NJISANE PHILLIP continued his good form to win Endurance event and finish as runner-up in the Keirin Cup Valley Preferred Cycling Centre, Pennsylvania on Friday.

The sprint phenom held off top opposition to win the elimination race. He extended his impressive form to take the silver in the Keirin Cup with Matt Baranoski becoming the youngest rider to win the event. Canadian rider Joseph Veloce was third and New Zealand’s World Cup champion, Simon Van Velthooven was fourth.

The Women’s Keirin was evenly contested between hometown favourite Dana Feiss and Italian sprint sensation Elisa Frisoni. Two weeks ago, Phillip won the World Series of Bicycling US Sprint Grand Prix held at the same venue.


NATIONAL 200M champion Richard Thompson is set to showdown with World and Olympic sprint double champ Usain Bolt in the Men’s half-lap event at the DN Galan Diamond League meeting in Sweden tomorrow. Thompson, the Olympic 100m silver medallist, is running the 200m for the first time this season and has a personal best of 20.18.

Unsurprisingly, Bolt will be the favourite to take the gold medal having registered a blistering 19.86 earlier this year.

Although well below his personal best time of 19.19 set at the World Championships in 2009, the Jamaican sprint sensation is expected to have no trouble dominating his peers.

The field includes a bevy of Jamaicans - Marvin Anderson, Nickel Ashmeade and Ainsley Waugh.

Meanwhile, local sprint queen Kelly-Ann Baptiste will be in action in a star- studded Women’s 100m event. Baptiste will come up against the likes of USA’s Carmelita Jeter (two-time World Athletics gold medallist), Bahamian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Olympic relay gold medallist) and Jamaican Kerron Stewart (2009) Olympic relay champion). Baptiste has been in excellent form this season, dipping below the 11 seconds barrier with a sublime 10.91 performance.

Jeter is the class of the field with a personal best of 10.64 seconds which she came close to equalling with a 10.70 seconds sprint this season.

Ferguson-McKenzie (11.09SB) and Stewart (10.87SB) are expected to challenge for honours as well.

World Championships bronze medallist Renny Quow is in the provisional list for the men’s 400m event as well. 2011 CAC shot putt champion Cleopatra Borel-Brown is in the provisional list for the Swedish Diamond League stop too.


By: Andrew Gioannetti

Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Limited and the T&T Olympic Committee (T&TOC) have engaged in a $600,000 four year Olympic Patrnership, exactly one year prior to the commencement of the 2012 London Olympic Games. The merger of the financial institution and the T&TOC was formally announced at a media launch held at the Scotiabank Hospitality Suite, Queen’s Park Oval, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. The function was attended by Managing Director of Scotiabank T&T Limited, Richard Young; President of the T&TOC, Larry Romany; T&TOC Secretary General, Brian Lewis; T&T sprinter Emmanuel Callender, Driselle Ramjohn, Manager, Public & Corporate Affairs for Scotiabank T&T; among others. According to Young, the initiative to join in partnership with the T&TOC, is another way in which the institution shared support through its programmes in sport and by other means. “It is really a strategic partnership which will allow the bank to lend support to local athletes who will be representing T&T at the upcoming Olympics.

He, however, continued saying: “While we support competitive athletes, the partnership was fundamentally born out of a common objective that the T&TOC have and one that we (Scotiabank) have in a foundation, the Scotia Bright Future Programme, and that really centres around what we started four years ago, to promote young people  so that they can have a brighter future.” In response, head of the T&TOC, Romany in his address lauded Scotiabank’s initiatives and indicated that the bank has been the ideal partner in terms of standards and values which are shown in initiatives. “The T&TOC within the last 16 years have set out to select a partner. I use that word because that is exactly what we have done. The T&TOC does not have a lot of social partners and that is because we actually go out and select partners that have the same values that we have... that want the same thing.” On the topic of sponsorship of the sporting committees and local athletes, Romany noted that despite medal earning performances by T&T athletes within the past few Olympic Games, from resources available, T&T should have the standard of medal winning athletes more on par of the likes of Jamaica, which he said, has possibly a very limited budget allocated for sport, perhaps in comparison to the number of medal winning athletes that the country produces. “One of the things that you would notice is that compared to Jamaica, we are still not at the level of medal winning capacity, and one would think that there are proportional rate of resources to medals.”

He, however, continued to stress his gratitude to Scotiabank T&T, while reiterating his pleasure in partnering with an institution which has a similar track record in terms of values. “We are very happy today to have this partnership with Scotiabank. We think that they understand what we are about and we are convinced that they would make an excellent partner. Their brand is strong, the Olympic brand is strong, our values are the same and we look forward to working together in all the programmes that we have in order to ensure success.”


By: Nigel Simon

T&T’s George Bovell III will get his first taste of competition at the 14th FINA World Long Course Championships at the Indoor Stadium, Oriental Sports Centre, Shanghai, China from 9 pm tonight (9am Friday China Time). The 27-year-old Bovell III, T&T’s best medal chance in China line up in heat 14 of 15 in the 50m freestyle with Sergey Fesikov (Russia), Krisztian Takacs (Hungary), Alain Bernard (France), Nathan Adrian (USA), Brent Hayden (Canada), Luca Dotta (Italy) and Matthew Targett (Australia). He was originally carded to participate in the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle as well, but he scratched those events to enhance his chances in the 50m freestyle for which he is ranked 23rd. Bovell III, who is being accompanied by his coach and Minister of Sport Anil Roberts attained an ‘A’ standard qualifying time of 22.31 seconds in the 50m freestyle. Two years ago in Rome, Italy, Bovell III broke the 50m freestyle world record of 21.69 with a sizzling 21.64 clocking in the heats. However, Brazilian Olympic and World champion, Cesar Cielo, then lowered the mark with a 21.08 time in the final.

