Saipan carves niche as sports tourism capital of Micronesia

first_img2013 Hell of the Marianas. Photo from the official HOM Facebook account.SAIPAN—Not only do the steep hills of Saipan provide the best access to breathtaking view of the island, they can also push even the most veteran athletes to their limits.Saipan’s terrain, which features short sharp climbs across the luscious forest overlooking the ocean,  makes for the perfect setting for the island’s top sporting events, which has consistently lured elite athletes from all over the world.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Westbrook’s triple-double fuels Thunder Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Kim Mangrobang wins gold anew as Filipinos secure triathlon double sweep00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK “Aside from the scenic view, the course itself provides a great challenge,” Vincent Seman, president of the Northern Mariana Islands Cycling Federation, told INQUIRER.net. “Anywhere you can lots of flats, but not anywhere you can have lots of flats and short steep climbs.”Seman, who also got into the sport of cycling because of Saipan’s captivating yet challenging courses, believes that that combination is why cyclists and other athletes alike keep coming back. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“[Saipan] just the provides a very natural environment. Just to have this kind of scenery and to be able to put up a race like this, it’s just the best of both worlds.”Saipan  is located in the Western Pacific some four hours away from Manila by plane with a population of close to 50,000— a good number of that from the Philippines. View comments Concepcion said Saipan’s hosting of the IRONMAN 70.3 is a first in Micronesia and the MVA is hoping to encourage participants in places where there is an MVA office like Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Earlier this month, Filipino cyclists and triathletes had their mettle tested in the annual Hell of the Marianas 100-kilometer bike race and all of them admitted that the course was one of the toughest they’ve experienced yet.“It was really hard. I hope the level of competition continues to improve because this was a great course and I know a lot more can be encouraged to join, “ said multiple Tour champion Mark Galedo, who finished third in the race last December 3, said in Filipino.Hell of the Marianas is just one of the international sporting tournaments Saipan has regularly hosted in the past decade. There is also the annual XTERRA Off-Road Championships, where Filipinos like professional triathlete Joe Miller of Team Forza have also competed.But there is none bigger than the prestigious IRONMAN 70.3 Saipan this March, something which is sure to boost Saipan’s reputation as a sports tourism destination in this side of the world.“We want to promote as a fun, fit, active, and healthy destination,” said Marianas Visitors Authority managing director Chris Concepcion. “That’s how we want to brand ourselves–as a sports island and paradise here in the middle of the Pacific.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol townlast_img read more

Linden Town Week 2016 officially opens

first_img– Miss LTW Pageant notably absent from calendarlA section of the gathering at LTW openinginden Mayor Carwyn Holland on Sunday declared the 20th year of the Linden Town Week (LTW) celebrations officially opened, signalling the commencement of 10 days of culture, sport and fete. This year, the annual event which celebrates the birth of the town is being hosted by Vybz Entertainment Inc once again, under the theme “Reflection, resilience, rediscover Linden. Celebrating who we are.” A church service followed by a march pass along Republic Avenue, Linden, were a prelude to the official opening held at the Linden-Georgetown minibus park.A number of melodic performances by local artistes as well as dance and an award segment set the stage for the 10 days of celebrations.In his presentation before a packed audience, Holland underscored the importance of Linden as a town, promising that it “will be made great again”. This year, Linden is also celebrating 46 years as a town and 100 years of bauxite mining.“As we launch this year’s Linden Town Week celebration, I look forward to rich, cultural presentations that remind us of our heritage and inspire our youths to become involved in the arts. This year’s celebration must be more than just an opportunity to frolic. It should represent the heart and the mind of the people of Linden. It should showcase the wealth of our resources we possess and entice investors to invest,” the Mayor said.He added that Linden Town Week is an ideal time to demonstrate the human and natural resources of the town because the season for accelerated income generation in the resources rich town is now.“Linden Town Week, when come and gone, should leave a trail of development. Something must be seen as evidence of success, of this sports, culture and entertainment tourism package… If this is not seen afterwards, then I encourage a re-think and a remodel of Town Week to achieve same”, Holland said.Chairman of Vybz Entertainment Inc Devin Sears said the LTW event has grown and underwent many changes over the years, developing from the idea of Linden Town Day, which was first crafted by Lindener Norvel Fredericks 20 years ago. He said Fredericks had a dream then, of showcasing everything that Linden has to offer.Noting that this is the second year Vybz Entertainment has the LTW franchise, Sears noted that there are numerous challenges, however it is a time for reflecting on how far the event has come and where it is headed. Young people, he said, are one of the primary focuses this year, as he outlined numerous activities planned to ensure their participation.“Linden Town Week is an opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer, primarily through tourism… Linden Town Week 2016 offers a lot to our young people. Vybz Entertainment along with other promoters, have collaborated to bring you the Skip to My Lou competition… debating competition, we have Spelling B.A new feature has been added – the high school singing competition hosted by Code Red Records, has seen nine finalists…The future of Linden lies in our young people. We have to ensure that the talent they have is nurtured”.Senior citizens will not be left out this year, noted Sears who said the annual senior citizens receptions will be held. The event will also see karaoke competitions as well as the usual concept parties. Due to lack of sponsorship however, Sears said for the first time, there will be no Miss LTW pageant as is customary, however, the organisers will look at the possibility of hosting the event sometime later this year. The ‘Miss Big and Bold’ pageant will be hosted, nevertheless.“We’ve decided to shift it, in ensuring that quality of the Miss Linden Town Week remains, we had to shift it, but it will be coming before the end of this year so that Linden can enjoy, once again, having a queen that will reign for one year,” he assured.Sears said plans for next year’s activity will commence soon after the hosting of this year’s event, as organisers seek to promote Linden as a tourist destination.The 10 days of activities will also be marked by local exhibitions, village day showcases, and numerous entertainment activities.last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton to start 5th at US Grand Prix as he chases F1 title

