Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 18th 2016 Contents A54
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 18, 2016
None of the athletes caught in a major
doping crackdown stretching back eight
years to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
are Trinidadians, according to Ephraim
Serrette, president of the National Asso-
ciation of Athletic Administration (NAAA).
An Associated Press report (SEE PAGE
51) yesterday revealed that 31 athletes in six
sports could be barred from competing in
the Olympics after they were caught in
retesting of drug samples from the 2008
Beijing Games. The report also noted that
other positive cases are likely to emerge
from the 2012 London Games.
Yesterday, the International Olympic
Committee (IOC) opened disciplinary pro-
ceedings against the 31 unidentified athletes
from 12 countries who competed in Beijing
and were planning to take part in the Rio
de Janeiro Games in August. IOC President
Thomas Bach said: "This is a powerful strike
against the cheats. They show once again
that dopers have no place to hide."
Serrette told the Guardian that his admin-
istration has a no-tolerance policy when it
comes to dealing with drug cheats and there-
fore took extreme precaution by ensuring
athletes are tested at National Championship
meetings. "We do not have a National Anti
Doping Organization (NADO) in T&T but
we have certified drug testing officers who
do the tests and send them to Montreal,
Canada, to be examined," Serrette explained.
Positive cases from Beijing emerged from
the recent retesting of 454 doping samples
with "the very latest scientific analysis meth-
ods," the IOC said. The Olympic body stores
samples for 10 years to allow for retesting
with improved techniques, with athletes
caught facing retroactive disqualification
and loss of any medals.
The IOC said it could not immediately
identify the athletes caught in the Beijing
retests for legal reasons, saying it would
inform the relevant national Olympic com-
mittees in the coming days. Serrette, the
NAAAs boss noted that most of its top ath-
letes are part of an IAAF testing pool which
allow them to undergo regular tests, quarterly
or annually. "For those who are not in the
pool, they fall under the care of the NAAAs
and face the tests we conduct randomly at
local meets," Serrette added.
The NAAAs spends approximately
US$60,000 on drug testing for each meet,
Serrette said, adding the cost is included in
their budget for subventions from govern-
ment. The administration has also been
lobbying for the set-up of a NADO here in
T&T, following the passage of the bill in
Parliament a few years ago.
To date only sprinters Kelly Ann Baptiste
and Semoy Hackett were tested positive for
Serrette noted it was as a result of testing
done here in T&T.
Results of retesting of 250 samples from
the London Olympics will be announced
shortly, the IOC said. Those tests were also
aimed at athletes planning to compete in
Rio. "All those athletes infringing anti-
doping rules will be banned from competing
at the Olympic Games," in Rio, the IOC said
after a teleconference meeting of its pol-
icy-making executive board.
The Caribbean Premier League (CPL)
needs to have a better business plan, to
become sustainable, according to business-
man Jeffrey Guillen.
The outspoken Guillen says that the CPL s
business plan is all wrong, as they are too
heavily dependant on governments in the
region for assistance.
"Currently I think that the CPL needs to
change their business plan, or they will risk
the chance of not surviving. There is obvious
value in having the CPL but the vast amount
of money they are asking regional govern-
ments to put out can t be good, as govern-
ments change quite regularly in the Caribbean
and this puts the business model in jeopardy.
"Asking the governments to outlay the
kind of money they want cannot work. They
need to come out and engage the private
sector and this would make the CPL sus-
tainable. If what I read in the newspapers is
true, there is a situation happening right
here in Trinidad, where the government is
offering them the equivalent of US$1M in
TT dollars to have the finals here. This is a
lot of money and I think Prime Minister Dr.
Keith Rowley would have to weigh the
options, given the current economic situation
in the country. I am confident that he would
make the right decision in the best interest
of the country but again here is a situation
where the CPL is heavily dependant on the
One government which spent heavily on
CPL was the St. Kitts/Nevis administration
under the leadership of Dr. Denzil Douglas.