Bovell is currently ranked as the joint 28th fastest swimmer for the year with South African Roland Schoeman in 22.31 seconds established at the Paris Open last month. Also in action today for T&T will be Joshua Mc Leod, in  the men’s 100m butterfly, in heat four of nine. On Sunday’s first day of swimming, Mc Leod was fifth in heat four of seven in the men’s 50 metres butterfly, but 29th overall. Competing from lane eight, the 21-year-old Mc Leod touched the wall in 24.41 seconds, just short of his personal best of 24.37 which he achieved at the National Age Group Long Course Championships in June. The winner of the heat was Slovenia’s Peter Mankoc (24.01) followed by Lazuka (24.14), Italian Marco Belotti (24.19) and Canada’s Joseph Bartoch (24.29). Tomorrow, this country’s other competitor in China, Cherelle Thompson, will compete in heat eight of the 50m freestyle


National Under 23 head coach Angus Eve says the secret behind his team being able to score the required four goals against Dominica in their final first round Olympic qualifier  against Dominica was maintaining composure before a packed home crowd at Windsor Park on Saturday night. T&T went into the break ahead 1-0 on a Cameron Roget, still three goals short of their mark after Curacao had defeated Grenada 2-0 in their earlier encounter. T&T persisted and were rewarded with goals by Trevin Caesar (71st and 83rd minutes) and Marcus Joseph in the 80th. As to what happened in the dressing room at half time, Eve said: “I just tried to keep the guys very relaxed. I told them it’s not like cricket where we can score all four at one time. We had to take our chances but one step at a time. I used Barcelona as an example because they never changed their play for anybody or in any situation when they are down. They always maintain their style so I told our guys to keep moving the ball around and the chances would come and they did.”

The Team returned home on Monday night and will be given a break with the players returning to their clubs before resuming preparations for the CFU Final round in November. “This is still only the first phase we’ve completed and we have a lot of work to put in. We also have a lot of players who were left out and can now make their way into the team. We will have a no-nonsense approach for the next stage as well. I will be looking at the discipline of the guys both on and off the pitch,” Eve said. “We came out undefeated and it reflected in our defensively play. We only conceded one goal in three games and a lot of our defenders were only now making their international debut. The team spirit and fitness was excellent and the ball possession was phenomenal.

Eve has been in touch with the respective local club coaches, updating them on the performance of their players and also making recommendations for their continuous training programmes. He added that some Cuban officials extended an invitation for T&T to engage in a training camp in Cuba prior to the next round but he was forced to decline due to the fact that T&T will face the Cubans in the next phase.
T&T ended the round with  a plus-5 goal difference to Curacao, which had a plus-4. Grenada finished third with three points, ahead of Dominica which lost all three games by a combined 8-0. T&T will now join Group C winner Cuba and Group D winner St Kitts/Nevis and the winners of Group A in a final group, from which two will qualify for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying finals next year in the United States.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee(TTOC) will mark the occasion of one year to go to the LONDON 2012 Olympic Games tomorrow with a full schedule of engagements .The London 2012 website will carry a message voiced by local cyclist Nijisane Phillip  on behalf of T&T .

TTOC president Michael Romany will deliver a one year to go message at the Olympic Youth camp at 9.30am. The camp is into its final week at the Joao Havelange Centre Excellence, Macoya, Trincity.

Following his Olympic Youth Camp appearance Romany will then head to the Scotiabank Hospitality Suite at the Queen's Park Oval for an  Olympic Partnership Media Launch at 1pm.

Later in the evening the British High Commission and the TTOC will host  a celebration of the transformational power of sport in partnership with International Inspiration and Sport for Life.

"London 2012 is going to be huge in more ways than one. Next year will be our 50th anniversary of Independence. Our first ever participation at an Olympic Games was in London 1948. Rodney Wilkes won our first ever Olympic medal at the 1948 games. London has very special memories and significance  in our Olympic history." said Romany


Fifa has given Caribbean football officials 48 hours to explain their part in a meeting with ex-presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Football's governing body stated that "any person who has information" but does not comply with its corruption investigation will face sanctions.That could include the same life ban given to Bin Hammam on Saturday.
He was found guilty of trying to buy votes from Caribbean Football Union members in a bid to be Fifa president.
The Qatari said he will appeal against the ruling, which stated there was "comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming" proof that bribes had been paid to officials to support Bin Hammam's campaign for the Fifa presidency
Fifa said in a statement: "Fifa has sent a letter on 25 July to all CFU associations, asking the associations, their presidents, and any of their members with knowledge of anything that transpired during the meetings held on 10 and 11 May in Trinidad and Tobago, to provide and report all relevant information in their possession within 48 hours.

•    18 March 2011 - Bin Hammam announces Fifa presidency campaign
•    25 May - Fifa announces it is to investigate four officials - including Bin Hammam and vice-president Jack Warner - following bribery allegations
•    27 May - Bin Hammam suggests Blatter knew about alleged bribery payments, and there is a conspiracy to stop his campaign
•    29 May - Bin Hammam withdraws his candidacy but vows to clear his name over allegations. Fifa suspends Bin Hammam and Warner from all football-related activity and opens full investigation
•    1 June - Blatter re-elected as Fifa president
•    20 June - Warner resigns from posts in international football, therefore avoiding investigation
•    23 July - Fifa bans Bin Hammam from football-related activity for life

"Truthful and complete reporting will be considered in mitigation by the ethics committee when deciding on potential sanctions.
"Any person who has relevant information but does not come forward during this 48-hour period will be subject to the full range of sanctions.
"Following this 48-hour period, the ethics committee will be asked to open the necessary ethics proceedings."
Cuba was the only one of the 25 Caribbean Football Union associations which did not attend the meeting on 10 and 11 May, where Bin Hammam was speaking about his campaign to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.
Officials from nine associations told investigators last month they were given or offered cash gifts. The other 15 denied receiving any cash gifts or refused to meet investigators.
Four associations did not respond to invitations to meet investigators - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Montserrat.
A further 11 associations did send officials to meet investigators but denied receiving cash gifts.
They were: Barbados, Guyana, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and United States Virgin Islands.
Former Asian Football Confederation chief Bin Hammam was the most senior official to be banned by Fifa in its 107-year history, but told the BBC on Sunday: "Let me make this clear - I have never paid money for votes in all my life."
The 62-year-old intends to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.