first_imgLATEST STORIES ‘Gago’ That was the last time he’s ended the title chase with a victory. His 2017 and 2018 championships were secured in Mexico City despite running some of his poorest races of those seasons, and didn’t finish on the podium either time.After winning last week in Mexico City, Hamilton said he’d like to clinch this year’s title with a win. The Texas track seemed the ideal place to do that considering Hamilton’s record there, but now he’s trying to buck a trend: No winner at the Circuit of the Americas has started from behind the front row.Hamilton seemed resigned to the unlikelihood of victory Sunday.“I’m not looking to pull out miracles tomorrow,” Hamilton said.Germany’s Michael Schumacher has the most F1 championships with seven won between 1994 and 2004. A sixth title would move Hamilton into second place by himself, breaking his tie with Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five titles in the 1950s.In front of Hamilton to the first turn Sunday will be Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Verstappen hoped to challenge for pole position but a tire lockup early in his final lap killed his chance. Leclerc put in a solid qualifying after engine trouble in Saturday’s final practice. Ferrari had put a new engine in his car for this week’s race, but it had an oil leak that caused smoke to billow out of the rear end.Ferrari put Leclerc’s old engine back in the car to avoid taking a grid penalty and he still finished ahead of Hamilton.Qualifying was all kinds of stressful for Hamilton. He nearly collided with Verstappen early in the session, an incident that could have doomed both cars had they hit each other.Verstappen said he was lining up behind Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat as the cars were getting ready to start a lap when Hamilton suddenly drove between them. Verstappen swerved and drove through the grass to regain position in front of Hamilton. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates after his victory in the Formula One Mexico Grand Prix auto race at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)AUSTIN, Texas — Lewis Hamilton’s race start at the U.S. Grand Prix will be far from ideal. His position in the season championship is still just fine.The Mercedes driver will start a distant fifth Sunday after a disappointing qualifying where teammate Valtteri Bottas grabbed the pole position with a lap record at the Circuit of the Americas.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study Hamilton has been a dominant force on the Texas track where he’s won five times since 2012, but none of those victories came from starts behind the front row.So Hamilton will be chasing Bottas for the win, but he could just settle in for a cruise to a sixth career Formula One championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Bottas has to win to extend the championship. Hamilton only needs to finish eighth or better to secure the title. He could even do it if he finishes ninth but grabs the single point awarded to the driver with the fastest lap.Hamilton hasn’t finished lower than ninth this season and was down there only once — in the rain in Germany. It was the latest dustup between the drivers.“Everybody was lining up to make space and Lewis drove by like nobody was there,” Verstappen said. “He didn’t care.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee “It was nothing to do with the car, it was just me,” Hamilton said after qualifying. “I just didn’t pull the laps out. The car had the capability to be on the front row. I just didn’t do it today. I’ll try to rectify it tomorrow.”Bottas is the only driver still mathematically alive in the championship, even if just barely. He expects Hamilton to drive to win, at least for a while.“From what I know about him, he’ll be there fighting hard. Lewis hates to lose. He wants to win like all of us do,” Bottas said. “He doesn’t need many points. He’d like to win the championship in a nice way. Obviously, I’ll try to delay that.”Bottas won his 11th career pole with a lap record of 1 minute, 32.029 seconds that beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by just 0.012 seconds.Hamilton has called the U.S. Grand Prix “good hunting ground” for him based on his past success. He race win in clinched the 2015 clinched the season championship.ADVERTISEMENT 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Dylan Ababou grateful for another opportunity ahead of Fiba 3×3 OQTlast_img read more

