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Cayhill-More than 60 girls and women participated in the Women’s Football Day that took place on Saturday May 21st 2016. The event, sponsored by Law office Sulvaran & Peterson, took place at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex and had girls and women, from both the Dutch and French sides of the island, taking part in the activities. The program consisted of football skills challenges which covered juggling, dribbling, shooting and keeper skills and ended with 5v5 games. President of Parliament, Mrs. Sarah Wescott-Williams, head of Sports department Ms. Jonelle Richardson and President of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Mr. Sudesh Singh gave speeches in support of Women’s Football Day. ‘Last year we had only 15 participants and this year more than 60. With such a huge outcome we are more than grateful for all the volunteers who assisted in making the day a success’ commented chair of the Sint Maarten Soccer Association women’s committee Ms. Danaë Daal.

Pictures and information of that day can be found on the Sint Maarten Soccer Association Facebook Page.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game.

All games will start on the scheduled time.

Games will be forfeit if there isn’t five players on the court after fifteen minutes of the scheduled game time. 


















The Tournament is now a double elimination

PRAGUE – For Usain Bolt, the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was “really bad news”.

“It’s rough. It’s rough in the sport -“Something that’s been tarnishing the sport for years,” the Jamaican great said yesterday.

Bolt was speaking a day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 31 athletes could be banned from competing at the Rio de Janeiro Games. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and others “are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They’ve proven that anybody who has cheated, they’re going to catch”.

Bolt will run in the 100 metres at the Golden Spike meet in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava tomorrow, his first race in Europe ahead of the Rio Games.

He said he believed that the crackdown on doping could prove successful.

“Hopefully, we can take steps forward in making the sports better and in the upcoming years, we won’t have these problems,” Bolt said. “But I think it’s a process, and I think over time, we will get better because they’re doing such a good job.”

In track, Russia is banned from competing because of a WADA panel report detailing state-sponsored doping.

The IAAF has yet to decide if the Russian track team will be allowed to compete in Rio.

“I don’t really think about it,” Bolt said. “For me, rules are rules. I really don’t make the rules, so all I do is follow the rules. I can’t really do anything about it.”

Tomorrow’s race will be Bolt’s second 100m after clocking 10.05 seconds in the Cayman Islands on Saturday. After that, he needed a treatment in Germany on the way to Prague.

“I had a tight hamstring after the last race, but I went to see a doctor and he solved the problem,” Bolt said. “I’m feeling pretty good right now. I’m feeling much better. I was training yesterday and everything was better.”

The six-time Olympic champion will race for the eighth time at the Golden Spike meet, part of the IAAF World Challenge series.

“I’ll be very happy with at least 9.8,” he said.

In Europe, Bolt is only scheduled to race in the London Diamond League meet on July 22, two weeks before the Rio Games open.

The 29-year-old Jamaican has not given up his goal to break his own 200m world record of 19.19, set in 2009.

“Definitely, for me, everything’s possible,” he said. “If I can continue on the right path until I get to the Olympics, I definitely think there can be world-records. I really want to run sub, 19. That’s my focus right now.”

Bolt acknowledged that his career might be coming to an end but was still not there.

“I’m definitely at the final stretch for sure,” he said. “I think I’m coming to the end of the finish line, but I can’t say how close I am. I’m just trying to close it out as best as possible.” (AP)

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Country Club at Port De Plaisance in collaboration with the school manager Stuart Johnson of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary have teamed up for a special physical education project. 

Since the beginning of the year the Cycle 2 classes of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School added professional tennis classes to their physical education experience. The Physical Education Coach Kevin Dekkers along with the respective class teachers assist during these special classes.  

"I am extremely happy  so far with the progress our students have shown by participating in this weekly tennis partnership," remarked Stuart Johnson School Manager of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School. 

"Every week the students are eager to go to PDP Country Club to gain more knowledge and skills in tennis. The excitement is clearly on their faces are they actively engage in this sport," Johnson added. 

 “Welcoming the students of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Primary School to the Country Club Port de Plaisance was a great opportunity for us as we strongly believe in providing opportunities for children,” Marc J. Morand General Manager of the Country Club at Port de Plaisance. “I had a great experience being with the students when I visited and saw first-hand how they’ve grown into this sport," said Managing Director of Marine Management & Consulting Jeffrey Dale Boyd.

Mr. Boyd added, "I’m elated to have fostered this working agreement with the school manager in the benefit of the students. These students have really impressed me especially when I had a one on one match with them.”  The tennis program started since Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at The Country Club at Port De Plaisance.

Both Mr. Boyd and Mr. Johnson expressed their appreciation to everyone who made this project possible and hoped for a longstanding working relationship.

In Photo: One of the participating classes, Cycle 2 year 1B with Teacher Lacroes and School Manager Stuart Johnson.

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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – On Monday, May 15th Member of Parliament (MP) Leona Marlin Romeo, queried the Minister of Sports and Health on the plan of approach on ensuring proper ventilation be in place at all sports auditoriums.

Concerns from residents of Sucker Garden who frequents the Melford Hazel Sports auditorium complained about the heat in the facility.

The Member of Parliament also questioned whether there will be some sort of awareness campaign done to inform athletes and parents about the importance of pre-participation physical examination​s.  These exams are essential and must be mandatory for athletes in our schools and those physically participating in team​ ​s​ports​.

