Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 2nd 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, January 2, 2015
Cleopatra Borel, recipient of
the T&T Olympic Committee s
(TTOC) Sportswoman of the Year
Award, has validated the ambi-
tions of the organisation s pres-
ident Brian Lewis to have this
country win ten Olympic gold
medals by 2024.
Delivering the feature address
at Monday s TTOC Awards held
at the NAPA, Borel said T&T has
won two gold medals and in order
to win an additional eight in less
than ten years, there would need
to be drastic changes.
"To reach our target, team T&T
will have to win approximately
2.66 gold medals at the 2016,
2020, and 2024 Olympic Games.
This is by no means an easy under-
taking, but it is possible. Canada,
Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Portu-
gal, Greece and Argentina, are all
established sporting nations, but
each won less than two gold
medals at the London Olympic
Games. However, I still believe it
is possible for team T&T to meet
the challenge set by Mr Lewis,"
Borel added, "It s possible! Not
easy, but possible. How can we
compete against and perform bet-
ter than countries that have bigger
budgets, better facilities and larger
populations that T&T. The answer
is quite simple. We have to put our
people first. Yes, honourable guest.
The answer is simple, but not easy."
She said there needed to be a
larger cadre of coaches and admin-
istrators, sport medicine personnel
and support staff in place to meet
the new target.
In her view, a joint effort
between volunteers and full-time
professionals in the administering
training programmes designed to
keep athletes injury free and pro-
vide other services athletes need
to succeed were essential.
Further, she said, the time was
right for coaching and other related
fields necessary for athlete devel-
opment, evolve into full time serv-
"Our coaches have to recruit.
Talent identification is key to this
endeavour and every young Trin-
bagonian should be considered a
potential medallist. Therefore, we
must develop a sporting culture
at an early age. The importance of
physical education classes and after
school sport clubs cannot be exag-
gerated. They contain our next
generation of champions. In addi-
tion, we must encourage young
girls to participate in sport and see
it as a viable career path," said
She added, "As a young girl
growing up in Mayaro, I was not
afforded the opportunity to truly
participate in track and field. It
saddens me, when I speak to young
people from rural areas and oppor-
tunities are still limited. T&T has
produced many world class athletes
from our rural areas, the time has
come for us to maximise our talent
In Borel s estimation, the next
step was for this country to target
events in which athletes could most
She said this was necessary
because it was quite challenging
for any country to sponsor athletes
in all Olympic events.
Borel made it clear, she was not
advocating for athletes to be
denied, but called on administra-
tors to be more practical and strate-
gic when it came to recognising
where the country s best chances
to medal lay.
"Exposure of athletes to target
events will be wise. More events
can be added over time as the pro-
gramme develops. Can we expect
to see greater success if we focus
on the areas where we are most
"I believe it s possible. The
fourth step is to provide the basic
needs of our athletes: healthy food,
clothing and shelter. Far too many
of our athletes are unable to meet
these basic needs. However, many
choose to work and represent
T&T," she said.
CAPE TOWN---With West Indies des-
perately needing a change in fortunes
in order to win the final Test against
South Africa starting here today, the
spotlight has fallen on the side s lower
The tourists enter the contest at New-
lands trailing 1-0 in the three-Test series
following a heavy innings and 220-run
loss at Centurion and a rain-affected draw
in Port Elizabeth earlier this week.
In the opening Test, the Windies batting
was abysmal but 22-year-old opener
Kraigg Brathwaite and seasoned cam-
paigner Marlon Samuels restored some
sense of pride in the second Test, when
they fashioned high quality hundreds.
Even then, they collapsed from 231 for
two during the second session on the
penultimate day, to 275 for nine, when
rain forced an early close.
Captain Denesh Ramdin said his team
were aware that the lower order needed
to contribute more and were focussed on
doing this over the next five days.
"Marlon Samuels and Kraigg Brath-
waite, the way they batted and the part-
nership, we re extremely happy with the
way they went about it," Ramdin told
reporters here on New Year s Day.
"The South African bowlers bowled
really well and they coped with it. We re
disappointed in the lower order that they
did not capitalise on that start. But having
said that, we improved from our first
game going into the second so hopefully
we can take from the second going into
the third. It s a new year so hopefully we
can change some things."