By: Clayton Clarke

Ayanna Alexander followed up her Central American and Caribbean (AC) Championships triple jump gold medal performance with a national record on the second and final day at the 2011 Hampton Games at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on the weekend. Alexander shrugged off the challenges of competing alone and thrilled the fans with a new national outdoor mark of 13.98 m (+0.8) with her first jump to improve the standard of 13.96 metres she set at the 2009 National Championships.

The 2010 Commonwealth silver medallist then showed great consistency with three leaps 13.90m or better (13.98, 13.71, 13.93, 13.94, 13.90 and 13.68). All her jumps were better than her previous 2011 best distance of 13.60, set in Texas in April.  Jeminise Parris was another top performer of the meet racing to three gold medals. The Memphis Pioneers lass took the girls under-15 200m dash in 26.03, ahead of Jada Barker (Cougars) 26.11 and Gabrielle Tobierres (Pace Setters-St Lucia) 26.91 in a repeat of the 100m finals held on Saturday.

Parris also took the 400m in 58.95. The triple triumph is the third for the 2011 Carifta competitor after her performances at the National Secondary Schools Championships in March and the Juvenile Champs in June. Adell Colthrust raced another impressive sprint double. The Southern Athletics youngster completed the half lap race in 25.86 to add to the 100m crown.

Memphis Kadeem did the boys under-15 100/200 double (11.55/23.52). Jamaican Zara Northover won the women’s shot put (16.05m) while her compatriot Yanique Levy leaped to victory in the women’s long jump (6.11m). Ashley Roberts (Track and Field Academy-Barbados) took the women’s high jump (1.45m).  Sharisse Downey (Burnley) claimed the women’s discus gold (36.25m).

Eastonians Nicholas Blackford emerged champion in the men’s Javelin (42.74m), Dover Herbert striking gold in the men’s long jump (7.30m, +3.0) ahead of Damion La Pompe (Western Jets), 6.77m. The pair traded places in the triple jump with La Pompe taking the gold with 14.55m with Herbert settling for second (14.13m).


Trinidad and Tobago athletes capped off the 2011 Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships with a silver medal performance in the men’s 4x400m finals.

At the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida , USA, the quartet of Jareem Richards, Machel Cedenio, Moriba Morain and Deon Lendore clocked 3:13:27 to finish behind the host USA (3:08:20) and ahead of Bahamas (3:14:96).  

The national athletes ended the three day meet with two golds and two silver medals. Hosts USA dominated the championships with 26 gold, 21 silver and 12 bronze medals  to finish ahead of Jamaica, Bahamas, Brazil and Colombia.

T&T Medal Winners

GOLD: Michelle –Lee Ahye(Concorde): Women’s 100m-11.25; Elton Walcott(Unattached): Men’s Triple Jump-16.51.

SILVER: Deon Lendore (Abilene Wildcats): Men’s 400m- 46.50; Kai Selvon (AirBon Sonics):

Women’s 200m-22.97; 4x400(Morain, Richards, Cedenio, Lendore)-3:13:27


By: Brian Lewis

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) along with 204 other NOCs, Olympic partners and stakeholders will join hearts, thoughts, minds and arms across oceans to acknowledge 365 days to go before the opening ceremony of London 2012. When Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin, established the modern Olympic Movement in 1894 his intention was to celebrate the ancient Greek ideals at the heart of Olympism by blending sport with culture and education. He believed that the Olympic movement should be an educational movement for young people worldwide and that modern Olympism can contribute to the balanced development of people and help build a peaceful world that places a high value on human dignity.

If he were alive today one can only wonder what his thoughts would be-happy and celebratory? Would he acclaim as a success the activity of the Olympic movement symbolised by the five interlaced rings that cover the five continents? Norway mourns the brutal killing of near one hundred innocent victims of an act of hate perpetrated by a fellow citizen. Here at home over two hundred victims of crime, the classification is not as important, as their death, are a stark reminder that the concept of a peaceful world is far from a reality.

These days the true measure of what the Olympics, the Olympic Movement and Olympism is really about is  overshadowed by the high profile architects of bribery and corruption, who dominate and control world sport.

There is serious debate taking place among sports administrators about the fairness of kangaroo justice even as young people here and around the world are sentenced to death in the kangaroo courts of hate and crime. The ancient Greeks considered sport to be vital for social harmony, understanding and peace. In their society sport was an integral part of general education and seen as vital to developing in its young people proper physical and mental balance.

Sport stood on an equal footing with art, philosophy and music as these disciplines formed what the ancient Greeks espoused were the building blocks for the harmonious development of the body, character and mind.

Coubertin believed with his heart and soul that the ancient Greeks provided a model on which to base a modern Olympic movement and Olympic Games.

When asked why he decided to revive the Olympic Games and establish the Olympic Movement Coubertin is said to have responded: “To enable and strengthen sports, to ensure their independence and duration, and thus to enable them better to fulfill the educational role incumbent upon them in the modern world.”

The core values of Olympism appear to have lost their meaning in the contemporary world that places tremendous emphasis on materialistic benefits.

