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Don t blame us for the T&T
Grand Games cancellation."
So said Peter Samuels, public rela-
tions officer (PRO) of the National
Association of Athletic Administration
His response came following wide-
spread disappointment by athletes
and coaches, trainers, family members
and supporters when it was revealed
by T&T Grand Games Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) Regina John that the
international meet carded for this
weekend was cancelled.
Samuels made it clear his admin-
istration had nothing to do with the
organisation of the event. "We sanc-
tioned it, that's all."
He added: "As with any private
citizen or organisation that wants to
put on a meet, we sanctioned it. In
fact, we supported the games fully as
we felt it would have helped T&T
athletes with their preparation ahead
of the Olympic Games in Rio de
Janeiro in Brazil."
Up to yesterday Samuel said his
administration was still not officially
informed of the cancellation and called
on meet organisers to offer a proper
"We have not been officially
informed of the cancellation of the
event nor the reasons leadings to it.
However, based on what is currently
in the public domain, it would appear
that, at a minimum, a proper expla-
nation is required from the organisers.
As much as one may wish to sym-
pathise with them for the challenges
they encountered and the unfortunate
turn of events, there is no doubt that
the last minute cancellation has
adversely affected the athletes who
were expecting to participate and the
fans that were looking forward to the
event," Samuels explained.
He added; "It must also be recog-
nised that significant damage has
been done to the sport of athletics
and to our country's brand, given the
title of the event, the extensive pro-
motions done and the poor handling
of the cancellation."
Among those hard-hit by the can-
cellation was T&T's quadruple
Olympic medallist Ato Boldon who
has been here preparing for the Games
with his protege Khalifa St Fort.
A fuming Boldon lashed out at
organisers, labelling them as incom-
petent. He said; "After all the Grand
Games hype and after all the ads have
gone out and all the negotiations back
and forth, so many people were plan-
ning their season and now that it's
May, a critical month, expecting to
go down to Trinidad this week to have
a meet, comes word that the meet
has been cancelled."
Also expected to face competition
were sprinters Michelle-Lee Ahye,
Keston Bledman, Lalonde Gordon,
Deon Lendore, hurdlers Jehue Gordon
and Mikel Thomas, shot puter
Cleopatra Borel and Olympic gold
medallist Keshorn Walcott.
It is understood that without the
support of the Ministry of Sports and
Youth Affairs, organisers did not get
the support it had hoped for, as only
44 tickets were sold for the games.
The area that received the most
support was a planned after party
event that is expected to feature
Jamaican Dance Hall artiste Tommy
In a newspaper report, John prom-
ised that athletes who are here on the
invitation of her organisation will be
When the Guardian contacted John
yesterday, she said she was in a meet-
ing and suggested the Guardian called
her later. However, despite several
efforts, calls to her cell phone went
OSTRAVA -- Superstar sprinter
Usain Bolt is anxious to make amends
for his sluggish run in Cayman
Islands last week, and has promised
a fast time at today s Golden Spike
here if the good weather holds.
The 29-year-old clocked an under-
whelming 10.05 seconds in his sea-
son-opener at the Cayman Invitational
but said afterward he would improve
as the season progressed.
Speaking at a media conference
ahead of the Golden Spike, Bolt said
he was focussed on dipping below ten
"I was promised the weather would
be good. Hopefully I can run a 9.8.
I'd be happy with that," the reigning
World and Olympic champion said.
Bolt survived an injury scare this
week when he was troubled by a
dodgy hamstring and was forced to
seek medical advice.
However, the world record holder
in both the 100 and 200 metres was
subsequently cleared to participate at
the meet here which he has dominated
over the years.
"I had a tight hamstring after my
last race but I went to see a doctor
and I'm feeling much better now," Bolt
"I know that the more I run, the
better I'll get, so I'm happy that I start-
ed racing early this year."
Bolt's record in Ostrava is a fantastic
one and he is yet to lose in the central
European nation. He captured the 100
metres in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and
also won the 200m in 2006, 2008
and again last year.
The year will be a crucial one for
Bolt who is aiming to sweep both
sprints for an unprecedented third
straight Olympics, when he participates
at the Summer Games in Rio.
And despite not yet coming close
to the dizzying heights of 2008 and
2009 when he smashed the World
and Olympic records, Bolt still believes
anything is possible in Rio.
"If I can continue on the right path
to the Olympics, I definitely think
world records are possible in Rio," he
said. "I really want to run sub-19 in
the 200m. That's my focus."
Bolt will line up against Barbadian
Ramon Gittens, St Kitts and Nevis'
Jason Rogers and Bahamian Adrian
The T&T Football Association
(T&TFA) will stage a Women s
Football Festival at St Mary s Col-
lege Ground, Serpentine Road, St
Clair, tomorrow from 10am.
This will be part of CONCACAF's
Women's Football Day where all
Member Associations are organising
several innovative and impactful
activities for girls and women within
The celebration is expected to
provide unprecedented drive in
awareness and promotion for
women's football. Furthermore, the
event will promote the empower-
ment of girls and women, while
highlighting key values such as lead-
ership, equality and inclusion.
