Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 8th 2015 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 8, 2015
Minister of Sports and Youth
Affairs Darryl Smith is enthusi-
astic about T&T s chances at the
coming Olympic Games in Rio de
Janiero, Brazil next year as well
as having the "Soca Warriors"
qualify for the World Cup in 2018.
Contacted yesterday, Smith said
he was really pleased with the work
of national football coach Stephen
Hart and felt that the country has
a great chance of qualifying for the
World Cup for yet another time.
He is also eyeing a number of
medals at the Olympics and is as
optimistic as T&T Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC) president Brian
Lewis, who expressed the belief
that T&T will win ten or more
Olympic gold medals.
Smith, who is known for his hard
working nature at the Diego Martin
Regional Corporation, has promised
that a decision will be made on the
incomplete Brian Lara Stadium in
Tarouba before his term of office
came to an end.
He did not visit the Brian Lara
Stadium during his tour of the
sporting facilities but said he will
have to do so very soon.
"I have never been to the Brian
Lara Stadium and it is only when
I go there then I will know what
has to be done. I will have to get
the engineers and all the necessary
people with me before that visit,"
Smith said life at his ministry
was now returning to a state of
normalcy following the stint of the
previous government and said all
will be done to ensure that athletes
get the required assistance they
need to perform at the top level.
He told the Guardian his aim
now was to clean up sports in T&T
and get corporate citizens to sup-
port it once again.
Only recently Smith made a tour
of the new Aquatic Centre and
Tennis Facility in Tacarigua and the
Cycledrome in Couva to determine
their state of readiness for compe-
tition ahead of the Olympics. How-
ever he said a lot still needed to be
done before the facilities can be
opened officially for action.
"I really need to get the athletes
inside those facilities as soon as
possible so work will continue at
a pace to try and achieve this,"
Smith said. He added that tenders
for a maintenance contractor will
be sent out soon before the com-
pletion of the facilities as it was
equally important to keep them
Smith promises decision on Brian Lara Stadium
COLOMBO---Middle order batsman Mar-
lon Samuels says he is anxious to put bat
to ball when the Test series between West
Indies and Sri Lanka begin in earnest on
Samuels, a senior member of the regional
side, says he is also eager to step-up to
leading roles for his team in their two match
test series against the Sri Lankans.
Both sides are showcasing a number of
young players who will play in the first test
at the Galle International Stadium (October
14-18) in the coastal town of Galle; and the
P Sara Oval (October 22-26) in the capital,
"I can t wait to get out into the middle
and play some game. I have been in the
nets but you know how it goes. Batting in
the nets for me is just about hitting balls
and keeping my form steady," said Samuels.
"But going out in the middle and getting
the job done that s where it matters the
most. So the form has been good. I am
going into this series not really over con-
fident but confident and looking forward
to playing a major role to help the team as
much as possible".
The start of a three-day practice match
between West Indies and a Sri Lanka Cricket
Board President s X1 has been pushed back
from today to tomorrow because of bad
weather in Colombo.
In fact, West Indies who arrived in Sri
Lanka last week, have been forced to practice
indoors because of sporadic showers in
Nontheless, Samuels says he is satisfied
with preparation and is looking forward to
the practice match.
"The warm up has been going good. Rain
here and there. But this is Sri Lanka you
can t do anything about that. But prepa-
ration has been wonderful," said Samuels.
"We are looking forward to getting some
match time in this three day game and
hopefully some of the guys can get some
runs and get some wickets and bring their
lovely form into the real thing". (CMC)
Samuels ready for
business as Sri Lanka
Test series looms
With the 2016 Rio Olympic
Games less than ten months
away, national sailor Andrew
Lewis will step up his prepara-
tions as he has been invited to
join the Dutch sailing camp in
Lewis, who represented T&T
at the 2012 London Olympics,
explained that the time he spends
in Rio will be beneficial.