Along the continuum of life, commercialism and growth of the Olympic Games is near immeasurable but one would hope that the founding principles are the common thread.

Olympism is not just a philosophy but a lifestyle. Violence, corruption and bribery are contradictory to the Olympic concepts, principles and values. Are tomorrow’s   celebrations emboldened by Coubertin’s words: “The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight, the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.” They should be because to some the battle seems lost—Coubertin is long gone and so to his dream. Olympic sceptics will not enjoy the hype and hullabaloo surrounding tomorrow’s London 2012 one year to go celebrations.

On the other hand those who still believe in the fundamental principles of Olympism understand that where there is life there is hope. Tomorrow’s celebration presents another opportunity to promote Olympic principles and values. The message must be clear and simple to understand—The enduring appeal of sport, play and the Olympic Games will outlive us mere mortals, our human quibbles and shortcomings and weaknesses.

Brian Lewis is the Honorary Secretary General of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee http // The views expressed are not necessarily those of the TTOC.

After banishing Mohamed bin Hammam for life in a bribery scandal, FIFA was challenged Monday to uphold its zero-tolerance fight against corruption by launching a deeper probe into a now-infamous meeting in Trinidad.
A wider probe must examine three more members of FIFA's executive committee who accompanied the Qatari official on his presidential campaign visit and all the Caribbean football leaders allegedly receiving his $40,000 cash gifts, the Transparency International global watchdog said.
A request by FIFA's ethics panel chairman for new investigations to be launched will keep the focus on corruption this week as Sepp Blatter and his world football family gathers in Brazil to launch its marquee, moneymaking event at the 2014 World Cup qualifying draw on Saturday.
Adding to the governing body's unease, bin Hammam's reiterated pledge Monday to fight his life ban through all available legal channels in Switzerland could mean FIFA and Qatar being tainted by corruption claims for at least 18 months - despite the controversial 2022 World Cup host working hard to quash unproven allegations that it won the hosting rights by unethical means.
First, top FIFA administrator Jerome Valcke must decide how deep and wide to delve into the most serious scandal in its 107-year history.
"Everything has to be investigated," TI sports adviser Sylvia Schenk told The Associated Press. "Regarding this meeting there (in Trinidad), regarding other members of the executive committee having taken part in this meeting, and regarding all the delegates.
"If bin Hammam is punished for giving money, someone has to be punished for taking money. It can't be otherwise."
Bin Hammam's allies on FIFA's 24-man ruling panel - Worawi Makudi of Thailand, Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka and Egypt's Hany Abou Rida - accompanied him on a trip to woo Caribbean voters.
FIFA's code of ethics code requires that "officials shall report any evidence of violations of conduct to the FIFA secretary general," but all three told FIFA investigators that they saw no evidence of wrongdoing in Trinidad.
Up to 15 Caribbean Football Union member countries are under suspicion of accepting $40,000 bribes to back bin Hamman's challenge to FIFA president Blatter, then denying it happened.
Ethics panel chairman Petrus Damaseb said on Saturday he'd asked Valcke to open other cases.
"In the light of the evidence disclosed in the investigation and the hearings, the ethics committee decided to ask the secretary general to request a further investigation into the conduct of others who attended the meeting of 10 and 11 May in Trinidad and whose conduct justifies further investigation," said Damaseb, a judge from Namibia.
Schenk said Damaseb's lack of authority to take up cases was a flaw in FIFA's process.
"They are not really independent, even if as a person they do their best. That's something that has to be changed in the future," she said.
Evidence presented to Damaseb's five-man panel which convicted bin Hammam included statements from witnesses representing nine CFU members.
The whistleblowers' testimony could lead to lengthy bans for their Caribbean colleagues, some of whom rejected offers to meet with FIFA's investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
Montserrat football president Vincent Cassell told The AP that scheduled interviews with Freeh in the Bahamas clashed with the opening 2014 World Cup qualifier against Belize - ironically, played in neutral Trinidad.
"We had to make a choice. We weren't involved in whatever they are talking about," Cassell said of the bribery allegations, "so we didn't see it as a priority. Montserrat is a very small fry in the world of football. I didn't think they would see us as important."
Bin Hammam, the Asian Football Confederation president since 2002, is the most senior football official to be found guilty of corruption.
He wrote to his ``dear brother'' member nation presidents on Monday asking for understanding why he wouldn't resign as AFC leader, or his 15-year grip on a FIFA executive seat, in order to clear his name.
"I have all the right to fight against this shameful decision," wrote bin Hammam, who can challenge FIFA at its appeals committee, the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the Swiss Federal Tribunal.
Bin Hammam's downfall as a FIFA powerbroker has been sudden and sharp since helping his native Qatar's shock victory, ultimately over the United States, to be voted 2022 World Cup host last December.
Qatari football leaders have refused to comment on bin Hammam's troubles.
For FIFA and Blatter, the blight on his former election rival's personal reputation has not yet damaged the emirate's 2022 project, despite calls by executive committee newcomer Theo Zwanziger of Germany to re-examine how the bid won.
FIFA has said it requires fresh evidence of wrongdoing before casting any doubt on Qatar.
One line of attack for Qatar's critics was closed this month when claims that FIFA voters, including African football president Issa Hayatou, were paid $1.5 million were suddenly withdrawn by whistleblower Phaedra Almajid.
Claiming she was neither coerced not paid to surrendered her anonymity, Almajid identified herself as an embittered former bid spokeswoman who wanted to harm her one-time employer.
Hayatou is still under suspicion of taking unethical payments, as the International Olympic Committee probes a British report into kickbacks allegedly paid by FIFA's former marketing agency partner in the 1990s.
The BBC's Panorama program also alleged that Hayatou's fellow IOC member, Joao Havelange, who was Blatter's 95-year-old predecessor as FIFA president, took a $1 million payment.
FIFA has refused to investigate that case, which was the subject of a Swiss criminal trial in 2008 involving six marketing agency executives.
As FIFA is linked to a lengthening list of scandals, Schenk believes the football body needs to call in a global legal firm for a forensic examination.
"You will never get peace within FIFA if you don't have an independent investigation," said Schenk, a German former Olympic runner and one-time board member of the International Cycling Union.
"The problem for FIFA is that they have to start changing the culture. The problems haven't been finished just by punishing bin Hammam."


