Women’s boxer, Chimere Taylor, missed a first ever medal for T&T among her gender at the 28th Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada yesterday when she was kayoed in her middleweight (69-75 kg) bout by Dominican Republic’s Yenebier Guillen Benitez. Fighting at the Oshawa Sports Centre, 27-year-old Taylor was trailing 30-27 on points  when she was floored by her opponent with a minute and 20 seconds left in round two of their quarterfinal, with the winner certain of a bronze medal for the least.

In taekwondo, Central American and Caribbean Games bronze medal winner in 2010 and 2014, Dorian Alexander, 31,  started well before losing to Colombian Miguel Trejos, 5-11 in their three-round battle, helped by four penalty points  at the Mississauga Sports Centre.

Alexander, who fought at the 2009, 2011 and 2013 World Taekwondo Championships and is a medical doctor by profession, won the first round 2-1, but in the second round Trejos turned up the heat and outscored his T&T opponent 8-1 to take command of the contest, 9-3, before the second round played out 2-all on points.

At the Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre, Fabien Whitfield and Daneil William secured ninth spot via their default win over Venezuelans Jackson Henriques and Jesus Villafane. On Sunday night, cyclist Njisane Phillip failed to add to his silver medal in the Match Sprint when he ended fifth in the Men’s Keirin which was contested over eighth laps at the Cisco Milton Pan Am Veledrome.

In the morning heats, Phillip was second in heat two behind Canada’s Hugo Barrette while Argentina’s Leandro Battasso earned the other qualifying spot to the final ahead of USA’s Matt Baranoski. And in the other heat, Colombian Fabian Puerto won ahead of Venezuela’s Hersony Canelon and Suriname’s Jair Tjon En Fa, while Brazil’s Flavio Cipriano was fourth and did not advance.

However, in the six-man ride off for the gold medal,  Phillip could only muster a fifth spot behind gold medal winner Puerta while Canelon took silver and Barrette, bronze. Bottasso was fourth while Tjon En Fa was sixth followed by Cipriano and Baranoski. At the Angus Glen Golf Club, the local quartet of Sachin Kumar, Talin Rajendranath, Christina Ferreira and Monifa completed tough campaigns.

Rajendranath carded rounds of 74, 78 75 and four over 74 for a total of +13 (301) and 24th, one spot above Kumar who had scores of 78, 76, 73 and 75 for a +14 (302) tally. Ferreira carded a final round of 82 (+10) to go with previous rounds of84, 85 and 79 a four-day total of 330 (+42) an 26th while Sealy ended four places higher after she shot a final round of 83 (+11)  to add to previous scores of 81, 77 and 77 for a combined 318 (+30) and joint 22nd with Bolivian Natalia Soria.

And in the Mixed Event, the T&T quartet had rounds of 155, 153, 150 and 156 for +38 for 15th. At the Chevrolet Beach Volleyball Centre, T&T’s Ayana Dyette and Malika Davidson ended in 14th spot after going under to Guatemalans, Maria Jose Orellan and Blanca Recinos, 15-21, 16-21.

Today (Tuesday), at the CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium, T&T men, beaten 4-0 by Uruguay and 5-1 by Paraguay tackle Mexico from 5.35pm while at the Pan Am Hockey Field, the national men’s team come up against the host country in their final quarterfinal from 7.30pm. So far swimmer George Bovell (50m freestyle bronze) and Phillip are the lone T&T athletes to medal at the games which steps into high gear this week with the start of the track and field events.


The Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada acted as the first Continental Qualification regatta for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.

One spot was up for grabs for the best ranked nation from North America and from South America in the Laser and Laser Radial.

The two North American nations to qualify are:

Laser - Trinidad and Tobago
Laser Radial - Aruba

The two South American nations to qualify are:
Laser - El Salvador
Laser Radial - Uruguay

Of the 46 places available on the Rio 2016 Laser start line, 34 places (including hosts Brazil) have now been snapped up. Ten more places will be awarded through a string of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2016 at the latest. The remaining two places in the Laser will be decided via the International Olympic Committee Tripartite Commission.

Twenty two Laser Radial spots out of 37 have been taken following the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships and the Pan-American Games. As hosts, Brazil automatically receives a place. The next opportunity for sailors to qualify will come at the 2015 World Championship which is set to be held in Al Mussanah, Oman at the end of November. Following the Laser Radial Worlds, the Continental Qualification Events will decide nine further spots with the remaining two decided by the IOC's Tripartite Commission.

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the IOC Qualification System Principles. Key requirements of these Principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

Click here to view the nations qualified following the Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds.

Click here to view the Rio 2016 Qualification System.

Guatemala's Juan Ignacio Maegli took gold at the Pan Am Games following a consistent week of racing. From the 13 race series, including the Medal Race, Maegli took one race victory but remained in the top five throughout with only a discarded 17 blemishing a strong run of results.

Robert Scheidt (BRA) walked away with silver whilst Canada's Lee Parkhill took bronze on his home waters.

