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Throwing sensation Akeem Stew-
art was in precise form at the Inter-
national Paralympic Committee
(IPC) Athletics World Champi-
onships in Doha, Qatar, last week,
but had to dig deep after admitting
he was not at his best after having
to undergo a blood test for doping
during the meet.
The strongly built Tobago Falcons
athlete established a new men's javelin
F43 world record of 54.77 metres, but
his powerful effort only earned him
fourth spot in the F44 competition
Stewart's opening attempt was 52.35
metres but he bettered that with his
next throw of 53.69m with no run-
up. A better throw of 53.91m in his
third attempt saw him bump up his
F43 world record, but he remained
in fourth place in the F44 competi-
tion. The packed stadium saw a lesser
52.63m in his fourth attempt and in
the amazing heave, again from a
standing position, he achieved 54.77
metres. His sixth and final throw was
a bit a disappointing with 52.11m.
Cape Verde's Marcio Fernandes
threw 56.24 metres to strike gold,
New Zealand's Rory McSweeney
(55.80m) copped silver and Iceland's
Helgi Sveinsson claimed the bronze
with a 55.18m effort.
However, Stewart had already
claimed a bronze medal in the discus
F43 category on the opening day of
the event on October 21 with a throw
of 59.13 metres.
Stewart contributed one of the two
medals Trinidad and Tobago received
during the meet. His teammate
Nyoshia Cain copped bronze in the
women's 100 metres T44 final in a
personal best 13.31 seconds.
Stewart, who has already qualified
for Rio Paralympics in 2016 and is
expected to return home this week,
told Tobago Today via Facebook he
was really happy with his achieve-
ments in Qatar, although he felt there
would have been much more to give
had he not been subjected to the blood
test by the World Anti-Doping Agency
"I was really happy with my per-
formance although I know I could
have done better, but due to the fact
I was still fighting off the jet lag, I
also had to do a vigorous dope testing
by WADA and all the blood they took
from me the day before my pet event,
it took away from my performance,"
"But I am most thankful to God,
my coach Wade Franklyn, my dad
Wayne Stewart and BodyGlow, who
supported me with supplements.
Without them I would not have been
where I am today."
He added that he was contented
with his fourth place finish in the
javelin, but called on the Tobago
House of Assembly to give greater
incentives to athletes when they are
"Although I don't train for it I was
still able to break the F43 world
record. That's really awesome," he
"I really wish the day will come
when the THA starts to give athletes
incentives for their outstanding per-
formance, but a champion keeps play-
ing until they get it right, that's my
goal. My aim now is Rio 2016."
NOVEMBER 4-10, 2015
Parents, teachers and coaches are all up
in arms with the Sports Division of the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) over the
overall management of this year s Tobago
arm of the National Primary Schools Foot-
The matter came to a head with some
teachers complaining bitterly about the sud-
den and surprising axing of the quarter-final
playoffs last Friday.
One sports master told Tobago Today that
at the end of the group stage eight teams
who had placed first and second in their
respective groups were sent straight to semi-
final berths in the knockout stage of the
"Teams were hard at practice waiting to
see the final fixtures on who would be playing
whom, when lo and behold when we got the
information we realized that there were no
quarter-finals, just semi-finals playoffs
among the four first place teams," the spots
Schools affected by this were Montgomery
Government, Signal Hill Government, Par-
latuvier AC/L'Anse Fourmi Methodist and
"This can't be fair as these teams had
reached this far only to find out that for
them the competition had ended. We have
always had quarter-finals stage in previous
years," the sports master declared.
Another teacher slammed the organisers
for changing the fixtures during the middle
of the group stage.
"Everything was going fine when halfway
during the season we got revised fixtures for
the rest of the season, there was no consul-
tation or explanation for the change," the
But Sport in Education Unit Coordinator
Theo Trim is refuting claims that the teachers
were not informed of the changes in the fix-
He told Tobago Today, "All the sporting
educational teams would have emailed and
called the schools to inform of all changes
in the fixtures."
He also said the national deadlines for the
league were "tight."
Asked if this year's deadlines were different
from last year's he said they weren't, but
noted that other factors such as the weather
and allowing the registration deadline for
teams to remain open long after the closing
date made matters worse.
"The grounds at Jubilee Park could not
be marked out for the day of the game, as
that was the day there was a lot of wind and
rain," Trim said.
He pointed out that the grounds for the
matches were under the jurisdiction of the
Reminded that they were part of the same
division he said they were under a different
Trim told Tobago Today the children will
still be given more time to play football as
there will now be a knock-out competition
among the schools.
Akeem Stewart and his Trinidadian teammate Nyoshia Cain show off their International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
Athletics World Championships medals.
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