Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 22nd 2016 Contents A62
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 22, 2016
After 17 action packed day, the Rio Olympics
have come to an end. It's another four years of
preparation thats starts almost immediately
as the world anticipates and prepares for
T&T's KESHORN WALCOTT did his country
proud when he followed up on his gold medal per-
formance in the javelin at London 2012, by winning
the bronze medal at Rio 2016.
The Big Deal
Two Mongolian wrestling coaches have taken off
their clothing, one all the way down to his under-
wear, to protest the result of a bronze medal match.
Uzbekisatn's Ikhtiyor Navruzov appeared to have
lost to Mandakhnaran Ganzorig 7-6 at 65 kilograms
Uzbekistan challenged the scoring, likely because
the Mongolian began running around in celebration
with less than 10 seconds left rather than engaging
Navruzov won his challenge and the match on cri-
teria as the last wrestler to score.
Ganzorig, who had already started celebrating, fell
to his knees in disappointment.
The Mongolian coaches went much further than
that. Byambarenchin Bayoraa took his shoes and
shirt off and threw them to the mat in disgust in
front of the officials.
Tsenrenbataar Tsostbayar stripped all the way
down to his blue briefs. The Brazilian crowd started
chanting "Mongolia! Mongolia!"
Quote of The Day
"I definitely had too much
to drink that night and I was
American swimmer RYAN
LOCHTE, apologising for his
"immature behaviour" that
got him and three team-
mates into a mess in Rio.
Things That Matter
Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena
Isinbayeva has won election to the International
Olympic Committee despite a strong voting bloc
that opposed her membership.
Isinbayeva, who was banned from competing in
Rio de Janeiro because of the Russian doping scan-
dal, was one of five athletes representatives voted
onto the IOC on the final day of the games.
She received 45 votes in favour, but also 23 votes
against and two abstentions.
The vote reflected unease with Isinabayeva's out-
spoken opposition to the ban on Russia's track and
field team for the games. The IAAF imposed the
sanction following a World Anti-Doping Agency re-
port that detailed systematic, state-sponsored dop-
ing in Russia.
Isinbayeva, who holds the world record in the pole
vault, will serve an eight-year term on the IOC. She
and the other new members were elected by their
peers to the IOC athletes' commission during the
Legendary former West Indies batsman
batsman Brian Lara underscored the value
of Queen s Park Cricket Club to West Indies
and world cricket at the club s 125th
anniversary celebration at the Hilton
Trinidad on Saturday night.
QPCC s favourite son lit up the black tie
event which was attended by two former
West Indies greats in Sir Gary Sobers and
Sir Everton Weekes, as well as Indian legend
Sunil Gavaskar who also delivered an address
on the occasion. Also attending was the
entire West Indies cricket team, who is in
Trinidad playing against India in the Sea-
grams Test series.
Lara traced the club s deep history speak-
ing of great players who would have passed
through the gates at Tragarete Road.
"I was interested in the club s history.
Gerry Gomez had a liking for me, so he,
Willie Rodriquez and Bryan Davis use to sit
with me and chat about the club." Lara was
able to take the gathering through a detailed
history of the club.
"This club has produced 40 Test cricketers
which is a tremendous feat for any club to
achieve across the world. The club has made
a tremendous contribution to me and has
opened many doors for me and for this I
"We have had many players coming
through and going on to do wonderful things
in world cricket and we as Parkites are very
Lara recalled his first Test innings at the
Queen s Park Oval, when he was dismissed
by Pakistani Asif Mujtaba on 96 and said
the members had to wait for another 10
years before he finally got a Test century at
the Oval and it came against Australia.
He heaped praises on Joey Carew who
took him in, while at Fatima College and
assisted in his development as a cricketer.
"Joey Carew s love for Queen s Park was
second to none and his love for cricket was
pleasurable. He did a lot for the club and
was really a great tactician who truly under-
stood the game of cricket."
Meanwhile, Gavaskar who had a brilliant
Test career and mastered the West Indies
at the Queen s Park Oval on many occasions
said that T20 cricket is no threat to Test
cricket as there is a place for all formats.
