Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 7th 2016 Contents A41
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Rodriguez scored 32
goals from 344
attempts to guide
Marvellites to a 40-
26 win over La Brea
Stardust in the A
Division of the San
League at the
Indoor Sports Arena
in Pleasantville on
"Don't count the
days... make the
One of the many
inspiring quotes for
the late Muhammad
Ali that will live on
MADRID---Spain s Olympic Committee
says 3,000 bottles of insect repellent
will be available to its athletes to help
them avoid the Zika virus during the
Rio de Janeiro Olympics. At a meeting
to inform the local sports federations
about the virus yesterday the committee
said it recently reached a deal with the
laboratory Omega Pharma to provide its
strongest repellent to the hundreds of
Spaniard athletes going to Rio in August.
Committee doctors said there was a
need to "remain engaged but not worried"
about Zika, noting that only one in four
people who have the disease develops its
symptoms. They stressed, however, that
pregnant woman in the delegation should
not go to Rio.
The committee said it will respect ath-
letes who decide not to go.---(AP)
Zika: Spain taking 3,000 bottles of insect repellent to Rio
T&T could soon have its first
opportunity at sports tourism from
the use of its spanking new, state of
the art cycledrome in Balmain, Couva.
Coming on the heels of govern-
ment s drive to open sporting facilities
constructed by the former adminis-
tration, president of the T&T Cycling
Federation (TTCF) Robert Farrier
revealed that the Pan American Cycling
Confederation (COPACI) is on the
search for a country to host the Pan
American Junior Track Championship
next month, which he sees as a great
opportunity for T&T capitalise on.
The event was initially carded to
take place in neighbouring Venezuela,
but because of the economic crisis
being faced there presently, COPACI
officials have decided to seek another
Farrier, a former cyclist, is confident
that staging the event in T&T will pro-
vide the country with an opportunity
for diversification to take place, through
"We have talked so much about
diversifying in other areas from our
dependence on oil and gas to sport
tourism, now we have the ideal oppor-
tunity for it to take place," Farrier
He said his federation has already
contacted and explained to the
COPACI of its intention to have the
championship staged in T&T, but was
adamant they must first hold talks
with Minister of Sports and Youth
Affairs Darryl Smith before T&T can
oficially offer itself as host.
"A letter of request has already been
sent to Minister Smith and we are
looking forward to having a meeting
with him very soon. Only by that time
staging the event or not," Farrier said.
Only Saturday the sport minister
Smith, together with Chinese Ambas-
sador Huang Xingyuan, the MP for
Couva South Rudranath Indarsingh,
Chairman of the Sport Company
Michael Phillips, Olympic medallist
George Bovell III, Shanntol Ince and
other members of the T&T Waterpolo
team, opened the Acquatic Centre in
Smith later gave the assurance that
the cycledrome would open this week.
Since its completion last year, the
cycledrome, considered the best cycling
facility in the Western Hemisphere,
has been tested by Olympic-bound
rider Njisane Phillip and given a passing
grade by the cycling federation. How-
ever, no action has been possible until
its official opening.
Farrier and his federation are hoping
to resopond to the COPACI by the end
of the week.
They are hoping to propel the sport
locally across the globe with the use
of the cycledrome, which has been in
demand since its completion.
Phillip (Njisane) was among many
cyclists hoping to use the facility for
preparation for major international
events leading up to the Olympics
Games. However, they were forced to
go abroad to places like Colombia and
the United States for training on similar
Efforts to reach Sport Minister Smith
and SporTT chairman Michael Phillips
via their cellphones and text messages
However, a staff member at the
Sport Company who wished to remain
anonymous, disclosed that the cycle-
drome will be opened oficially at the
end of June.
Both the cycledrome and the acquat-
ic centre will only be opened for use
by olympic-bound athletes Bovell and
Phillip and other elite athletes, ahead
of the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
"There are still staffing and other
things to put in place at the venue,"
the Guardian was told.
Phillip is expected to begin training
at the end of this month, while Bovell
is expected to have his first workout
session this week.
TTCF wants to host Pan Am
event at new Cycledrome
AQUATIC CENTRE OPENS: Members of the T&T Waterpolo team, along with Olympic swimmers George Bovell III and Shanntol Ince yesterday met with Chinese
Ambassador Huang Xingyuan, MP for Couva South Rudranath Indarsingh, Minister of Sports Darryl Smith, Chairman of the Sport Company Michael Phillips at the
opening of the Aquatic Centre, Couva yesterday. Enjoying the pool here are the members of the water polo team.
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