-Says measures in place to protect players, fans in the futureBy Clifton RossPRESIDENT of the Titans Table Tennis Club Dwayne Dick, lauded the actions taken by both players and parents following the current state of lockdown on sports.Table-Tennis players like many others have been served some indefinite downtime due to the covid-19 spread which continues to wreak havoc globally.Speaking with Chronicle Sports yesterday, Dick said he was overwhelmed by the support and efforts shown by the parents of the young table tennis players.“I have to commend the player’s parents. Some of the parents have really stepped up to ensure that the players stay fit, by watching videos on techniques and other training methods. I also have been sharing some as well and I have been advising parents to some extent as to the relevant workouts” Dick outlined.One of the highlights of the quarantine according to the president is the dedication shown by Colin Wong, the 2019 bronze medallist In Boys Under 13 at CRTTF championship, boys singles and doubles.Wong has been hitting the weights daily while working on his technique and according to his coach, “He’s very motivated and staying disciplined throughout all this”.Colin Wong doing some weight trainingHe added that it is crucial for all the athletes to maintain their fitness. “For them it’s more about long term development, a way of life for them. This is the opportune time for them to go hard in terms of strength and conditioning because they have more time to rest and recover”.He continued, “I also encourage them to catch up with schoolwork, bcus that is always a challenge for student athletes, who usually juggle the two. As a matter of fact I am tutoring some of them in math via virtual platforms”.Speaking on the energy coming from the camp, Dick said the feedback was positive from his players. “They are learning to cope with uncertainty and learning to appreciate the fact that they are capable of adjusting to circumstances. ”Most importantly, whenever sports locally resumes, safety will be key and the club head echoed similar sentiments, saying measures are already in place to ensure player’s safety is optimum.“Less players at training sessions,” Cleaning the ball, racket and tables frequently. Also fumigating the venue regularly. We will be monitoring or testing maybe once a month for Covid until such time”. He confirmed.With regards to fans, plans are also in place to ensure they too are kept safe. “We will have to limit spectators at tournament venues and play less categories a day to minimise player contact”. Dick ended.
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball head coach Bo Ryan entered the post-game press conference with an ice bag in hand following his team’s 92-39 annihilation of Southern (0-2, 0-0 SWAC). The coach then joked about being hurt watching a play by guard Mickey Perry, who performed a dizzying succession of moves, feigning a neck injury. The laugher on the court was punctuated by laughter in the media room.”I actually hurt myself,” Ryan said, punctuating the statement with a several ooh’s and groans. “I have never seen 18 moves on one play in my life.”In what many are hoping will be a memorable season in Wisconsin basketball, the Badgers made a little bit of history early on in the season, as the 53-point margin of victory it was the second largest ever for UW, only trailing a 55-point win over Denver Dec. 14, 1988.The beating was so sound that Southern head coach Rob Spivery questioned how much the Badgers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) could’ve gotten out of such a win.”It is very disappointing for us to travel the distance we traveled so far and not compete,” Spivery said. “I’m not sure if Bo and his team got anything out of this tonight, because of the competitiveness of our team.”The Badgers took over the game early, jumping out to a 32-8 lead, making 13 of their first 18 shots and burying the Jaguars before they even had chance to refill their Gatorade bottles. UW built a 50-19 halftime lead by spreading the ball around and taking advantage of Southern’s flimsy ballhandling.The Jaguars coughed up the ball 13 times in the first half alone, and Wisconsin capitalized, outscoring Southern 20-0 off turnovers in the first half alone and 37-6 for the game. The Jags ended the game with just three assists and 25 turnovers.”We had too many unforced turnovers,” Spivery said. “For some reason, we did not protect the basketball.””[Southern] was young and some of the decisions they made obviously helped us,” Ryan said, adding that he was pleased that his team managed those turnovers without getting out of their regular defense. “It wasn’t because we were doing things that we don’t normally do defensively.”The Badgers didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half, adding 22 points onto their lead and making a run for 100 points, before slowing down in the final minutes.Three Wisconsin players — Alando Tucker, Brian Butch and Michael Flowers — scored in double figures with 16, 12 and 11 points respectively, and four more chipped in eight points.The Badger offense was cruelly efficient, shooting 62.3 percent for the game. “A lot of time shooting percentages is what kind of shots you’re settling for,” Ryan said. “I thought we were settling for very good shots. And they were going in.”For their part, the Badgers believed that they gained valuable experience in game.”Some teams, a lot of times when they get up like that they start to lose focus,” senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “Even though we were up a lot, we still tried to work on things that are going to help us down the stretch against tougher competition.””I thought we stayed true to the game,” Ryan said. “When you have a lead like that, a lot of times you get bad habits and you do things that take away from what you’ve been working on.”The win over Southern was the first of four games Wisconsin will play this week as part of the South Padre Island Invitational, which will continue in Madison Tuesday night when UW takes on Delaware State before finishing in South Padre, Texas, over Thanksgiving Break. The busy week is welcomed by players.”I’d rather play games than practice. Our practices are hard,” Tucker said, also appreciating the experience factor that goes into playing in-season tournaments. “When you can play a tournament early on, it prepares you for what can happen in March.”