Whether such an exam​ination​ is already part of the school/sports policy was also a question posed by M​P​ Leona Marlin-R​omeo.

Identifying athletes that could be at risk for further injury and ensuring that they are referred to more medical evaluations before allowing them to participate is vital.

Globally this is an issue and many countries have taken preventive measures to avoid the risks involved.

Parents must also be cognizant and forthcoming about the medical history of their children so that the sports organizations are aware and can act accordingly stated the Member of Parliament.

It is imperative for all of us to ensure that preventative measures are in place to avoid any more fatal incidents stated Member of Parliament Leona Marlin Romeo.

CAYHILL, St. Maarten - The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced that its second annual Women’s Football Day (WFD) will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21, 2016. 

Building on the success of the inaugural women’s day held in 2015, in which 38 of the 41  member associations within the Confederation united to create a significant opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s one-day event will provide an even stronger platform to raise awareness for women’s growing  participation in soccer. 

The Sint Maarten Soccer Association (SMSA) participated in last year’s event and will join again this year by organising a Football Skills Challenge and a 5 v 5 Tournament.

All women, ages 6 and up, are welcome to participate. Participation is free and the event is scheduled to kick-off at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex at 3:30pm. ‘This is an important day for all women football players as we continue to promote and develop women’s football on Sint Maarten.

We hope that many girls and women who are playing or are interested in the sport join us this coming Saturday’ commented Chair of the Women’s Committee Ms. Danaë Daal.

Joining the WFD as a main sponsor is Law office Sulvaran & Peterson which has a strong women’s representation with mainly female lawyers employed by the firm. The Women's Committee is happy to have Sulvaran and Peterson on board for the event.

Further details about WFD can be found on the SMSA Facebook page. Interested girls and women can register via this Facebook page, their football clubs, or by contacting the organiser at 5806494.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On May 14 the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns project commenced in St. Peters.

Over the weekend community building exercises took place, stories by an long time resident of the neighborhood were shared and several groups went into the neighborhood to ask residents what they would like to see improve in their neighborhood.

The youth of St. Peters took the lead in these exercises and gathered the aforementioned information on neighborhood improvement from residents.

This information was used to develop some plans for execution in the weekend of May 21 and 22, called the ‘Hands-On Weekend’.

These plans consist of: 1. Cleaning of the basketball court and adjacent playground; 2. Making bins to be placed on the corners of the basketball court; 3. Making flowerpots to be placed close to the basketball court and playground; 4. Making signage like ‘no smoking’ and ‘no littering’ to be placed by the basketball court and playground; 5. Teaching the youth how to make basketball nets, so they can at any time have functioning basketball nets without having to purchase these nets.

All residents of St. Peters, interested persons and organizations are called to partake in the scheduled neighborhood improvements.

Donations in the form of materials like wood, old tires, garbage bags, (yard) tools, paint, etc. are most welcome. The ‘Hands-On Weekend’ will be followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament surrounded by fun activities on March 28. Interested persons and organizations can contact the Shoot Hoops, Not Guns committee via Facebook page or via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

HOLLAND - Dutch teenager and Formula One racing driver Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday, just a week after moving up to the Red Bull senior team.

According to the BBC Verstappen, who is 18, ‘did not put a wheel wrong’ in winning his first race. ‘To win in the first race is such an amazing feeling,’ Verstappen told the broadcaster.

‘My dad helped me a lot to achieve this, this is amazing.’ Verstappen’s father Jos drove for Benetton, Stewart and Arrows between 1994 and 2003. The victory means Verstappen is the youngest Grand Prix winner in history.

The win came after Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton collided on the first lap. According to El País, Verstappen was totally equal to the pressure he was under.

‘The final part of the race was spectacular, a demonstration of power, of a winning mentality, and a determination to not buckle in the face of what [Ferrari’s Kimi] Raikkonen could throw at him,’ the paper said.

‘The Finn made life difficult for him, threatening him, intimidating him, trying to make him slip up. But Verstappen kept his cool.’

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The SXMNBA would like to inform all teams and players that they must be on time for their game.

All games will start on the scheduled time.

Games will be forfeit if there isn’t five players on the court after fifteen minutes of the scheduled game time. 

















The Tournament is now a double elimination


PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports would like to extend condolences to the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Zahir Edwards who passed away this past Wednesday, May 11 after collapsing while playing basketball, his lifelong dream, at the L.B. Scott Sports Auditorium.

The Ministry also sends out its appreciation to Coach Paul Bell who was on hand to initiate CPR whilst waiting for the paramedics. The outpouring of support for the family was and is also greatly appreciated.

This is indeed a tough blow for the family, loved ones, basketball, and the community of St. Maarten to understand. The sudden loss of an aspring professional athlete in the prime of his development is difficult to accept, but we must look at the positive contribution he made to the sport and how he served as a positive role model to his peers and will continue to be for years. In time we will be happy that his short life did have purpose.

Zahir will always be remembered as a great young man, well loved and respected, an excellent student and athlete with an exemplary attitude who positively impacted everyone who met him.

We stand in support of the family during this time of grief. May his soul rest in eternal peace and may his light shine on as athlete beacon to our youth around the island!

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