Imran Khan quits as NCN Director over appointment of new CEO

first_imgImran Khan has tendered his resignation as a Director of the National Communications Network (NCN) Inc over the appointment of the media entity’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lennox Cornette.Khan’s resignation was submitted to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Tuesday, the same day Cornette reported for duty.His decision to part ways with the State media company comes after a majority of the NCN Board rejected his call to rescind the appointment of Cornette, who had admitted to forging the signature of late Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Manager, Terry Holder, while he worked at that Company.NCN Board Member Imran KhanIn a statement, Khan said he could not associate his name with such an appointment.“I, therefore, am of the conviction that continuing as a Director is untenable. Regrettably, I view the decision of the Board to proceed with the appointment in light of the available information as reckless and imprudent,” he stated.Last week, Khan wrote the Prime Minister requesting the appointment of the Chairman of the NCN Board, Bish Panday be revoked over the decision to appoint Cornette.Panday then wrote to the Prime Minister and declared that Khan was unqualified to judge his competence.During an interview with Guyana Times, Panday had explained that the NCN Board of Directors unanimously agreed to Cornette’s appointment during a meeting on April 7.However, later in the evening, Khan had raised concerns regarding the appointment of Cornette.Panday explained that the “concern” was investigated, the findings were brought up for discussion and thereafter, all but one member gave approval for Cornette to be appointed the new NCN CEO.“One objected and the others agreed; I can’t go with the one that objected. He objected after the event, he did not object before the man was appointed and if one Director objected and seven Directors said ‘yes’, I can’t go with the one who objected,” Panday explained.Notably, Khan is said to have recommended that veteran broadcast journalist Enrico Woolford be appointed as the NCN CEO.Meanwhile, Cornette is a former journalist who is now a communications consultant and preacher.He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business; a Bachelor in Social Sciences, (majoring in Mass Communications); a Diploma in Public Communication, and certificates in planning promotion from Bailbrook College, England.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Northern Ireland backed to book Euro 2016 spot

first_imgSimon Clare joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to Monday night’s Euro qualifiers.last_img

Frank Lampard labels Chelsea ‘ridiculous’ and lacking ‘real personalities’

first_img1 Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is concerned the Blues are lacking ‘real personalities’ and has described their current Premier League position as ‘ridiculous’.Under the leadership of interim manager Guus Hiddink, Chelsea have put a poor start to the season behind them.They remain in the Champions League and the FA Cup, while Saturday’s win at Southampton lifted them to 11th in England’s top flight.Former England international Lampard, however, who played more than 400 games for the club between 2001 and 2014, sees John Terry as the last of the influential characters at Stamford Bridge.He told the Mail on Sunday: “I do worry about where the real personalities of the team are. To be a big team, you have to have big personalities.“I don’t want to sound like I am harking back to the days of me and John (Terry) and Ashley Cole and Petr Cech and Didier Drogba, but I do see a team now where John is the last mainstay of that identity.“Maybe Chelsea are looking for a more beautiful way now. The club has been trying to push it down that route with the players they have recruited over the last four or five years.“The problem is if you fall in the middle, somewhere between tough and beautiful. It’s nice football at times but it’s not that nice and it’s not really winning games. It’s not beautiful, beautiful stuff.“They need to buy two or three big players. Because being 11th in the Premier League is ridiculous for Chelsea.” Frank Lampard has been left worried by Chelsea and their position in the Premier League last_img read more