By: Jonathan Ramnanansingh

SECRETARY OF the Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), Jacqui Castillo congratulated the new 2011 National Open Tennis Championship Singles winners on their stellar performances at the recently concluded tournament.

Castillo, who was also involved in the annual competition, praised all the winners of the respective categories. Even though both top singles seeds in the male and female categories, Yohannsey Williams and Carlista Mohammed were eliminated, Castillo agreed that this showed great emerging talent in TT tennis.

“I would like to personally congratulate Dawoud Kabli and Lee-Anne Lingo and all other winners of title matches. This is good for the sport and shows that we have upcoming talent in Trinidad and Tobago who can rise to the occasion,” said Castillo yesterday.

She added that the results of this year’s tournament proved it was an unpredictable and evenly contested competition. Castillo also expressed her satisfaction with the attitude and general behaviour of the local players.

“Everyone thought it was easy to predict the winners of divisions. The results show that there were no expected and pre-determined winners. However, we have new champions this year and it goes to show that the standard of tennis has been raised in Trinidad and Tobago. We are happy with the results,” revealed Castillo.

She explained that the critical change of venue for the tournament was a great beneficiary for the players and spectators alike.

The competition was forced to move to the Country Club courts, Maraval due to the high rent prices for the use of the Eddie Taylor Public courts, St Clair, by the Port-of-Spain City Corporation.

Castillo explained that spectators were privileged to have a better view of all the courts at the Country Club and this was a major advantage.

“There was some scepticism early on about the move to Country Club. However, we cancelled all doubts and held a great and successful tournament. We got good feedback from a lot of people and we know that we’ve prevailed successfully. They were especially happy about the clear viewing of the courts,” added the TATT secretary.

Castillo revealed that there were no incidents at the venue and was pleased to have a safe tournament.

“There were no complaints from anyone about this year’s competition. The advantages at Country Club have more than out-weighed the disadvantages. We’re glad that the entire event was incident-free,” stated Castillo.

The TATT secretary added that she would like to see more female players enter the local circuit and participate in tournaments.

Castillo felt that Lee-Anne Lingo has set the bar to a new level and hopes her victory influences and motivates more younger females to join the tennis discipline.

Castillo concluded, “We’re hoping to have a National Inter-club Tournament later down in the year. Currently some of our younger players are preparing for the JITIC tournament and we’re expecting some good performances.”


ELTON WALCOTT captured gold in the men triple jump event on Saturday evening, as the Pan American Junior Track and Field Championships continued at the Ansin Sports Complex, Miramar, Florida, United States.

And Kai Selvon took silver in the women 200m, as Trinidad and Tobago ended the penultimate day of the three-day meet with four medals — two gold and two silver.

Walcott, who won the triple jump at this year’s CARIFTA Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica, took gold with his fourth effort of 16.51 metres, ahead of United States’ Phillip Young (16.01m) and Latario Minns-Collie of the Bahamas (15.93m).

In the women half-lap, the 19-year-old Selvon set a personal best time of 22.97 seconds but she was unable to get the better of CARIFTA champ Anthonique Strachan of the Bahamas.

Strachan smashed the previous meet time of 22.93 by American Shalonda Solomon eight years ago when she clocked 22.70.

Ironically, on Saturday, Selvon had the same clocking as another American Jessica Davis, but Selvon was adjudged as the runner-up after a photo finish.

Moriba Morain placed fourth in the men 200m, with a time of 21.15, behind highly-rated Grenadian Kirani James (20.53) and the American pair of Sean McLean (20.69) and Edward Hadnot (20.82).

Kernesha Spann booked a place in last evening’s final of the women 400m hurdles. The 17-year-old CARIFTA bronze medallist finished fourth in heat one (of two heats) yesterday morning with a time of one minute 0.56 seconds, trailing Deborah Rodriguez of Uruguay (1:00.08), Kelsey Balkwill of Canada (1:00.43) and Tia Gamble of the United States (1:00.54). But Spann would have had to work extra hard to earn a medal, as she registered the seventh fastest time among the finalists.

Trinidad and Tobago were also due to feature in the meet’s final event, the men 4x400m relay, last evening.


By: Kwame Laurence

Jehue Gordon whipped 2004 Olympic champion Felix Sanchez, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, yesterday, the 19-year-old Trinidad and Tobago athlete grabbing Hampton International Games men's 400 metres hurdles gold in an impressive 48.92 seconds.

The clocking was Gordon's fastest time this season.

In the first half of the race, Gordon, running in lane four, gained on Sanchez, in five. And by the time he came off the final turn, the reigning world junior champion was ahead of his celebrated rival by a few strides.

Gordon charged to line, finishing well ahead of Sanchez, the Dominican Republic athlete claiming silver in 49.75. US Virgin Islands athlete Leslie Murray clocked 50.19 to pick up bronze.

"It's great to come out here," Gordon told the Express, "run in front of the home crowd, and give them something to look forward to. I just needed to come out here and execute my race."

Gordon, who finished fourth at the 2009 World Championships, is looking forward to the 2011 edition of the event, in Daegu, Korea.

"It's just to continue training hard, and expect the unexpected."

Brendan Christian struck gold in yesterday's men's invitational 200m event.

