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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Bankers Insurance Company of Trinidad & Toba-
go has embarked on an effort to improve local long
distance running in T&T and is willing to provide
an environment as best as they can to achieve this.
This was stated by chairman of Bankers Insurance
Anil Maharaj at a gala awards function held at Kampo
Vibes, on Saturday night, in Chaguanas. All runners
who took part in the 2016 event were invited and
feted by Bankers Insurance. Maharaj used to oppor-
tunity to outline the company s plan to assist local
Maharaj said: "I want to share my vision for this
event with you here today. I want this event to be
the event of the calendar when it comes to road
races. I want it to be the proving ground for world
class runners from this country. We have the best
athletes coming to participate, so we do not live in
the parochial bubble that inevitably holds us back.
To be the best you have to compete at the level they
"We as a company hope this event allows us to
share with our community the spirit of Bankers," he
Maharaj continued: "To all of you who participated
in the half marathon I would like to emphasise that
you are here today because of you have strived your
best to be people who constantly improve yourselves.
People who understand that persistence is really the
only way to success.
"There are a million brilliant failures and about
the same number who gave extraordinary effort for
just a short while. Everyone is gifted, it s just that
some people never open the package.
"You are the true representation of what we hope
to be at Bankers. Hard working people who get up
every day and work towards your vision for your life.
People who understand that to do the extraordinary
requires discipline in all aspects of your life. Doing
more than just what needs to be done every day
consistently. We at Bankers want this event to continue
to grow," said Maharaj.
Kenya s Hillary Kiptum was the winner of the 2016
event, dethroning defending champion Kenneth
Rotich, also from Kenya.
Rotich, who dominated road running in T&T last
year, finished second in 1.10.08. Coming in third was
Venezuelan Alexis Pena, who is no stranger to this
race. His time of 1.13.22 was good enough to keep
T&T out of 1-2-3.
T&T s best effort on the men s side came from
Curtis Cox, who touched the tape in 1.13.44 for fourth
place. Guyana s Kelvin Johnson copped fifth place,
while the next five spots went to T&T in the form
of Elvis Turner, Jules La Rode, Collin Perreira, Shrivan
Baboolal and Nero.
investing in future
Chairman of Bankers Insurance Anil Maharaj
presents a prize to winner of the Female Age
Category 60-69 years, Susannah Joefield, on
Saturday night, at Kampo Vibes in Chaguanas.
LONDON---Axed West Indies head coach,
Phil Simmons, could be contemplating
legal action against the West Indies Cricket
Board over his abrupt firing last week.
Reports in international media said the
53-year-old Trinidadian was expected to
meet with his legal team in coming days to
discuss the matter and would then decide
on a course of action.
"Phil is currently in the UK and is supposed
to meet his lawyers within the next 72 hours,"
a confidante of Simmons, who requested
anonymity, was quoted as saying.
"His next course of action would be influ-
enced by the advice they give."
Simmons sacking was announced by the
WICB last Tuesday as the West Indies team
prepared to leave Barbados for Dubai, to
begin their Twenty20 and One-Day series
The move followed weeks of speculation
about Simmons future and WICB president
Dave Cameron had sidestepped the con-
troversial issue following the Board of Direc-
tors meeting in Dominica last week.
"At the appropriate time [we will speak
on the Simmons matter]," Cameron said
when asked if Simmons would be fired.
"We have to continue the discussions
internally and at the appropriate time we
will make any announcements that are
In a cryptic release three days later, how-
ever, the WICB said it had taken the decision
to relieve Simmons of his duties at the
"In recent times, based on the public
pronouncements of the coach and the
approach internally, we have identified dif-
ferences in culture and strategic approach,"
the WICB release said.
Simmons took up the position in March
last year after taking Ireland to the Cricket
World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Simmons to meet with lawyers over sacking
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