UCLA, Pepperdine lead NCAA volleyball title hunt

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson No. 3 Pepperdine, which didn’t compete at UCSB, returns All-America middle blocker Andy Hein and national Freshman of the Year Jonathan Winder from last year’s NCAA titlists. Fifth-ranked Cal State Northridge, which finished third in Goleta, is led by two-time All-America middle blocker Brian Waite (Canyon High of Canyon Country), outside hitter Cary Hanson (Moorpark High) and opposite Dan Rhodes. The Matadors are seeking their fourth successive winning season. USC’s young team, with three-year starter Joao Grangeiro and freshman C.J. Schellenberg – the 2005 national Player of the Year at Loyola High of Los Angeles – seeks to end a run of four 11th-place finishes in the 12-team Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. No. 2 has too much: Third-ranked UCLA started its women’s gymnastics season with a victory in the six-team Aloha Gymfest in Hawaii, but the Bruins fell in Saturday’s showdown with No. 2 Utah at Pauley Pavilion. The Utes, who trailed after each of the first three rotations, rallied at the end for a 194.875-193.850 triumph. UCLA’s Kate Richardson won the all-around (39.275) and on the vault (9.9), bars (9.95) and beam (9.95). She won the all-around, vault and floor titles in Hawaii. The Bruins hope to build on a productive fall. “We spent 17 days traveling in Italy this fall,” said Al Scates, who has won 1,109 matches in 43 seasons as UCLA coach, “and the team came together quite well.” UCLA seeks its record 19th NCAA title and Pepperdine looks for back-to-back crowns as the college men’s volleyball season began in earnest last weekend. The second-ranked Bruins, led by quick hitter Nick Scheftic and outside hitter Paul George (Chatsworth High), reached the final of UC Santa Barbara’s 42nd Elephant Bar Invitational, falling to top-ranked Long Beach State in four games. center_img Going pro: Cal State Northridge forward Willie Sims and UCLA defender Marvell Wynne will forgo their junior men’s soccer seasons to play this year in Major League Soccer. Both have signed “Generation adidas” contracts – given to top underclassmen – and will participate in this weekend’s MLS Combine at Home Depot Center in Carson. Wynne, who had several European suitors, is considered the likely No. 1 selection in the Jan. 20 MLS SuperDraft. Chivas USA possesses the top pick. Awards: Three-time Pepperdine All-American Michael Putnam received the Byron Nelson Award, annually given to the nation’s top graduating student-golfer. Scott French, (818) 713-3627 scott.french@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Election loser vows to block rival’s takeover

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexico’s leftist presidential candidate threatened to disrupt the swearing in of his ruling party rival Saturday, a day after lawmakers blocked the outgoing president from delivering his State of the Nation speech to Congress in an escalating crisis over the July 2 election. Leftist legislators yelling for a recount of votes surrounded the congressional podium Friday, leaving President Vicente Fox, wearing his presidential sash, standing at the door of the chambers with no choice but to hand in his annual, written report and leave. Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he will never recognize a victory by ruling-party candidate Felipe Calderon and says he will declare himself as the alternative president. The bold move by leftist lawmakers Friday caused concern about whether the election dispute was spiraling out of control and threatening Mexico’s still-fragile democracy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesIt also raised the question of whether the next president can rule effectively after Fox’s administration has tolerated Lopez Obrador’s blocking one of the capital’s major streets for weeks and keeping the president from speaking to lawmakers. Lopez Obrador’s campaign spokesman, Jesus Ortega, said Saturday that the candidate’s supporters will stop Calderon from being sworn in Dec. 1. He spoke in an interview with Mexican radio station Formato 21. With the Federal Electoral Tribunal likely to declare Calderon president-elect this week, the battle is expected to intensify between Fox, who has been reluctant to intervene in the growing national strife, and Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to govern Mexico from the streets. Lopez Obrador, who claims fraud and dirty tricks robbed him of the presidency July 2, has called supporters to a mass meeting to plot strategy Sept. 16 in Mexico City’s central plaza – the same day and place Mexico’s army stages an annual parade. So far, the president has kept at arm’s length from the crisis even as thousands of Lopez Obrador supporters have filled the capital’s financial and historic districts with sprawling tent cities. Fox also has done little to halt chaos in the provincial capital of Oaxaca, where a teachers strike had developed into a sometimes-violent rebellion against a state governor. Friday’s protest marked the first time in modern history that a Mexican president has not given his yearly address in person to the Congress. Fox was forced to air a recorded speech on national television that touted his government’s accomplishments, while skirting a direct mention of the country’s worst political crisis in modern history. It cut to video of smiling schoolchildren and other cheerful scenes. The cancellation of his last State of the Nation speech as leftist lawmakers stood in the chambers holding banners calling him a traitor was a stark contrast to the mood of Fox’s historic victory in 2000, when Mexicans celebrated as proof that the country had finally become a true democracy. Political commentator Homero Aridjis said Fox may have ended 71 years of authoritarian, single-party rule – and his conservative fiscal policies have stabilized the peso – but his legacy is “leaving us with political collapse.” The former Coca-Cola manager has failed to alleviate poverty or usher in reforms he described as essential, stymied by his inability to cajole an opposition-dominated legislature. But his biggest challenge has come at the end of his six-year term. How he handles the deepening crisis in his final three months in office will be crucial to the fate of the country’s democracy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