Member Associations will help
inspire the participation in the game
through events such as grassroots
festivals, matches and skills chal-
UNICEF will join the celebration
of the Women's Football Day, col-
laborating in promoting messages
through their social networks, to
further raise awareness of sport as
a powerful tool to promote equality
The TTFA will host a festival for
Under 15 girls and all players born
on or after January 1, 2001 are invited
There will be screening for selec-
tion on the national Under-15 girl's
England and Wales Cricket Board
chairman Colin Graves says a day-
night Test in England will happen
in the near future.
The first five-day match under
lights took place in Australia last
November in their home series against
Graves insists it is only a matter of
time before the ECB follows suit.
"You can't turn your back on it, it
will happen," Graves told BBC Sport.
"We just have to decide when it is
going to happen. We're doing a lot of
work on it and we'd love to see day-
Graves also said Test cricket would
never return to terrestrial television.
The 2005 Ashes series on Channel
4 drew huge ratings but since then
England's matches have been shown
exclusively by Sky Sports.
While Graves believes some live
cricket may reach a terrestrial audi-
ence, he does not envisage that ever
being the case for England Test
"We'd like to see some live cricket
on terrestrial television, but Test crick-
et will not be on terrestrial television,"
"The younger generation do not
watch terrestrial television, they use
social media. We have to take that
into account. It will be a mix-and-
match situation for us to come out
with the right formula."
Graves said that Test cricket should
be "meaningful" and pointed to the
multi-format 'Super Series' system
which will be in operation for the
series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan
this summer, with points on offer for
each match, as the sort of innovation
that is required.
"We have to make Test cricket
meaningful and we have to put some
'oomph' behind it," Graves said.
"Test cricket is safe if we do some-
thing about it, but I don't think it is
safe if we do nothing. That is not an
option. The International Cricket
Council are looking at it and the other
countries are looking at it."
On the subject of domestic Twen-
ty20 cricket, Graves is opposed to the
idea of franchises and wants to keep
all 18 counties involved in the struc-
ture, even when the current format
- which is fixed to 2019 - comes up
"We want to keep all 18 counties
involved," he said. "I'm sure cities
could be one option, but we have no
preconceived idea of what we want.
We don't have a preferred option. We
will put them all on the table then
decide the right way to go."
Graves is also committed to the
18-team county championship, with
an eight-team top tier and 10-team
second tier set to be introduced from
He said that "two or three" counties
had been saved from insolvency in
the past year.
NAAAs: Don't blame us
for Games cancellation
The following players are currently in
the Under 15 Girls team:
Tamia Alfred (Mason Hall Sec/Jewels
FC), Twinkle Thomas (St Andrews
Ang/Jewels FC), Darrianne Henry
(Bishops High/Jewels FC), Tyra Meyers
(Goodwood Sec/Jewels FC), Gamelia
Waldron (Signal Hill/Jewels FC), Ashante
Wilson-Campbell (Signal Hill/Jewels FC),
Aaliyah Alvarez (Signal Hill/Jewels FC),
Celine Loraine (Mason Hall/Jewels FC),
Kady Adams (Signal Hill Sec/Jewels FC),
Dilleasia Nicholson (Bon Accord
Primary/Jewels FC), Onika Gregoire
(Mason Hall Se/Jewels FC), Tiah Crichlow
(Signal Hill Sec/Jewels FC), Aaliyah Prince
Hunters), Shermia Alexander
Hunters), Shamika York (Malabar Sec/St
Ann's Rangers), Kai-Marie Simpson (Holy
Name Con/QPCC), Havana Ramdeen
(Holy Name Convent/QPCC), Christi-Ann
Wood (Bishop Anstey East/Foot IQ
Academy), Nathifa Hackshaw (Five
Rivers Sec/St Ann's Rangers), Shamika
Thomas (St Joseph's Convent/Football
Factory), Aaliyah Trim (Sangre Grande
Gov't), Timia Mc Millan (Five Rivers
Sec/Malabar Superstars), Arissa Romany
(Bishop Anstey), Moenesa Mejias (El
Dorado East/SKHY), Aaliyah Lynch (St
Augustine Sec/St Aug FC), Chenice
Maloney (St Augustine Sec), Akinola
Quammie (St Augustine Sec), Nnena
Durant (St Augustine Sec/Diem
Academy), Shakeema Edwards (Arima
Central Sec/Trincity Nationals), Roshun
Williams (Caribbean Union
College/Waterlool Institute), Kya Edwards
(Carapichaima East Sec/Waterloo
Institute), Afiyah Cornwall (Carapichaima
East Sec/Waterloo Institute), Leah
Massiah (Carapichaima East
Sec/Waterloo Institute), Chrissy Mitchell
(Mayaro Sec/Club Sando), Aryla Walcott
(San Fernando East Sec/Club Sando).
....lashed out at organisers
Day/Night Test for England, says ECB chairman
USAIN BOLT...looking for speed today
Bolt out to make amends for slow season-opener
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