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top partner of the IOC in the vehicle and mobility
"In T&T, Toyota has made a specific contri-
bution to the ten or more Olympic gold medals
by the year 2024 for the Athlete Welfare and
Preparation Fund during the course of the five-
year partnership. In addition Toyota will become
the official vehicle and mobility partner of the
TTOC, supporting our transport needs where
needed and within certain constraints."
Sean Shaffie, marketing manager at Toyota,
said the president and CEO of Toyota signed on
as an official Olympic sponsor for the 2020 Games,
a deal reportedly valued at $835,000,000 US dol-
lars. Shaffie stated this was one of the reasons
Toyota T&T Limited decided to get involved.
Shaffie said: "Toyota T&T Limited is proud to
announce this morning that for the next five
years, starting today, we will be supporting our
Olympic contingent via the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee to help them prepare for the 2020
Olympics. Not only because our parent company
is an official Olympic sponsor, but because it is
part of our burning desire to coordinate and con-
tribute to Olympic success for our athletes."
Toyota s marketing manager said: "Achieving
success has become a symbolic part of Toyota in
T&T and in the rest of the world. We have been
the number one selling branch for many years
across the region and connecting our success
with our Olympic athletes came naturally."
Shaffie said Toyota has always been a supporter
of local athletes and culture. "Toyota T&T Limited
has always been an advocate for sport and local
culture. We have been supporting sporting ini-
tiatives and the arts since inception and continue
to do so without hesitation.
"Our athletes are our pride and joy and we
(corporate T&T) need to show our love and sup-
port to these young men and women. Give them
the encouragement to make us all proud. Their
commitment gives us great pleasure."
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The Mucurapo Foreshore will serve as
the new starting point when over 25 boats
vie for glory in the 46th edition of the
Carib Great Race on the morning of August
22. This was revealed during a press con-
ference at Rust Street Lounge in St Clair
on Tuesday night.
Carib Brewery Ltd has invested some
$500,000 into the annual event, billed as
a showdown between two-time defending
champion Monster and imposing newcomer
Vortex, the first turbine boat to race in T&T.
Also gunning for honours in the 130 mph
category will be 2012 champion Fire One,
17-time winner Mr Solo and Paramount.
Vortex, a 50 Mystic, raised eyebrows when
it won both sprints at a recent regatta in
Bayshore, upsetting favourites Mr Solo Too
and Fire One. Its crew of driver Nigel Bhagan,
navigator Roger Bell and throttleman Alan
Sabeeney have been tipped as serious con-
tenders to overthrow Monster s reign. Having
upgraded to the 130 mph division, Fire One
will leave its 120 mph title open to the likes
of Stampede and debutant Jumbi.
Last year s 110 mph winner Global Warmer
will be the only entrant in its category though
defending class champions Bacchanal (95
mph), Energiza (80 mph), Rite Formula (70
mph) and Infusion IV (60 mph) will have
their work cut out for them in their respective
groups. The race s newly designed course
will include a circuit in the Dean s Bay area,
excursions into Maracus Bay and Grande
Rivere, and a stretch from Store Bay to the
finish at Scarborough.
Speaking to the gathering on Tuesday,
president of the T&T Powerboat Association
Peter Peake said the new starting point,
changed from the Hyatt Regency, had been
devised to give fans the best viewing expe-
"Last year we had quite a turnout of spec-
tators in the Foreshore area and I think that s
one of the best venues for the start of the
race. It gives everybody easy access."
He added it would likely be the last time
any changes are made to the course. "What
we are looking to do is settle on a permanent
course so that we can establish records that
people can argue about and try to break.
We ve had many different courses over the
years and we ve not really established a set
course for a long time. Hopefully we can
stick with this one for the future."
ready for Monster
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PHOTO: ANDRE ALEXANDER
C Monster, Mr Solo,
Paramount, Vortex, Fire One
2 C Jumbi (new boat),
C Global Warmer 95
mph Class Baccahanal, Chris Gone
Wilder, Fast Track, Ultra Rush, Sherriff
8 C Energiza, Elixier,
Outlaw, Heatwave, Pappi Chulo, White
7 C Rite Formula, Chris
Gone Wild, Extreme Measures
C Infusion IV, Pum Pum
Conqueror, Rug Rat, Outcast and Matrix,
Olympic and two-time World Cham-
pionship bronze medal swimmer, T&T's
George Bovell III has joined a list of star
studded athletes who will not be compet-
ing at this year's 16th FINA World Cham-
pionship in Kazan, Russia, which splashed
off on Friday and will conclude on August
9. It will be the second straight major event,
the four-time T&T Olympic swimmer
Bovell III has opted out of, after he skipped
last December s 12th FINA World Swim-
ming Championships (25m) in Doha, Qatar
due to personal reasons and much delib-
eration with his family.
Commenting on his decision not to travel
to Russia, following the Pan Am Games,
he said he could not have been more pleased
with his performance in Canada, especially
after crucial time off and a short season of
just four months of training.
He said, "Since my return to the pool in
March, I have taken a long-term view on
things. However, the most important com-
petition is always the next one, which brings
me to the decision I must imminently
With next year s Olympics, his fifth on
his mind, the top T&T swimmer said, "The
crux of the matter I am facing is whether
to continue on to race at more competitions,
or immediately return to training focused
on climbing the podium again next summer
at the Rio Olympics."
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PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Bovell opts out 'Worlds'
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