My goal at Burnley gave me more confidence, says Liverpool forward Sadio Mane

first_img The Senegal international made an instant impact for Liverpool after signing in the 2016 summer transfer window 1 Liverpool forward Sadio Mane admits he has been given a confidence boost by his stunning strike at Burnley.The Senegal international smashed home with his weaker left foot for only his second Premier League goal since August.Mane was Liverpool’s stand-out performer last season with 13 goals, one behind top scorer Philippe Coutinho despite missing a month at the African Nations Cup and having his season ended on April 1 by a knee injury.This campaign, which has been disrupted by suspension and a hamstring problem, he has been outshone by summer signing Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho.He has appeared lacking in confidence in recent weeks but his goal at Turf Moor showed none of that and it has given the 25-year-old a much-needed lift.“It was important for myself and the team,” he told Press Association Sport.“I am trying to give my best to help the team. At the moment it is not easy, it was very difficult.“I think it pushed me up to get more confidence to help the team.”Although there has been a perception of Mane struggling this season, his statistics are not that different.He now has eight goals in 24 appearances, three of which have come in the Champions League. Last season he had nine in 21 games.Mane also scored in the first game of 2017, a 2-2 draw at Sunderland, before departing for the African Nations Cup.That coincided with a slump in Liverpool’s form which saw them win just once – an FA Cup replay against League Two Plymouth – in nine matches.Mane will head to Africa again on Thursday but this time it will be a whistle-stop trip as he and Salah are on the short list for the Confederation of African Football’s Player of the Year award.Liverpool have chartered a private jet to fly the pair to Ghana and back so Mane, at least – Salah is currently injured – has a chance of playing in the FA Cup third round tie at home to Everton on Friday evening.That game could see the debut of £75million new signing Virgil van Dijk, whom Mane knows well having played with him at Southampton.“I think he will be big for us and will help us. He is a great player. I think he will help the team,” said the Senegal international.last_img read more

Griffiths: Injury woe behind me after specialist visit

first_imgAfter undergoing intensive rehabilitation work, the forward hopes to spend less time in the treatment room going forward.He said: “I’m feeling really good, it’s been a difficult couple of months for me but my fitness has came right back.“I need a run of games to get back to my best but the only way I do that is by working hard in training and catching the manager’s eye.“It’s going to be difficult, since I’ve been out Moussa and Odsonne have been doing really well but when I get the chance I need to take it. “Celtic were very accommodating in letting me go to see this guy, it’s went really well and hopefully I’ve found the cause of the problem and it’s behind me.He added: “It’s both calves, after the assessment he identified where the problem was coming from so that’s what we worked on.“I’ve got a tear in my calf muscle but the problem wasn’t coming from there, it was coming from my hips.“My glutes are that tight that my hamstrings and calves were doing double the workload they should have been.“That was the be all and end all. It’s a huge relief and a weight off my shoulders, I can just concentrate on my football now.”Griffiths missed Alex McLeish’s first two games back as Scotland boss as he rebuilt his fitness.The talisman of the Scots’ last qualifying campaign insists he is desperate to be involved in the upcoming friendlies in Mexico and Peru, and envisages Brendan Rodgers will have no problem with it.He added: “You always want to be involved in internationals, there is another couple of good friendlies at the end of the season that I’m trying to be involved in. “Definitely, they are exciting games. Pulling on the national jersey means everything to me.“I don’t see why it would be a problem, I’ve missed a lot of game time but the friendlies at the end of the season will be competitive and can stand me in good stead going into pre-season. Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths believes his injury nightmare is behind him after visiting a specialist down south and says he’s ready to star for club and country in the coming months.The 27-year-old ended a two-month stint on the sidelines when he returned to action for the Hoops as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Ross County.A persistent issue with his calves flared during Celtic’s January win over Griffiths’ former club Hibs, leaving the Scotland international to look far and wide for a solution to his ongoing fitness problems.Celtic granted Griffiths permission to visit a specialist in London and Manchester as he looked to uncover the cause of his ongoing calf pain.last_img read more