In the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (USA) walked away with the victory, her second Pan Am gold medal following her success at the 2007 edition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Uruguay's Dolores Moreira booked her nation a spot at Rio 2016 with a silver medal. Moreira's rise has been a rapid one. From finishing ninth at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, to gold fleet racing at the 2014 ISAF Worlds where she finished 31st to securing her nation a spot at Rio 2016, Moreira will be one to watch building up to Rio 2016 and beyong.

Bronze medal in the Laser Radial went the way of Brazil's Fernanda Decnop.

Click here for Pan American Games Results


Sunday 19thh, Toronto, Canada – Trinidad and Tobago’s athletics team will go into action tomorrow at the Pan Am Games. Track and Field has long been Trinidad & Tobago’s strength at international events. This year’s Games are no different, with several of our stars such as Keshorn Walcott, Machel Cedenio, Keston Bledman, Semoy Hackett and Kelly Ann Baptiste putting in strong performances in the lead up to this event.


Coming into this year’s games Baptiste was first at the NGC-Sagicor NAAA Open Track and Field Championship in 10.84, equalling her national record and breaking the championship record. Hackett was fourth in that race. Both women will face the starter in tomorrow’s women’s 100m heats. Over on the men’s side Keston Bledman ran a scorching 9.86 at the Championships to equal his personal best. Marcus Duncan was second in 10.15, and will face the starter in tomorrow’s 100m heats as well. All four are expected to feature when relay action begins later this week.


In today’s events, the men’s beach volleyball duo of Whitfield and Williams won their 9th -10th round match against Venezuela this morning, and will end the tournament in 9th place. The women’s team ended the tournament ranked 14th. Both teams will be staying in Toronto following the games to compete in the 3rd leg of the NORCECA tour. Coming into Pan Am the men were training in San Diego courtesy TTOC and Sport Company and will continue to prepare for the next round of Olympic qualifiers following the NORCECA tour. They also plan to attend the world tour in August.  Manager David Thomas also credits the physical training that Williams and Whitfield have been doing with Caribbean Cross training for their improved fitness levels saying “their fitness levels are definitely higher. El Salvador would have beaten them for CAC and they were able to beat them here at Pan AM.”


In the ring, boxer Chimere Taylor lost her rematch against Guillen Benitez of the Dominic Republic in a technical knock out in the second round this afternoon and will not advance. Taylor got off to a good start, but was unable to match her opponents roughhousing tactics. Manager Ria Ramnarine said despite the defeat Taylor showed improvement over her last fight. In Taekwondo, 2014 CAC bronze medal holder Dorian Alexander suffered a similar fate as he lost his first found fight against Columbian Miguel Trejos in the men’s 68kg Contest.


The medal hunt for Trinidad and Tobago will continue tomorrow in the men and women’s 100m events and the men’s long jump. In field hockey, our men face Canada in the quarterfinals while the male footballers face Mexico.



Lima wants to stage as many international events as possible over the next few years to prepare for a bid to host to the Olympics and Paralympics, Peruvian Olympic Committee President José Quiñones has claimed.

The city has already been awarded the 2019 Pan American Games and been chosen to host the 130th edition of the International Olympic Committees (IOC) Session in 2017, an event that will attract worldwide attention as it is where the host for the 2024 Games is due to be chosen.

"If we host a good 2019 Pan American Games, I can suggest we will," Quiñones told insidethegames here.

"I think hosting an Olympic Games would be possible and would bring a benefit to our population and with Agenda 2020 it would be easier, particularly with many venues already in place.

"But there will be no decision until after 2019."

The next event Lima could be interested in hosting is the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) World Beach Games, which is due to launch in 2017.

Quiñones admitted, however, they will probably focus on the second, rather than the first, edition of the Games in order to avoid a clash with preparations for the 2017 IOC Session.

ANOC opened the application process last month for the inaugural event.

Earlier this year Lima relinquished its hosting rights for the 2017 SportAccord World Combat Games in response to the withdrawal of many key sports.

Taekwondo, boxing and wrestling all pulled out, while fencing, weightlifting and others were poised to follow suit as part of the backlash by International Federations against SportAccord President Marius Vizer following his controversial criticism of the IOC and its President, Thomas Bach.

Given the circumstances, Lima were in an "impossible situation", Quiñones claimed, with sponsors faced with financing a project which had been irretrievably weakened.

With Vizer since having resigned, it remains possible the Combat Games could be revived, and if it is with all the initial sports included, Quiñones confirmed that they would still be interested.

As it stands, though, no replacement President has been appointed by SportAccord and there is a desire to downscale the activity of the organisation, meaning the Combat Games appear unlikely to be resurrected.

The Beach Games, originally a project between SportAccord and ANOC but now being orchestrated solely by the latter, would be a good replacement at some stage.

"We will always be interested in projects, like Beach Games, because we want to bring more events to our country, to improve the practice of sport and to promote the Olympic values," Quiñones told insidethegames.

