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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Americas Opening Could Be Cancelled
The America’s Cup Village is ready, the teams are prepared and excitement is building for the eagerly anticipated start of the 35th America’s Cup. The weather has been excellent this week, and is forecast to remain good on Saturday (27th May) and next week, however the current forecast for Friday 26th May is showing wind levels gusting above 30 knots in the afternoon. Whilst the wind may drop within the raceable limits of 6-24 knots later in the evening, the safety of both the sailors and spectators is always paramount, and a decision whether to open the America’s Cup Village or not will be taken accordingly.

On Friday 26th May, racing is scheduled to begin at 5.00pm and the Opening Ceremony is due to take place from 8.30pm. A final decision about the opening of the America’s Cup Village may be made as late as 9.00pm Thursday 25th May, after a more updated forecast is assessed. If racing is cancelled on Friday 26th May, the America’s Cup Village will also be closed. Racing would then be rescheduled for Saturday afternoon and the Opening Ceremony would also be delayed.

America’s Cup Event Authority CEO Russell Coutts said, “With a sellout crowd for Friday, and huge anticipation for what we are confident will be one of the most competitive America’s Cups ever, rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that the opening day goes ahead. However, if the prudent decision is to postpone the start of the event, then racing will be rescheduled to Saturday, where the weather forecast indicates great racing conditions.”

Please stay tuned to all America’s Cup channels for event updates: www.americascup.com, Twitter and Facebook @americascup. For local Bermuda travel updates such as ferries and buses, please go to www.acbda.bm or via Twitter @AC2017BDA and Facebook @ACBermuda

Should the America’s Cup Village not open, all ticket holders for the America’s Cup Village, Grandstand seats, Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy Island Bar and Longtail Lounge will automatically receive a refund. Should they wish to attend another day, tickets will separately need to be purchased for this day. For Official Spectator Boat ticket holders, should the boat be unable to leave the dock, they will also be provided with a refund.

Monday, May 22, 2017
Bermuda Inside Sports Talk Radio Live @ 1:30pm

Inside Sports Talk Radio will air on www.islandstats.com today Monday May 1st at 1:30pm.

This Live Radio Sports Talk Show is hosted weekly by Ian Rawlins and co-hosted by Earl Basden.

Aprille Choudhury DeShield will deliver the Health segment of the programme.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Marcus Scotland Leads Spencer to Victory

A standout performance from Marcus Scotland helped Spencer defeat the Old Ruts by 3 wickets.

Scotland’s inning first patient and then later explosive as he scored 55 not out retiring before Spencer nervously got the remaining runs.

Chasing a modest total of 94 in 24 overs to win, Spencer reached 30 off 12 overs, before Scotland took the initiative magnificently, hitting 37 off two overs of spin, before retiring with nine runs remaining and five overs left.

Overall the Spencer batsman showed promise, but the new players could take a lesson from Scotland in picking the good balls from the bad.

Scotland was named the Man of the Match.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Bermuda Digicel Sports Show

On the next edition of the Digicel Sports Show host Earl Basden and co-host Jason Ford brings you all the latest in Sports.

Tonight’s programme he will update you on sports in Bermuda and Bermudians competing globally, we will bring the latest news and video of sports like Nahki Wells and Huddersfield Advancing, Antigua Bermuda yacht sinking, an interview with the skipper of the first boat to cross the line, interview with the Netball Team arriving home as well as Owen Siese a member of the Bermuda Youth Red Bull team, plus much more..

Digicel and www.islandstats.com combine to give you our viewers the best Sports Coverage of Bermuda talent during the show.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Bermuda Island Games Team Gear Up for Gotland
Seventy of Bermuda’s top athletes are getting ready to head to Sweden to take part in the 2017 NatWest Island Games.

On June 22, Team Bermuda will set off for the tiny Swedish island of Gotland, which has a population of 57,000 people, and is a top tourism spot in the Baltic Sea.

Jon Beard, Chairman of the Bermuda Island Games Association, said, “These games are of a high standard. They are not the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, but they still provide a very strong test for our athletes and help to develop them for future competitions.”

Beard pointed out that, as an example, the only national swimming record of Bermuda that is better than a NatWest Games record is that of Olympian Kiera Aitken.

“With these games, our athletes can compete in a competition where they truly have the chance to finish on the podium and it is a chance to show off our talent on an international stage,” said Mr Beard.

The Island Games, which were hosted by Bermuda in 2013, are only open to islands with a population of less than 120,000.

Bermuda will be represented in: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Tennis, Triathlon and Volleyball.

Association Secretary, Juanita Blee said she had seen her sport, volleyball, develop since its first inclusion in the Games and said she was especially proud of the number of young Bermudians now playing for the national teams and those playing volleyball in university.

“The Games are an opportunity for our athletes to come together as one team, to fly the flag for Bermuda, and to experience other cultures. That has to be a good thing,” she said.

Beard and Blee said they were extremely grateful to the foundations and companies which had helped fund the team.

However, they said the bulk of the costs fall on the athletes and the sports bodies. “We are trying to help defray the costs of the onward flight from Gatwick, especially for the younger athletes representing Bermuda,” said Mr Beard.

He added that Dominic Mayho will be keen to add to his gold medal in cycling when he won the criterium in Jersey, and is joined by a young, exciting team.

Jarryd Dillas has regularly finished on the golf podium and we will be hoping he does so again. Shianne Smith, Tahirra Butterfield and Natasha Trott have shown their terrific ability and won medals in previous Games in Athletics.

Volleyball will be keen to finish among the medals having done so or been close throughout the Games. “Gymnastics are in the Games again this year, and our gymnasts have always done us proud and finished in the medals,” said Mr Beard.

“Gavin Manders and David Thomas have been popular and regular Tennis competitors in the Games and will hope that they can get into the medals, especially if they are coming off Davis Cup competition.

“Badminton will be hoping to continue their obvious development through recent Games and aim to be in the medals; and Archery, which has developed incredibly in Bermuda in recent years is hoping for their first medal in these Games.

“Tucker Murphy will once again show his athletic diversity and hopes to among the top finishers in triathlon.”
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