Running in section two, the Antiguan had a big lead coming off the bend. T&T's Rondel Sorrillo closed the gap on the straight, but ran out of track, Christian winning the race in 20.73 seconds. Sorrillo was forced to settle for silver in 20.76.

American Antonio Sales finished first in section one and third overall in 20.91 seconds. Oral Thompson, who captured the 400m title on Saturday, was second to Sales and fourth overall, the Jamaican also clocking 20.91.

Puerto Rico's Carol Rodriguez won the women's 200m in 23.66 seconds.

T&T's Quincy Wilson secured silver in the men's discus with a huge 58.66 metres throw–a new national record.

Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Championship gold medallist Jason Morgan, of Jamaica, topped the field with a 60.81m effort, while third spot was copped by T&T's Richard Collingwood (40.58m).

After fouling his first throw, Wilson landed the discus 53.47m in round two. The CAC Championship bronze medallist fouled again in the third round, and then threw 52.44m in the fourth.

It was in round five, however, that Wilson unleashed the big one, the 20-year-old field athlete throwing 58.66m to improve on his own T&T standard. Thrilled with the achievement, he beat his chest and pumped his fist.

T&T's Ayanna Alexander was the lone competitor in the women's triple jump. But that didn't prevent the CAC Champs gold medallist from putting on a show for the spectators. Alexander produced her best ever outdoor jump, 13.98m. The 29-year-old athlete fell just one centimetre short of her 13.99m national record–set at an indoor meet in Virginia, USA, last year.

American Rob Novak completed the men's middle distance double when he got the better of T&T's Jamaal James in a keenly contested men's 800m event.

Novak followed up on Saturday's 1,500m triumph with two-lap victory in one minute, 48.61 seconds. James snapped up silver in 1:48.67—his best clocking this season.

James led at the bell, with Novak breathing down his neck. And as they turned for home, James held a slight advantage. Novak, though, was stronger at the end, the American edging his T&T rival into second spot.

Latavia Thomas grabbed gold in the women's 800m, the American half-miler getting home in 2:04.60. Melissa De Leon clocked 2:05.07 to secure silver.

Takecia Jameson came out on top in her women's 400m hurdles duel with T&T's Janeil Bellille, the American completing her lap of the track in 56.46 seconds. Bellille clocked 56.85 to pick up silver, ahead of another American, Landria Buckley (58.77).

Cleveland Forde was a runaway winner of the men's 5,000m, the Guyanese runner getting home in 14:52.19.

Jamaica's Yanique Levy and St Kitts and Nevis athlete Tanika Liburd finished one-two in the women's long jump. Levy jumped 6.11m and Liburd 6.03m. T&T's Seantal Brereton (5.42m) finished third.

Grenadian Damion La Pompe captured the men's triple jump title with a 14.55m effort.

Jamaica's Zara Northover threw the iron ball 16.05m to top the women's shot put field. And T&T's Nicholas Blackford triumphed in the men's javelin with a 42.74m effort.


By: Kwame Laurence

Cleopatra Borel earned silver in the women's shot put, at an international track and field meet, in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.

The Trinidad and Tobago thrower produced an 18.73 metres effort to secure the runner-up spot, behind Cuban Misleydis González (19.04m). Chile's Natalia Ducó (17.28m) finished third.

Borel has been in fine form this season, throwing 19 metres or more in three of her eight outings.

The US-based field athlete opened her 2011 campaign on May 11 with a 19.17m throw in Fortaleza, Brazil, the impressive effort earning her gold. Four days later, she was victorious in Belem, Brazil with an 18.68m effort.

In late May, Borel threw the iron ball 18.28m to finish second at an IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) World Challenge meet, in Dakar, Senegal. She followed up in early June with an 18.85m effort at the Prefontaine Classic, in Oregon, USA, the throw earning her third spot.

On July 8, at the Meeting Areva, in Paris, France, Borel produced a 19.42m heave--the second best throw of her career and her best outdoors. She finished fourth.

Last Sunday, Borel threw 19.00m to triumph at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Track and Field Championships, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. That gold was her fifth CAC Championship medal. She earned silver in 2003 and 2005, gold in 2008, and bronze in 2009.

On Thursday, just four days after her CAC success, Borel was back in action, at the Spitzen international meet, in Lucerne, Switzerland. She copped fourth spot with an 18.74m throw.

And one day later, Borel was in Barcelona, Spain, picking up silver.


By: Kwame Laurence

If you love what you do and you're still good at it, why stop?"

At age 33, Felix Sanchez is in no hurry to hang up his spikes.

The Dominican Republic athlete is the 2004 Olympic 400 metres hurdles gold medallist. He is also a double world champion in the event, winning in 2001 and successfully defending the title two years later. But Sanchez still has gas in his tank, earning silver last weekend at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Senior Track and Field Championships, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

At the CAC meet, Sanchez got home in 49.41 seconds, forcing Trinidad and Tobago's Jehue Gordon to settle for bronze in 50.10.

Nineteen-year-old Gordon will seek revenge at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, in Port of Spain, today. Sanchez and Gordon will square off in the Hampton International Games men's open and invitational 400m hurdles.

"I want a good race," Sanchez told the Sunday Express, following a training session on Friday on the brand new Crawford Stadium track. "I want to get out there and compete well against Jehue, in front of the crowd. And I want us to both break 49 seconds. We're both right there, and it will be a good time this early in the season, getting ready for the World Champs."

Gordon's best clocking in 2011 is 49.09 seconds, while Sanchez's best run is last weekend's 49.41.

Hampton International Games president Noel Hyland had said Gordon and Sanchez would clash yesterday. However, on Friday, he told the Sunday Express the decision had been changed, and the two world class hurdlers would instead do battle today.

Sanchez is looking forward to competing on the new track.

