THE Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) will resume its domestic season tomorrow with the signature GRFU Sevens tournament.The tournament, which will feature both male and female aspects, will be played at the National Park commencing at 11:30hrs.That tournament will be followed by the Trophy Stall Sevens where both men and women will be in action at the same time at the same venue.Both tournaments will conclude the 2016 domestic season with a release from the GRFU stating inclement weather conditions caused many postponements of tournaments, thus causing the season to extend into 2017.Following this weekend of action, the Bounty Farm 15s will take centrestage, September 2 to November 5, at the National Park from 16:00hrs.Meanwhile, training days for the men and women continue with the men practising Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays every week from 15:30hrs to 18:00hrs..The women will practise on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays every week from 16:30hrs to 18:00hrs.
Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has jumped to the defence of his national teammate Olivier Giroud after he was described as a go-cart by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.Benzema, who said he was comparable to an F1 car, defended his comments, saying that “Giroud himself knows it.”‘You don’t confuse Formula One with go-karting. And I’m being kind. Next… and I know I’m F1,” he said on Instagram.He later added that in comparisons with former Brazil star, Ronaldo, he would definitely consider himself the go-cart.“They only focused on that, on what I said about Formula One and karting, but it’s what I think and it’s the truth.“Look, if I was asked about Ronaldo Nazario, then he would be the Formula One and I would be the kart. Short and simple.”Griezmann who has played with both Giroud and Benzema in matches for the French national team, including the World Cup-winning campaign with Giroud, said the importance of winning a world cup cannot be understated.“I can’t answer all that, that could get me into trouble,” Griezmann said on Twitch.“I love Olivier Giroud, he’s a good player and he helped us win the World Cup. And that’s important in life.“His comments come after Giroud himself hit back at comments made by Benzema.In an interview with Befoot the former Arsenal striker spoke about his World Cup winner’s medal, implicitly pointing out the absence of one for Benzema.“People say you cannot compare a Formula One car with a go-kart and the only thing I can say on the matter is that I’m a world champion, so that isn’t bad for a go-kart, Giroud said.”Benzema lost his place as France’s first-choice striker to Giroud in 2015 after he was implicated in an alleged blackmail plot involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena.However, fans’ reaction to Giroud’s place in the national team is divided, with many claims that he doesn’t score enough.This became a little more apparent at the 2018 World Cup where Giroud failed to register a single shot on target, despite Les Blues winning the title.France’s forward Olivier Giroud (R) and France’s forward Karim Benzema shake hands after drawing 0-0 at the end of the Group E football match between Ecuador and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEHowever, others have argued that Giroud’s importance to the national team is without questions as he facilitates the movement of other players around him, making them more efficient.Benzema has scored 27 goals in 81 international appearances for France, while Giroud has 39 goals in 97 matches.
The man who was on Thursday morning apprehended by Police in an abandoned house at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder was on Monday slapped with a narcotics possession charge when he appeared at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court.The wanted fugitive, Vinod Gopaul pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. He was remanded to prison and would make his next court appearance at the Mibicuri Court on August 21.Nabbed fugitive Vinod GopaulGopaul was wanted by the Police following the fatal shooting of three bandits on May 19, 2019, at Black Bush Polder.He was charged for several counts of armed robbery. Most of the robberies were allegedly committed in the Black Bush Polder area and on the Corentyne Coast.In June 2011, Gopaul had escaped from custody. At the time, he was serving a sentence for the 2004 murder of his father whom he shot and killed.He was also among 18 prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street Prison in 2007 and was recaptured shortly after and charged while some of the other prisoners were shot dead.Further, he escaped again in June 2011 along with notorious high seas pirate Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford Le Fleur, and Vijay Seenarine of Skeldon.Following several robberies on the Corentyne, Police ranks raided the backlands of Johanna, Black Bush Polder with the aim of capturing the wanted bandits.