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took command of their Davis
Cup relegation tie against
Uruguay on Saturday with a
victory in the doubles.
Darian King and Haydn
Lewis steered the hometeam
to a 2-1 match-lead with a
straight sets win over Santiago
Maresca and Rodrigo Arus, 6-
2, 6-2, 6-2.
Both teams had shared the
opening singles on Friday when
King, the No 1 Barbados player,
made it 1-1 with a 6-1, 6-3,
3-6, 6-1 win over Arus, after
Maresca had given the
Uruguayans an early lead with
a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 win over
On Saturday, King and Lewis
continued their outstanding
run in doubles play in the
Americas Zone Group 1, and
placed Barbados within one
match of maintaining their
place in the group for 2016.
The all-important reverse
singles are scheduled for Sun-
day and the loser of the five-
match rubber will be relegated
to Group 2 in 2016.
King, Lewis give Barbados Davis Cup lead over Uruguay
scored the winning
goal which guided W
champions of the
2015 First Citizens
after their 2-1 win in
the final against
Central FC on Friday
night at the Ato
Couva. He was also
named the Most
valuable Player of the
"If it was my little
brother or a cousin, I
would have given
that security guard a
received a gold medal
for winning the Rugby
World Cup on
Saturday, and gave it
away moments later
to a stranger.
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PALMAS---The first World Indigenous
Games closed on Saturday night with
a pumping ceremony that brought
together nearly 2,000 participants from
more than two dozen countries for a
Nothing quite like it had ever rolled
into Palmas, a sunbaked outpost in the
geographical heart of Brazil, and the
5,000-seat arena was packed well
beyond capacity for the spectacle.
With delegations from as far afield
as Ethiopia and New Zealand and two
dozen indigenous peoples from across
Brazil, the games produced nine frenetic
days of competition in traditional sports,
dancing, singing, commercial and cul-
tural exchange and a dose of politics.
Despite language barriers, tips were
traded, stories swapped and traditional
Everyone posed for endless selfies
with everyone else.
"This is an eye-opener for us," said
Felicia Chischilly, a Navajo from New
Mexico who was among 19 delegates
from the United States. "It s a pow wow
in the true sense of the word---a gath-
ering of nations."
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff
was notably absent from the closing
ceremony after being booed at the Octo-
ber 21 opening spectacle by demon-
strators angry over a land demarcation
proposal they say would be catastrophic
for Brazilian natives traditional ways
The plan being pushed in congress
would give the power to demarcate
indigenous lands to the legislative
branch, which dominated by the pow-
erful agribusiness lobby.
The proposal cast a pall over the
games---particularly after it was
approved by a congressional commis-
sion in the middle of the event. Demon-
strators responded by bursting into the
arena during the 100-meter dash
Wednesday night, forcing a premature
end to the evening s activities.
After that, organisers dramatically
beefed up security, which staved off
more protests but failed to quell the
wellspring of criticism.
Participants complained that chron-
ically chaotic organisation hampered
the event, and some critics contended
the $14 million that the federal gov-
ernment poured into the games would
have been better spent on health and
education for Brazil s beleaguered
Antonio Apinaje, a leader of the
Apinaje people, dismissed the games
as a circus.
Billed as a sort of indigenous
Olympics, the games featured sports
that tend to form part native peoples
traditions, from goggle-less river swim-
ming to log races.
Saturday saw the finals in canoeing,
spear throwing and dramatic archery
An archer from the diminutive Aeta
people of the Philippines opened Sat-
urday s archery competition, but it was
a towering Mongolian in velvet robe,
leather quiver hanging jauntily from
his hip, that really caught the crowd s
Egged on by the grimacing Maori,
performing their fierce haka, indigenous
supporters flooded the arena during
the final moments of a titanic battle
in the women s tug-of war between
the local Gaviao people and the Maori,
who ultimately prevailed.
The day s most arresting sporting
moment came with a demonstration
of a traditional Mexican game, a high-
stakes variation on field hockey played
with a giant flaming puck.
The crowd was largely dominated by
Brazilian indigenous people draped in
seed necklaces and punctuated by lush
feather headdresses. The Finnish del-
egates from the reindeer-herding Sami
people stood out with their fair hair
and blue eyes, while a Filipino beefcake
in loincloth was the undisputed favorite
among women of many ethnicities.
The games sole Russian delegate con-
tinued to draw stares for bravely defying
the tropical heat in a fur-and-rhine-
stone cat suit.
The next edition of the games will
be held in Canada in 2017.
Tumultuous World Indigenous
Games wraps up in Brazil
Members of the Mexican team play "Pelota Purepecha" during the final games of
the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, on Saturday. AP PHOTOS
A Brazilian Bororo indigenous attends the closing ceremony of the World Indigenous Games, in Palmas, Brazil, on Saturday.
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