"I ran on it today (Friday). It reminds me of the track they laid down in the Felix Sanchez Stadium in Santo Domingo. It's a nice soft track, has a good bounce to it. Over time it will continue to get harder and faster. It will be interesting to see how you guys take care of it, but it should be a track that will last a long time."

Gordon, the reigning world junior champion, should also be around for many years to come.

"Jehue is a bright young talent," Sanchez declared. "He has a bright future, not only for Trinidad but for the Caribbean as well–a great representative. He's a young boy, tall, strong, fast, he has a good technique. He's still young, he's still learning. Once he learns how to get the stride pattern and be consistent, once he gets his rhythm and he figures out the race, he's going to be very dangerous."

Sanchez is the eighth fastest one-lap hurdler in history, at 47.25, a clocking he produced way back in 2003. And though he has not dived under 48 seconds since his 47.63 golden run at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Dominican remains a dangerous competitor.

"I love the sport. I love coming out and competing against the guys and proving that I can still do it. It's a constant challenge every year. The training is difficult, and the guys are getting younger and younger and faster and faster. But as long as I'm competitive and I'm enjoying what I do, I'll continue to do it.

"Hopefully, I can make it to another Olympics. It would be my fourth Olympics in London."

Sanchez said he always looks forward to competing in the Caribbean.

"It's my first time here. It reminds me a lot of other Caribbean islands. It reminds me of home. It's always good to come to the Caribbean. A lot of the competitions are in Europe, and it's such a cold atmosphere. Here, you get the warm climate, the warm people, the laid back flow, the food, the music. There's nothing like the Caribbean."


By: Kern De Freitas

Elton Walcott struck triple jump gold for Trinidad and Tobago with a 16.51-metre leap yesterday at the 2011 Pan American Junior Championships at the Ansin Sport Complex in Miramar, Florida.

The T&T athlete warmed up with an initial jump of 16.43 metres—his best legal jump— and followed it up with his golden effort 16.51m three attempts later.

His top three jumps were better than the nearest competitor, second placed Phillip Young of the US, whose best effort was 16.01m. Third was Bahamian competitor Latario Minns-Minns Collie (15.93m).

Kai Selvon scored silver for T&T in the women's 200m dash, striding to the line in a personal best 22.97 seconds. She beat Jessica Davis (22.97) of the US for second spot in a photo finish, but Anthonique Strachan (22.70) of the Bahamas took gold.

Strachan's run smashed the 22.93 Pan American Junior record set by US sprinter Shalonda Solomon in 2003.

Moriba Morain missed out on men's 200m bronze when he finished fourth in a wind assisted 21.15 clocking. He got into the final after finishing second in heat two in 21.06, also with an illegal wind. Grenadian phenom Kirani James won the event in 20.62; the US pair of heat two winner Sean McLean (20.69) and Edward Hadnot (21.03) finished second and third respectively.

Shauna Downey was tenth among 11 competitors in the women's discus throw, her best effort being 39.84 metres. That event was won by US thrower Shelbi Vaughan (53.12m).

Morain, Jereem Richards, Deon Lendore and Machel Cedenio are expected to team up for today's 4x400m relay. On Friday, Lendore earned 400m silver in a personal best 46.50 seconds, while Cedenio bowed out in the preliminary round, the T&T quarter-miler clocking 50.55 to finish sixth in his heat and 13th overall.


By: Kwame Laurence

Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Armstrong took top honours in the Hampton International Games men’s invitational 100-metre dash, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, late yesterday.

Armstrong stopped the clock at 10.13 seconds to finish first in section two and first overall.

Oshane Bailey was first in section one and second overall, the Jamaican clocking 10.18.

T&T’s Emmanuel Callender finished just behind Bailey in 10.19 to bag bronze. Another T&T sprinter, Darrel Brown was second in section two and sixth overall in 10.32.

Candace Macoon was a comfortable winner of the women’s invitational 100m, the American getting to the line in 11.18 seconds. T&T’s Ayanna Hutchinson picked up silver in 11.53, forcing another American, Jasmine Baldwin (11.60) to settle for bronze.

Earlier, Jamaica's Oral Thompson captured the men's 400m title in 45.88 seconds.

Bahamian Latoy Williams clocked 46.18 to secure the runner-up spot, while bronze was bagged by T&T's Jarrin Solomon in 46.27. Another T&T quarter-miler, Zwede Hewitt copped fourth in 46.45.

Natasha Hastings enjoyed a comfortable victory in the women's 400m, the American quarter-miler clocking 51.64 seconds to finish well ahead of silver medallist Patricia Hall (52.66), of Jamaica.

Ginnie Crawford was dominant in the women's 100m hurdles.

The American stamped her authority early in the race, powering to the front and separating herself from the field.

Crawford crossed the line in 12.91 seconds for a crushing victory. Her compatriot, Celriece Law snapped up silver in 13.46, ahead of T&T's Aleesha Barber, the bronze medallist in 13.56.

Success & Excellence runner Pilar McShine returned a time of four minutes, 25.57 seconds to triumph in the women's 1,500m event. Dawnel Collymore finished a distant second, the Memphis Pioneers athlete getting home in 4:51.34.

American Rob Novak clocked 3:56.13 to emerge victorious in the men's 1,500m. Guyana's Cleveland Forde was forced to settle for silver, in 3:57.41.

QRC's Collingwood twins finished one-two in the men's shot put. Robert grabbed gold with a 16.00 metres heave, while Richard threw 15.17m to seize silver.

Petrotrin Palo Seco's Gwendolyn Smith topped the women's javelin field with a 35.21m throw. Burnley's Sharisse Downey produced a 36.25m effort to win the women's discus.

T&T Defence Force athlete Rodney Liverpool cleared the bar at 1.85m to secure gold in the men's high jump.

