to the reinforcement of the resources that serve the hospital establishments of our country in the fight against the Covid-19 virus. In this sense, Jorge Mendes has ordered (with delivery scheduled for the first week of April) three ventilators, which will serve two hospitals in the north of the country. “ Jorge Mendes has begun to acquire medical supplies to provide the São João hospital in Porto to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The soccer agent has acquired two hundred thousand individual protection gowns and one thousand ventolin applicators. And in the next few days, when he gets the material he is looking for all over the world, he will buy 50,000 masks and donate them also to Portuguese hospitals.
TWO weeks before the biggest event on its calendar for 2015, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is in turmoil, as it faces not only external threat, but accusations of betrayal from its own athletes.Last week, British newspaper The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR published a report saying that the IAAF did not act on thousands of suspicious doping tests from the 2005 and 2007 World Championships.This week, Olympic discus champion Robert Harting led several athletes in a video accusing the body of betrayal.The IAAF had already faced challenges to its credibility this year, given the exceptional season of the American, Justin Gatlin, who is the fastest man over 100m and 200m this season, coming back from two doping suspensions.Jamaican psychiatrist Dr Aggrey Irons, a member of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) Disciplinary Committee and a former member of the Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel, believes there is an attempt to damage the IAAF.”It is an attempt to damage the credibility of the IAAF. I don’t think it will work,” Irons said.Sports psychologist Dennis May agrees and said the turmoil may work in the IAAF’s favour.”Not this issue, because in a sense it has been dealt with already at the highest level. We have seen, too, many accusations in baseball and football. There was a lull, but it came back up. When fans see there is an effort to take out the unfair advantage, people will appreciate it. People love sport. What they want to know is that it is a level playing field,” he said.Opportunity for changeMay, who holds a master’s degree in advanced behavioural science from Antioch University in Seattle, said it is time for the IAAF to institute harsher penalties for cheating.”It’s an opportunity to say ‘here is a stake in the ground’. The sanctions going forward may be even harder.”The founder of Jamalco Track Club believes the tension will heighten interest in the World Championships, especially the men’s 100m, which will feature the tainted Gatlin and reigning world champion Usain Bolt.”It’s high drama,” he said. “It is almost like a soap opera and films you watch. Athletics is at a crux point. From the fans’ point of view, it’s the clean games versus the dirty games. It’s interesting. People say Gatlin tested positive and he has served his time and people will say it has happened with us too.”Upcoming electionMay added that the timing of the scandal was interesting, given that the IAAF will face an election just before the World Championships next week.The body will meet to decide its next president, with 1984 1500m Olympic champion Sebastian Coe facing Ukraine’s 1988 pole vault champion, Sergey Bubka.Irons also said it is in the athletes’ and specifically, Jamaican athletes’ best interest to remain focused.”Recently, there has been an attempt to make us run under a cloud and we have to try to run above that cloud. We have a vested interest in our sport staying clean,” said Irons.May said he is not sure Harting’s accusations are a popular opinion among athletes, which would have been noticed in this age of social media.”Has there been a ground swell? If (that was the case) there would have been a lot of responses and in today’s world with responses being so fast, if you haven’t seen that, I don’t think that will affect it,” he said.