"Recently I have been invited
to join the Dutch camp in Rio.
The bay of Rio is a very technical
bay in the sport of sailing. A lot
of currents and a lot of different
winds. You have to spend time
down there to understand and
learn and become almost a local."
The T&T Olympic Committee
(TTOC) has given Lewis its sup-
"Two weeks ago I asked the
Olympic Committee for support
to join the Dutch camp and they
have supported me and I will be
off to Rio on Sunday. I will be
in Rio every two weeks until the
end of the year getting the hand
of what is going on there. I would
like to thank the TTOC for their
support, it has come at a very
important time for me and I will
make the best use of it to work
towards being on the podium in
Talking about the importance
of mental preparation Lewis said,
"Mental preparation is important
everyday in my training, you have
to mentally prepare before you
go out there and execute what
you do in training. I spend as
much time visualising what is
about to take place."
Lewis said it is always fulfilling
to represent T&T on the world
"Coming from a small country
representing in a big world that
we live in today, it is a great feel-
ing. Whenever I go out there
they call me Trini---the island
boy. It makes me feel proud
because I realise I really should
not be here amongst these big
countries like Australia and Great
MELBOURNE---Cricket greats Shane
Warne of Australia and Sachin Tendulkar
of India will captain opposing teams of
former star players in a three-match exhi-
bition tour of the United States next month.
The Cricket All Stars tour will feature
short-format Twenty20 matches in New
York, Houston and Los Angeles starting
November 7 at Citi Field, home to Major
League Baseball s New York Mets.
Also playing on the tour are former Test
captains Ricky Ponting of Australia, the
West Indies Brian Lara, Wasim Akram of
Pakistan and England s Michael Vaughan,
as well as South African Jonty Rhodes and
cricket s record wicket-taker Muttiah
Muralitharan of Sri Lanka.
The other games of the tour will be played
at the Houston Astos Minute Maid Park
on November 11 and Dodger Stadium on
Tendulkar predicted the Twenty20 format
matches, which generally take no more than
three hours to play, will appeal to US sports
"Americans are so passionate about sports,
and there s a huge potential for cricket to
take off," he said in a statement. "We re also
planning some other events and festivities
in each city so we can reach as many fans
Warne said the tour has signed "all the
top players you d ever want to see."
"I m excited for cricket fans in the United
States to be able to see these amazing players
for the first time."
Warne is considered one of the greatest
bowlers to have played the game, while Ten-
dulkar is an icon in India and regarded as
one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
The Cricket Australia website reported
yesterday that a portion of the earnings
from the three matches will go to the world
governing body, the International Cricket
Council, to help grow the sport in the US.
Warne, Tendulkar to lead
star-studded cricket tour of US
...batting legend Lara included
With Jones and Sheldon Bateau back into the squad,
Hart will looking to see how the players adapt to the
"Those players coming back gives us a different
dynamic. Of course we missed out on Cato and Peltier.
But with the ones returning, it allows them to reacquaint
themselves with what we have been doing and hopefully
in the two games everybody will get a run in,"said Hart.
Russian-based defender Bateau said he has already
settled back into the team, after missing the draw with
Mexico last month and also coming off his long travel
from Moscow to Panama City.
"We ve had some good sessions. The team is coming
along pretty well and there is competition for places in
the team. I think the team is ready for a good showing
tomorrow. Personally I feel good. I ve been around these
players for some time now so it s just a matter of us
working together, continuing to build that chemistry
and getting on with the task before us." Bateau said.
Hart was expected to conduct a one-hour session at
the match venue yesterday from 8 pm after a scheduled
practice the previous evening had to be put off due to
heavy rainfall and lightning. Today s game is carded to
be aired live on Flow Channel 99.
Continued from Page A56
Warriors look for positive
play against Panama
Kemar Roach during the West Indies training session at
the Singhalese Sports Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka
yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY WINDIESCRICKET.COM
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