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National track and
field athlete KELLY
ANN BAPTISTE ran the
first leg to help T&T
claim bronze in the
women's 4x100m relay
in 42.94 seconds at the
Diamond League meet
in Zurich, Switzerland,
"We will go down
there wanting to play
good cricket, and we
will make sure that at
the end of the series
we have done our best.
I think that will give us
the series in each
format of the game."
West Indies coach
PHIL SIMMONS is
confident ahead of the
Sri Lanka tour, which
starts next month.
National and West Indies all-rounder
Kieron Pollard is the latest cricketer
to spread his wings beyond the field,
as the Indian Premier League star offi-
cially launched a cricket store named
K and J Sports Accessories, yesterday.
The store, located at 38 Western Main
Road in the Red Edge Shopping Centre
in St James, will be the home of cricket
gear which includes bats, balls, pads,
helmets, gloves and many more.
Pollard joins numerous other sports-
men throughout the Caribbean who
have already invested in other endeav-
ours. Other cricketers who have put
their money to good use includes Chris
Gayle, Daren Ganga and Dwayne Bravo.
Gayle opened the Triple Century 333
Sports Bar and Restaurant two years ago
in Jamaica, while Ganga created the
Daren Ganga Foundation which includes
sports camps and scholarship pro-
grammes. Bravo has gotten involved in
the music industry and has recently
donated back-to-school supplies to chil-
dren with his long time sponsor bmobile.
At the launch yesterday, Pollard said
he chose a cricket store because the
sport has given him a lot. Pollard said:
"It is named K and J Sports, but we
specialise in cricket. Cricket is my pride,
my passion, my job and my everything.
Everything I have gotten in my life it
has been through cricket. This is just
another initiative to continue my drive."
He added: "My family likes cricket
as well, my wife s brothers play windball
cricket in Trinidad and they have a pas-
sion for cricket. They will use their
expertise to promote the equipment."
Pollard, who thought about the idea
one year ago, said cricketers throughout
the Caribbean always need gears.
"When we have the regional tourna-
ment playing in Trinidad, guys from the
islands always want to come to a cricket
shop and get quality gears." The Barbados
Tridents captain said the store may
expand in the future. "This is a stepping
stone. In anything you do, you want to
expand. I thought I would start with
cricket and we will see where that takes
us. A lot of people have come in and
asked about different sports. We will
creep before we walk. We will take things
slowly at this point in time and hopefully
we will expand."
Pollard said that St James is a stone s
throw away from the Queen s Park Oval,
and it was one of the reasons he decided
to build the store in St James.
...teammates support Pollard
Pollard s T&T and West Indies team-
mates Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine,
who were at the store yesterday, both
praised their teammate on his new ini-
tiative. Bravo said: "I want to say con-
gratulations to him. It has been in the
making for a while and it is good to see
it come to reality. I am very happy for
him and I think the business will be a
Bravo added it is imperative for sports-
men and sportswomen to branch off.
"It is very important to branch off, a
sportsman s career last between ten to
15 years. By age 34 or 35 your career
might be all over. It is very important
to invest your money while you play.
You can get everything in this store. It
is like a one stop shop."
Narine said: "I think it is a good ges-
ture. There is now a place you can get
quality gears, and Pollard plays cricket
so he is going to have the best of the
best. It is a place when you think about
cricket gears, this is the first place should
come to mind. Everyone should come
and see what he has."
Pollard opens cricket store in St James
RIO DE JANEIRO---Canoeists at an
Olympic test event complained yes-
terday about the polluted water at the
venue, but were most outspoken about
aquatic plants that tangled with their
oars and rudders.
"I think really the most important
thing they have to do is to work with
the plants," German canoeist Franziska
Weber said. "Because it s not fair. We
work four years only for this moment,
and to lose then because of plants ---
it s hard."
She described the water color at the
Olympic canoeing venue as "red and
brown. It s not the typical water colour."
Weber joked that the effect on boat
speeds of dragging weeds along was
like "running up against a wall."
Her teammate Sebastian Brendel, a
gold medalist three years ago in London,
added: "This is just a test, but for next
year they must clean the water."
Simon Toulson, general secretary of
the International Canoe Federation,
promised the weed problem would be
cleared up for next year s Olympics. He
said weeds had just been cut and had
floated to the surface. Next year, he
said, there will be time to collect the
floating plants. Toulson characterised
the polluted water as presenting "very
little risk" to athletes.
"The statistics point to the fact that
falling in the water and drinking a little
bit of it from this lake isn t a major
health risk," he said.
He pointed to readings this week by
the Rio state government that showed
acceptable bacterial levels at the canoe-
ing venue, partly because Rio has
received little rain recently. When it
rains, untreated sewage and debris
gushes into the lagoon from hilltop
slums that lack sanitation treatment
The state government tests only for
bacterial levels, not viral levels.
An independent water analysis con-
ducted by The Associated Press, pub-
lished July 30, showed high virus levels
from raw sewage in all Rio Olympic
waters. This included the Rodrigo de
Freitas Lagoon, the canoeing and rowing
venue. The lagoon registered the highest
readings in AP s five-month study, rang-
ing between a low of 17.3 million viruses
per litre, to a high of 1.7 billion per litre.
Water experts contacted by AP said
a level of 1,000 would be considered
"highly alarming" and advised people
to avoid contact with water. A risk
assessment expert said with a viral
count of 1,000, the risk of infection
was 99 percent, although being infected
does not mean a person will automat-
ically fall ill.
Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio
Olympic organising committee, said
earlier this week that viral testing would
be done on Rio s waters. This marked
a reverse after previously saying, along
with the International Olympic Com-
mittee, that bacterial testing was suf-
ficient. Rio organisers, however, said
they will not move a venue --- no matter
the test results. Toulson said his fed-
eration had no plans to change venues.
"If the situation changes, we would
look at contingency plans that we would
put in place," he said. "The idea is to
stay in the boat, not to be in the water.
If it was swimming, maybe it would be
Canoeists complain about dirty water, weeds in Olympic venue
New store owner cricketer Kerion Pollard, right, checks out his cricket bats at the
opening of his sports store at St James along with Dwanye Bravo and Sunil
Narine, yesterday. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
rhythmic gymnastics judges at the
2014 world championships have been
sanctioned for biased judging.
The International Gymnastics
Federation (FIG) says three judges
received a warning for "partisan
judging" while two were suspended ---
one for six months, the other for three
--- for allegedly favoring gymnasts from
their own countries at the
championships in Izmir, Turkey.
FIG did not give the names of the
judges, who can appeal within 21 days
of being notified of the sanction.
FIG's disciplinary commission said "it
is crucial for the sport of gymnastics
that judges are at all times acting and
seen to be acting in an independent,
unbiased and competent manner."
Scoring analysis is undertaken so that
"results are in perfect harmony with the
existing code of points." Twenty-six
judges were commended. (AP)
5 rhythmic gymnastics judges sanctioned for biased judging
Canada's Emilie Fournel, center, competes in the women's 1000m Kayak Single
during the International Canoe Sprint Challenge on Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon in
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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