And Dwaine Herbert, of Dovers, won the men's long jump with a wind-assisted 7.35m leap.

In the boys' under-17 100m, Concorde's John Mark Constantine triumphed in 10.78 seconds, edging Memphis sprinter Breon Mullings (10.79) into second spot.

Jeminise Parris scored an impressive double in the girls' under-15 category.

The Memphis runner won the 100m dash in 12.71 seconds and the 400m in 58.95.

The Games continue from 2 p.m. today, at the Crawford Stadium.

The big men's 400m hurdles showdown between 2004 Olympic gold medallist Felix Sanchez and reigning world junior champion Jehue Gordon is scheduled for 5.25.


By: Kwame Laurence

Michelle-Lee Ahye dominated her rivals at the Ansin Sports Complex, in Florida, USA, late yesterday, the Trinidad and Tobago sprinter scorching the track in 11.25 seconds to grab gold in the Pan American Junior Track and Field Championship women's 100 metres dash.
American Keilah Tyson was a distant second in 11.39. The reigning Carifta Games champion, Bahamian Anthonique Strachan clocked 11.46 to pick up bronze, while fourth spot was copped by the other American, Jenna Prandini (11.56).
Yesterday's triumph was sweet revenge for Ahye. In April, at the Carifta Games, in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the 19-year-old T&T athlete was forced to settle for silver, behind Strachan.
In the preliminary round, yesterday, Ahye clocked a wind-assisted 11.15 seconds to win heat one, advancing to the final as the fastest qualifier. Prandini was second to Ahye in 11.44. And in heat two, Tyson won in 11.46.
Deon Lendore clocked a personal best 46.50 seconds to secure silver for T&T in the men's 400m event. Ronell Mance, of the United States, struck gold in 46.14, while bronze was bagged by Brazilian Anderson Henriques in 46.69.
Earlier in the day, Lendore topped his qualifying heat in 46.86 seconds.
T&T's Jamol James finished seventh in the men's 100m final. He got to the line in a wind-aided 10.57 seconds. Marvin Bracy and Keenan Brock secured a one-two finish for the United States. Bracy won in 10.09, while Brock snapped up silver in 10.12. Canadian Aaron Brown got home in 10.25 to bag bronze.
In the qualifying round, James clocked a windy 10.44 seconds to finish second in heat two, the T&T sprinter progressing automatically to the final. Bracy won that heat in 10.28.


T&T’s Under-23 (Olympic) footballers go into their final match against hosts Dominica in Group B of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) London Olympic qualifiers tonight needing a win to have any chance of advancing to the second round. The match between, T&T and Dominica, the second of a double-header kicks off at Windsor Park Stadium, Roseau, Dominica from 7 pm. Two hours earlier, group leaders Netherlands Antilles and Grenada will face off with both teams also seeking a win. Going into today’s final round of matches, T&T and Netherlands Antilles are level on four points from two matches followed by Grenada with three points, and pointless, Dominica. However, Netherlands Antilles lead on goal-difference from T&T after both teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Thursday night while Grenada blanked Dominica 2-0.

For the young Soca Warriors, midfielder Marcus Joseph opened the scoring in the 58th minute from a Kaydion Gabriel right sided cross before Netherlands Antilles was reduced to ten men two minutes when Glenciéne Gregoria was shown a second yellow card by referee James Matthew of St Kitts/Nevis. T&T then came close to doubling its lead when captain Sheldon Bateau hit the post directly from a corner kick, however against the run of play, Netherlands Antilles stunned T&T in the 70th minute when Charles Martina got an equaliser. Netherlands Antilles was then reduced to nine men when G Poppen was issued a straight red card in the 73rd minute, but T&T could not take advantage and had to settle for a share of points, which did not go down too well with Bateau.

Speaking after the match the T&T captain said, “We should have won this game but we did not take the chances. It came down to chances in the end. After Marcus scored we should have stretched the lead.
“I thought we had more possession but the scores are even at the end of 90 minutes and we have to take a point only. This means we have everything to play for on Saturday (today) and the other game will be interesting too,” Bateau said. “We have the capability to get through this round but we need to finish better and stamp our authority in these matches,” he added. From the four-team tournament, only the winner  will advance to the second round group of qualifiers. Already Cuba has qualified for the second round four-team CFU Olympic qualifiers after topping its three-team Group C series with wins over Aruba (6-0) and Guyana (1-0) last month.

Also on Thursday, Haiti kicked off Group D with a 2-1win over Antigua and Barbuda while hosts  St Kitts & Nevis vs St Lucia. Today, St Lucia plays Haiti and St Kitts/Nevis faces Antigua and Barbuda while the group ends on Monday. The other first round group,   will see Suriname hosting Group A with Jamaica, St Vincent & The Grenadines and Cayman Islands from August 3 to 7. From the second round tourney two will qualify for the eight-team Concacaf finals next year in the USA towards qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics.

Current CFU Group B standings:
Team    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
N/Antillesuraćao    2    1    1    0    3    1    4
T&T    2    1    1    0    2    1    4
Grenada    2    1    0    1    2    1    3
Dominica    2    0    0    2    0    4    0

1.Andre Marchan (GK), 2.Aubrey David, 3.Mekeil Williams, 4.Sheldon Bateau (capt), 5.Aquil Selby, 6.Leslie Russell, 11.Sean De Silva, 14.Marcus Joseph (16.Cameron Roget 76th), 12.Jayson Joseph (7.Phillip Borde 84th), 13.Jeromie Williams (Yellow 17), 9.Trevin Caesar (17.Kaydion Gabriel 53rd).
Unused Subs: 8.Uriah Bentick, 15.Kareem Moses, 18.Zane Coker.
Coach: Angus Eve.