Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 19th 2015 Contents A42
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, October 19, 2015
The VF Ladies "Let s Give Breast Can-
cer The Boot" female football tourna-
ment makes a return on Sunday at Nel-
son Mandela Park from 9 am.
The event aimed at raising charity
fundraiser and spreading the awareness
of breast cancer began in 2011 and has
grown to be the largest female 11-a side
tournament of its kind in the Caribbean.
Former minister of sports Brent Sancho,
founder of the event said in a release that
the event has grown tremendously over
the last five years. "It s now a permanent
fixture on the women s football calendar
and has taken on a life of its own."
One of the highlights of the day will
be the "Bragging Rights" Cup featuring
the stars and personalities from Slam
100.5/CNC3 vs i95.5/TV6/RED 96.7.
According to Sancho "This is the big
one. Nobody wants to go through a year
as second best so the competition is
fierce. It s also the only time during the
day that you will see men playing foot-
This year s event is again supported
by Caribbean Club Champions and TT
Pro League winners Bankers Central FC,
Republic Bank, Toyota, Guardian Media
Group, Gatorade, CNC3, Bankers Insur-
ance, Blue Waters and Monster energy
Breast cancer gets the boot again
The concept of a professional basketball league
being played in T&T is just a dream at this point
in time. At least so says Claire Mitchell, general
secretary of the National Basketball Federation of
Mitchell was responding to attempts by former
United States basketballer Nixon Dyall who will be
in T&T this week to hold discussions on the start
up of a professional basketball league, an idea which
he left on the table of the NBFTT in 2012.
The league needed some $9 million to run for three
years and when the local basketball fraternity thought
it was finally getting a pro league, a mix up between
Dyall and Brian Manning- son of then Prime Minister
Patrick Manning, over the rights for the tournament
brought an end to the league before it was started.
Dyall however is still convinced that the league
could be held and he told the Guardian that once
the federation is ready for it, it will happen.
Contacted on the possibility of staging such a tour-
nament, Mitchell was adamant that it could not hap-
pen. "We just do not have the infrastructure to
accommodate an event of that magnitude. We do
not have the infrastructure in terms of the physical
venues and neither do we have the amount of players,"
She added: "If you look at the venues in T&T you
will see the type of facilities we use to run our leagues.
Do you feel that we can play a pro league on those
She said there are eight indoor facilities which are
used by a number of sporting events - the Central
Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas; the
Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua:
Southern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Pleas-
antville, San Fernando: South West Regional Indoor
Sports Arena in Point Fortin: Maloney Indoor Com-
plex: Mayaro Indoor Sports Facility: Jean Pierre Com-
plex in Mucurapo and the St Paul Street Complex.
She feels that the federation itself has been in a
struggle to handle its daily affairs and grapple con-
tinuously to get corporate T&T on board.
"When we got into office we encountered just
three out of nine functional zones, so what we sought
to do was to use monies given to us as subvention
from government to help the zones clear out expenses
and keep them going. We have also worked on the
other zones and now we have eight out of the nine
According to Mitchell it was a tremendous feat to
get all the zones running.
She said the federation has explained the difficulties
in staging a pro league in T&T right now to Dyall
and will do so again when they meet.
In the meantime the federation is happy that only
the South West zone out of the nine other zones-
East, North, South, South East, North East, Central,
South Central and Tobago zones, is non functional.
Nixon Dyall ....will
be in T&T this week
to hold discussions
Official shoots down
basketball pro league
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