Parents of the 33-member Trinidad and Tobago swim team and the 11-member water polo team no longer have to fork out $3,000 for their participation in the 31st edition of the March 21-26 Carifta Swimming Championships in Martinique. And the Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) must reimburse those who have already paid.

FINA is reportedly planning increased drugs tests for top swimmers ahead of Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

The best swimmers in the world will face up to seven drugs tests ahead of August's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to reports.

Trinidad and Tobago’s top open water swimmer Christian Marsden splashed to his third consecutive victory in record time as he conquered the Subway Maracas Open Water Classic 5k title at Maracas Bay yesterday.

SwimmingThe English are considered the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837 swimming competitions were being held in London’s six artificial pools, these competitions were organized by the National Swimming Society in England. As the sport grew in popularity many more swimming pools were built, and when a new governing body, the Amateur Swimming Association of Great Britain, was organized in 1880, it numbered more than 300 member clubs.

In 1896, swimming became an Olympic sport for men with the 100 meters and 1500 meters freestyle competitions held in open water. Soon after, as swimming gained popularity, more freestyle events were included, followed by the backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and lastly, the individual medley.

For a variety of reasons, women were excluded from swimming in the first several Olympic Games. In 1896 and again in 1906, women could not participate because the developer of the modern games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, held firmly to the assumption, common in the Victorian era, that women were too frail to engage in competitive sports. It was only at the 1912 Games when women’s swimming made its debut at the prompting the International Olympic Committee. Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) is the international governing body for international competitive swimming. The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago is FINA’s associate in this country.

Coach Aaron Edwards, back-row centre, with members of the T&T Under-11 Boys’ and Girls; and Under-13 Boys’ teams prior to departure for the Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation Mini and Pre-Cadet Championship which serves today in Santo, Domingo.

Aaron Edwards, coach of this country’s senior team at the just concluded 62nd Caribbean Table Tennis Federation Senior Championship at the Pabexpo Coliseum, in Havana, Cuba has called for an urgent return of national training programmes.

Yuvraaj Dookram of Trinidad and Tobago. By Sherdon Pierre

The COVID-19 pandemic has postponed almost everything worldwide in recent months; table tennis enthusiasts throughout the Caribbean eagerly await the moment when they can hold a racket again.

IT’S OVER!: Jeromaine St Louis, left, and Rheann Chung, right, celebrate with their lawyer Matthew Gayle at New City Chambers in Port of Spain, yesterday, following completion of the Dexter St Louis/Rheann Chung vs Trinidad and Tobago Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) case, at the Hall of Justice. The parties agreed on a settlement.   --Photo: KWAME LAURENCE

Whether you agree with him or not, he was a fighter, fighting for his rights.”

A memorial   service   for   the   late   Dexter St Louis   will   be   held   on   Wednesday at the Mt Pisgah Spiritual  Baptist Church , John   Street, Chaguanas .   Starting   time   is   6pm.   Members   of   the   public   wishing to   pay their last respects are invited to attend.

France-based top T&T women's table tennis player, Rheann Chung earned a ticket to this summer's Pan American Games Table Tennis Tournament when she qualified on the third attempt at the Latin American Table Tennis Union and North American Table Tennis Union Qualifying Tournament for the Pan American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala, yesterday.

France-based top T&T women's ta­ble ten­nis play­er, Rheann Chung earned a tick­et to this sum­mer's Pan Amer­i­can Games Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment when she qual­i­fied on the third at­tempt at the Latin Amer­i­can Ta­ble Ten­nis Union and North Amer­i­can Ta­ble Ten­nis Union Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment for the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala, yes­ter­day.

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Dexter St Louis’ death, at 51, was as enigmatic as his life.