Ramdin is one of the culprits. He s
managed just 38 runs in three innings on
tour and 43 in his last five innings. In his
first series as skipper against New Zealand
last June, he was guilty of getting starts
but failing to carry on.
Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul
is also short of runs. He failed to score
in the tour match and has since scraped
together 32 runs from three innings in
the last two Tests.
Ramdin conceded that both he and
Chanderpaul were under the microscope
but stressed they would not be pressuring
"Our (team) confidence is building at
the moment. We had a very slow start to
the tour so hopefully we can continue to
build that momentum," he said.
"Myself and Shiv didn t get runs in the
last game but we re not going to put our-
selves under any pressure, we re just going
to continue to enjoy it, use our experience
and contribute to the team.
"He (Chanderpaul) is enjoying his crick-
et still, sharing a lot in the meetings and
around practice sessions. I m sure he
wants to get a big one come this game,
once he gets a start."
Overall, the Windies batting remains
a big problem, especially the startling
manner of their collapses. In Centurion,
they were cruising at 162 for three in their
first innings and were bowled out for 201.
In the second innings, they were on 87
for two and crashed to 131 all out.
There was no change in Port Elizabeth,
as they lost seven wickets for 44 runs
late on the fourth day to squander a posi-
tion of strength.
"We ve assessed that (collapses) and
we had a bit of a chat about it, in terms
of guys getting out and a couple wickets
falling," Ramdin explained.
"We always need someone at the crease
to guide the new batter who is coming
in and to share what s happening. It s
always difficult to move on when there
are two new batters there, it gives the
opposition an upper hand on you.
"Hopefully we can get some better
starts and our batters can go on."
Despite the prevailing problems, Ramdin
remained upbeat about the Windies
chances, noting the team planned to take
fresh guard for Newlands.
"We have some confidence from the
last game but as I said, it is a new game
so we have to start fresh. We have to
refresh our minds on their batters, where
we need to bowl at them, where we need
to create our chances and stuff like that.
It is going to be an exciting five days of
this Test match." (CMC)
WI seek change in fortune
Brian Lewis, president of the TTOC, left, with shot putter and Sportswoman of
the Year, Cleopatra Borel, and double Olympic medallist Richard Thompson at the
TTOC's end of year awards ceremony on Monday at the National Academy for
the Performing Arts (NAPA), Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Borel: T&T can win ten gold medals by 2024
Denesh Ramdin (captain), Kraigg
Brathwaite, Devon Smith, Marlon
Samuels, Leon Johnson, Shiv
Chanderpaul, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason
Holder, Jerome Taylor, Kenroy Peters,
Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel,
Chadwick Walton, Sulieman Benn.
DUBAI---Rookie West Indies opener Kraigg Brath-
waite has jumped 11 places in the International
Cricket Council batting rankings, and into the top
40 for the first time in his career.
The 22-year-old is now ranked 37th in the World,
alongside West Indies teammate Marlon Samuels
who also moved up seven spots in the latest rankings
released on Wednesday.
Their upward movement comes after both batsmen
struck hundreds in the second Test against South
Africa in Port Elizabeth, which finished in a draw
Samuels hit 106, his third Test century, while
Samuels fashioned a bold 101, his sixth Test hundred.
The pair put on a record 176 for the third wicket.
However, there was no such luck for veteran left-
hander Shiv Chanderpaul who slipped one place
down to sixth. The 40-year-old has struggled on
the tour, with scores of 21 and four in the first Test
in Centurion, and seven in Port Elizabeth.
South Africa stroke-maker AB de Villiers has
claimed top spot in the rankings from Sri Lankan
star batsman Kumar Sangakkara who is now sec-
Chanderpaul is the only West Indies batsman in
the top 30.
In the bowling rankings, fast bowler Kemar Roach
remains in the top ten but has fallen three places
to tenth. The right-armer made bright start to the
first Test with two early wickets but picked up an
injury late on the first day and has been since ruled
out of the series.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn remains
unmoved at 21st with off-spinner Shane Shillingford,
who is not on tour, ranked 23rd.
There is no other West Indies bowler in the top
50.South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn continues to
lead the rankings. (CMC)
Brathwaite jumps to
career-best, Shiv slips
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