Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 9th 2015 Contents A49
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RAJ JAGESSAR won
the first monthly
medal of the year
behind a score of 64
which proved enough
to beat a very
competitive field of
51 players at the
Brechin Castle Open
held at the Brechin
Castle Golf Club,
Couva on Sunday.
"I was at Hugh
Hefner's house for
Boxing and I
thought it was a
great idea. To host
them (T&T boxers)
here tonight is an
Former West Indies
explains why he's
hosting the Tuesday
Night Boxing Series
at his home.
NEW YORK---Beyonce is return-
ing to the Super Bowl halftime
Pepsi confirmed to The Asso-
ciated Press on Thursday that the
34-year-old singer will perform
at the Feb. 7 show at Levi s Sta-
dium in Santa Clara, California.
Last month, Coldplay announced
it would perform at the halftime
show. Beyonce headlined the 2013
Pepsi Super Bowl halftime show
in New Orleans at the Superdome,
where she was joined by her Des-
tiny Child s bandmates, Kelly Row-
land and Michelle Williams.
Beyonce and Coldplay recently
collaborated on the band s new
album, "A Head Full of Dreams."
Katy Perry, who performed at
last year s Super Bowl, had the
most-watched halftime show in
history with 118 million viewers.
Other past halftime headliners
include Bruno Mars, Prince,
Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, U2
and the Rolling Stones. (AP)
Beyonce sign for Super Bowl show
Local sports continues to fell the
brunt of the present state of the econ-
omy, as the organisers of the 34th edi-
tion of the T&T International
Marathon (TTIM) on January 17 will
be forced to cut back on expenses.
There have been announcements
about the present state of the economy,
the possible or real recession, and the
call by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley
for the public to be prudent in it s
National Gas Company of T&T
(NGC) has advised their inability to
support this year s T&T Marathon and
others have also been forced to do the
same. Recently, president of the T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC) Brian
Lewis, said the plan to develop an
Olympic Park at Lord Harris Square in
Port-of-Spain had to be stopped
because of the state of the economy.
The T&T Marathon Committee
(TTMC) has also had to make some
decisions for the best, resulting in a no
frills race. The TTMC has provided six
years (2010-2015) of exciting race expe-
riences full of elite competition, and
runner benefits. From the pasta party,
marathon magazines, massages, medical
services, transport, police safety, hydra-
tion, refreshments, entertainment,
medals and monetary prizes over
$200,000, and of course a certified
course. The organisers will be spending
less on race benefits but top finishers
will still earn monetary reward, which
is still the highest in the Caribbean.
The committee will continue to strive
for an event of excellence and enjoy-
ment; however registration fees will
not cover the needs of the event.
The committee has seen the need to
develop the sport, and despite the
financial hardships have introduced
The Marathon Relay which allows a
team of runners to cover six legs, span-
ning the course of the marathon. Relay
teams may have between two and six
participants. The TTIM 5k will be held
next week Saturday (January 16) at
Whitehall, Port-of-Spain, from 4 pm.
The organisers are calling on sponsors
to get on board and partner with the
TTMC to ensure the 34th edition occurs
in one week.
The TTMC thanked the Tourism
Development Company for their sup-
port, and other partners Gatorade, Blue
Waters, Subway, Ma Pau, Scrip J, Pre-
cision Timing, Another Idea, Hadco,
Achievement Centre, Rene Ortiz, the
PTI, T&T Police and other Services, St
John s Ambulance, Red Cross Society
and TEAM Communication. Commit-
ments from the Ministry of Sport and
Youth Affairs are yet to be confirmed.
Anticipation is building for the
T&T International Marathon next
Sunday, as for the first time The
Marathon Relay will be held as a
replacement for the Half Marathon
version of the mega event.
The Marathon Relay is a flexible
event as it allows between two and
six persons to complete the 26.2 mile
marathon course, which starts at the
St Mary s Junction in Freeport and
ends at White Hall around the Queen s
Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
Online registration closes at 11.59
pm tonight. Other interested persons
can register for the marathon before
the start of the TTUTA 10k and Teach-
ers One Lap event today between 1
pm and 4 pm at the Queen s Park
Savannah (opposite Queen s Royal Col-
The walkers will begin their journey
to Port-of-Spain from 3.30 am, while
the runners will take off from 5 am.
The organisers expect approximately
400 athletes to participate in the Full
Marathon, while 50 teams will compete
in the Marathon Relay.
Defending T&T International
Marathon champion Juan Cardona
Rios of Colombia has confirmed his
attendance for this year s edition.
Rios won in a time of two hours, 21
minutes and 13 seconds (2:21:13), while
third place finisher in the women s
category Leah Kigen of Kenya will
compete again this year. Veteran T&T
runner Curtis Cox, who finished sev-
enth last year in 2:48:12, will aim for
a higher finish at this year s edition.
A youth team of five Nigerian runners
is also expected to challenge for the
title this year.
Next week Saturday 1,000 athletes
will contest the 5k event from 4 pm.
The 5k will start at Casuals Corner
around the Queen s Park Savannah.
The athletes will make one lap return-
ing to Casuals Corner, before going to
White Hall for the completion of the
Sponsors run from T&T Marathon
.....Committee promises top class event despite cut backs
Teams gear up for first Marathon Relay
...as online registration closes tonight
Colombian Juan Cardona
Rios crosses the finish line to
win last year's edition of the
T&T International Marathon.
PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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