"So for us it is important, and also because it is good to show our country.

"Every opportunity will be studied with the Government and if it is good for the country we will bid."

Countries are currently being asked to submit interest in order to receive more detailed information in a short bidding process, which is expected to be completed at October's ANOC General Assembly in Washington D.C.

"We sent a letter one year ago [about the Beach Games], saying we are interested and I think we will send the letters in time to receive the package," Quiñones said.

"We are not so sure if we can be a good opportunity for 2017.

"It is soon and we have the IOC Session and the PASO (Pan American Sports Organization) Congress, plus all the other international events.

"Maybe we will ask for information, consider a proposal and if not, will bid for the next edition."

Quiñones added that, with Lima consisting of 150 kilometres of beaches, it would be the perfect host.

In 2012, 10 countries in South and Central America competed across 13 sports in the Bolivarian Beach Games there, while the fourth edition of the South American Beach Games is scheduled for Pimentel, 660 kilometres to the north of Lima, this December.

Last year's World Surfing Games also took place on Punta Rocas Beach within the city, while other major events building up to the 2019 Pan American Games include this year's World Junior Badminton Championships.


The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC)Good Sport Governance Code will be a Roadmap for Olympic Sport Governance in Trinidad and Tobago.
A TTOC Governance Commission to be established by TTOC President Brian Lewis will comprise of five individuals who have no known official affliation to any local Olympic Sport organisation.
Among the five individuals- four are from Trinidad and Tobago and the fifth  is well known Olympic Sport Governance expert Professor Leigh Robinson Head of Sport Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland.
The intention is to put together a Sport Governance Code that meets international benchmarks in relation to good governance.
Discussions with the proposed members of the Commission will conclude by the end of July.
The Commission will begin work on the Code in August says Lewis.
Lewis who was elected a  member of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committee  (CANOC ) Executive Board in October 2014 is also  Chairman of the CANOC International and National Olympic Committees Relations Commission will be pushing to have the Good Sport Governance Code included in the TTOC Consitution at next year's Annual General Meeting.

Fresh off his Pan American Games silver medal in the Sprint on Saturday, Trinidad and Tobago cyclist Njisane Phillip was in action again yesterday, this time reaching the Men’s Keirin final after placing second in the first round heat behind sprint gold medallist Hugo Barrette.

On Saturday, Phillip went down in straight rides to Canadian Barrette, in the match sprint final, bagging T&T’s second medal (a silver) at the Toronto games and earning a US$2,000 bonus as part of the T&T Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) medal bonus programme.

Swimmer George Bovell earned T&T’s first medal at the games, a bronze, in the 50m freestyle and also received a medal bonus of US$1,000.

Phillip was scheduled to come up against Barrette in the Keirin final late yesterday. The other finalists were Hersony Canelon Vera, Jair Tjon En Fa, Lea Bottasso and Fabian Puerta Zapata.

Meanwhile, veteran swimmer and Olympic medallist Bovell, became the first athlete to benefit from the programme. The medal bonus programme is an essential component of “TenGolds24,” the ten or more Olympic Gold medals by 2024 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund launched by the TTOC last year.

In an e-mail on Saturday, TTOC president Brian Lewis said “It is fitting that he became the first athlete to benefit from the fund launched by TTOC president Brian Lewis last year. As a four-time Olympian, Bovell is the Caribbean’s most successful swimmer, the holder of multiple world championship medals, a former world record holder and Sportsman of the year 2014. He embodies sporting excellence and the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship.”

“Few athletes have worked as hard as he has and given so much inside and outside of the pool. Most recently Bovell has partnered with Atlantic and other local organisations, to host successful several swim clinics in Trinidad and Tobago. The clinics, which were designed to enhance the technical abilities of young athletes, while providing them with strategies for use daily in training, have been hugely successful,” Lewis added.

Lewis also wished Bovell a happy birthday saying: “Bovell has already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympics, and thus has another opportunity to add precious metal to his extensive medal collection. He represents the best of us. Happy Birthday.”

In other results in Canada yesterday, the T&T women volleyball team of Malika Davidson and Ayana Dyette lost 21-15, 21-16 to Guatemala in the Women’s Beach Volleyball playoff of the 13th-14th spots.

In golf, T&T’s Christina Ferreira finished ten-over par, She was in a three-way tie for 26th place in the women’s individual competition while Monifa Sealy finish 11-over par to finish 29th after round four.

Talin Rajendranath shot two over par in the Men’s Individual competition to tie with three other players for 18th place while Sachin Kumar hit three over par to finish tied for 22nd place with two other players. Together the T&T golfers combined for a score of 156 in the mixed team event, placing them last.

Today, Chemere Taylor will hit the ring for the women’s middle weight (69 - 75kg) quarter-final bout against Yenebier Guillen Benitez. The T&T men’s beach volleyball team of Daniel Williams and Fabien Whitfield will also be in action today against Venezuela in the playoff for 9th place.