Two years ago, he lost at the polls and the
new Prime Minister Timothy Harris has not
bought in to that degree. The same has hap-
pened in Guyana where the government
changed and one waits to see the situation
Currently the venue for the finals of the
2016 tournament is still up in the air, as there
is interest from T&T and Guyana. It has now
come down to a situation where if CPL refus-
es T&T s offer, the finals may even be played
in Florida, where the last round of the pre-
liminary will be held.
American Bailey for
'Showdown at Sundown'
A growing number of international track and
field stars are lining up to participate in the
Grand Games first Athletics Invitational on Sat-
urday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The list includes top United States sprinter Ryan
Bailey, the latest to confirm his participation in
the Men s 100m sprint.
Bailey has personal bests of 9.88 seconds for
the 100-metre dash and 20.10 seconds for the
200-metre dash and ranks among the top ten
Americans ever for the shorter distance.
He joins a cast that includes Jamaican sprinters
Natasha Morrison and Warren Weir, a bronze
medalist in the 200 metres at the 2012 Olympic
Games in London.
Others athletes due to appear at the games are
Britain s 400 metre runner Christine Ohuruogu,
a former Olympic, World and Commonwealth
Champion, shot putter Michelle Denee Carter,
the current American record holder and Kurt
Felix, a Grenadian athlete who competes in the
A total of 117 athletes from 25 countries including
T&T are expected to compete in the event dubbed
"Showdown At Sundown".
Organisers say it is the first time in 32 years
Trinidad and Tobago is hosting a meet at this
level which will compromise 12 Track and four
Du Plessis excited over CPL debut
CAPE TOWN---South Africa star batsman Faf
du Plessis says he is excited about the chance
to play in the Caribbean for the first time as he
prepares to represent country and club in two
Du Plessis, 31, will feature in the Proteas squad
for their forthcoming tour of the Caribbean and
will then captain the Patriots in the fourth edition
of the CPL.
South Africa are playing in the tri nation tour-
nament set to run from June 3-26 which also
involves 50-overs World Cup champions Australia
and West Indies.
"When you look at the amount of international
Test, ODI and T20 cricket that s being played
around the world, it s funny to think that this will
be the first time that I will get to play in the West
Indies," said du Plessis.
"I guess you could say that it has been a long
time coming, but I m really excited to finally be
playing in the Caribbean".
Du Plessis has featured in T20 franchise tour-
naments across the world including the Indian
Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash.
He enjoys a T20 career average of 37.68 in 35
games to date at an impressive strike rate of 132.64.
"I ve heard nothing but good things about the
CPL. Off the field, the Caribbean people are great
fans and provide an incredible atmosphere, which
I have yet to fully experience," said the South
"And this year, on it, I think the competition
is going to grow from strength to strength with
a really high calibre of players across each of the
The fourth edition of the CPL is scheduled to
take place between 29 June -- 7 August.
Du Plessis will lead the St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots
when they open their campaign against Guyana
Amazon Warriors on June 30th.
"Any tournament who can attract top class
marquee players is obviously one that s on the
rise, and when you look across all six CPL squads,
there s a heck of a lot of talent there," he said.
"The West Indies culture is different but no
less passionate, I m sure, and it s one of the biggest
reasons why I wanted to come and play here. I ve
had a small taste of the Big Bash, and this is the
next chapter in my career". (CMC)
Italy's Giulio Ciccone,
centre, poses on the
podium after winning
the 10th stage of the
Giro dItalia, Tour of
Italy cycling race from
Campi Bisenzio to
Sestola, yesterday. Bob
Jungels moved into the
overall lead, while neo-
Ciccone soloed to
victory on the
stage in his debut
Grand Tour. AP PHOTO
Ephraim Serrette..."Not our athletes."
31 'caught' after drug retests from Beijing OG
Serrette says no T&T athletes
Call for CPL to change business plan
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