"There was also the same worry when one
day cricket came about but Test cricket sur-
vived and now comes the T20 and there is
the same worry. I think that Test cricket is
in no danger because of T20 and in fact we
need to use all formats to build the sport."
At 10.25 am the scheduled
fourth day of the Fourth and
final Seagrams Test match
between the West Indies and
India was called off, at the
Queen s Park Oval and one fan
from San Fernando yelled :"I
don t know why I punish myself
like this nah."
Obviously making the trip to
Port-of-Spain hoping to see the
number one Test playing team
India battle the West Indies. On
the first day of the match Thurs-
day, there was enough time to
have 22 overs bowled and since
then the players have hung up
their whites, never having to
touch it since.
In the short time available for
action, West Indies batting first
reached 62 for two - losing the
wickets of Leon Johnson (9) and
Darren Bravo (10). Kraigg Brath-
waite was unbeaten on 32 and
Marlon Samuels four, when the
rain came. Yesterday, although
there was no rain at the venue,
the outfield remained soggy in
certain areas, which promoted
the officials to make an early call.
The bowlers run up and the
Western side of the ground in
front of the electronic scoreboard
were the areas in question.
Although the match has lost
significance both teams would
still show up today to conduct
affairs on the final day. Play is
carded to begin at 9.30am.
Another day, no cricket at Oval
Former T&T captain Dwight
Yorke has hailed the appoint-
ment of Russell Latapy as head
coach of the National Under 17
Yorke, a former Manchester
United and Sydney FC player,
spoke yesterday about the intro-
duction of Latapy to the national
youth teams coaching set up
with the former Glasgow Ranger
midfielder also set to serve as a
staff coach with the different
national youth teams.
"I m happy to see that Russell
has been given the opportunity
to get involved with the devel-
opment of football in Trinidad
and Tobago," Yorke said.
"It s no secret the love he has
for the game and for the country.
We all know the kind of indi-
vidual he is and the amount of
experience he has had as a player
at the highest level and now the
knowledge he has gained in
coaching. This will all definitely
put him in a position to make
a valuable contribution," Yorke
Yorke served as an assistant
coach to Latapy for a short peri-
od when the latter was head
coach of the Senior Men s team
during the 2010 World Cup
qualifying campaign. He believes
that having Latapy oversee the
development of the national
youth team players can bring
benefits to the national pro-
"I think it s an excellent move
to have him working with the
youngsters and passing on what
he can. Not too long ago he was
still a player and his perform-
ances have left a life time mark
on the game. And the young
ones will definitely stand to learn
a lot from him and be excited
by it at the same time," Yorke
Yorke, currently an ambassa-
dor for Manchester United,
added that he intended to be
home to witness the World Cup
qualifier against Guatemala on
September 2 at the Hasely
Latapy is expected to conduct
his first official training session
with the team today at the Ato
Latapy has agreed to a two-
year contract with the option of
an extension and he will also
serve as a staff coach for the
other national youth teams. Part
of his services will include con-
ducting coaching courses. Latapy
is the holder of a UEFA Pro
T&T will go into action in
Group A against Haiti on Sep-
tember 16 at the Hasely Craw-
ford Stadium. They then face
Bermuda on September 16 and
Jamaica on September 20.
Group B comprises Suriname,
Curacao, Guadeloupe and Cuba
and matches in this group will
take place at the Ato Boldon Sta-
The two group winners will
advance to the semi-finals.
Those four semi-finalists will
also automatically advance to
the CONCACAF Final Round
scheduled to take place in Pana-
ma in April. The best third
placed team will also complete
the five Caribbean qualifiers for
the CONCACAF Final stage.
Four teams from CONCACAF
will advance to the FIFA Under
17 World Cup in India.
Yorke hails Latapy's new role
Legendary former West Indies batsman batsman Brian Lara, right, and his girlfriend Jamey
Bowers, at the Queen's Park Cricket Club's 125th anniversary celebration at the Hilton
Trinidad on Saturday night. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
Lara praises QPCC's value
to T&T, Windies cricket
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