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to revive local wrestling
Local wrestling is facing a much
needed revival, Thunderbolt Williams,
president of the T&T Wrestling Asso-
ciation (TTWA) said yesterday.
The ex wrestler has already made contact
with the icons of yesteryear Victor Jovica,
Invader I and Carlitos Callone, as well as
the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in
the United States, saying they are all waiting
on us now.
He is now reaching out to wrestling or-
ganisers in T&T to come under the TTWA
body and help bring back proper wrestling
in the country, emphasizing that his asso-
ciation wants to do things the right way.
Williams who has been a household name
in the sport for many years in T&T is calling
on organisers to attend an urgent meeting
on April 29 at the now defunct Desperama
building on George Street, Port of Spain
from 4 pm, where attempts will be made
to chart a way forward in the sport.
The wrestling boss believes the sport
will help in the fight against the spiralling
crime rate in the country as it will target the
young people who are most vulnerable to
gang activities and other delinquent groups.
"At this point in time we are only looking
for a place to train.
We were offered a place by the Sport
Company of T&T in Couva but found that
it was not suitable for training, but it could
and will use it for shows.
A proper place is important because
when the sport gets back on stream, we
will be bringing in fighters from all over
the world to compete here," Thunderbolt
"We are also going to take the sport into
the schools where proper teaching will be
done and a future for many can be mapped
out. In addition to this there will be oppor-
tunities for young wrestlers to go abroad
on scholarships or to fight."
He lashed out at the organisers of a recent
show in Chaguanas which did not come off
because of lack of funding.
"If we were contacted and informed
about the show, we would have made it
happen, but there are certain things that
must happen before a wrestling card is put
on, for instance fighters must be properly
insured by the organisers and proper ar-
rangements regarding work permit etc must
be made also.
There must also be a full compliment of
medical personnel at events to guard against
severe injuries or death," Williams said.
He is calling of government to cover the
rent of the facility on George Street for his
association so that there can be an imme-
diate start of wrestling in T&T. Interested
persons can contact Williams at 623-1821
or 471- 5567.
Caribbean runners populate
start lists for new season
MONACO--Top Caribbean ath-
letes have been popping up in the
starting lists for meets in the early
part of the IAAF Diamond League
Organisers of the Shanghai Classic
in China announced on Wednesday
that Olympic double champion Elaine
Thompson of Jamaica will be one of
eight Olympic finalists that will ap-
pear in either the women's 100 metres
or men's 200m on May 13, with four past
or present Olympic champions among
Her main rivals are expected to be
Olympic silver medallist Tori Bowie,
plus World and Olympic long jump
champion Tianna Bartoletta, Olympic
100 and 200 finalists Michelle-Lee Ahye
of Trinidad & Tobago and Marie-Josée
Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast.
The high-class field also includes
Thompson's compatriot Veronica
Campbell-Brown, the 2004 and 2008
Olympic 100 champion and 2011 World
champion over the distance.
Curaçao-born Netherlands sprinter
Churandy Martina and Jamaica's Ju-
lian Forte will face the starter for the
men's 200, while veteran Kim Collins
of St Kitts & Nevis will be one of two
former World champions to meet in the
non-Diamond League men's 100.
Organisers of the Prefontaine Classic
in the city of Eugene in the American
state of Oregon have announced that
former World junior 400 metres hur-
dles champion Janieve Russell of Jamaica
is down to take part on May 27 at the
Hayward Field track.
The 23-year-old Russell reached the
final of the women's 400 hurdles at the
Olympics last year in Rio, Brazil, where
she finished seventh, but she faces a field
loaded with top contenders.
Olympic 400 hurdles champion Dali-
lah Muhammad of the United States will
lead the charge in the race, which also
includes Czech Republic's Zuzana He-
jnova, the 2013 and 2015 World cham-
pion and a two-time Diamond League
They will be joined by Denmark's Sara
Petersen, the 2016 Olympic silver med-
allist, who will be racing in the United
States for the first time. The reigning
European champion clocked her 53.55
lifetime best in Rio.
American Ashley Spencer, the Rio
bronze medallist, fills out the 2016
Olympic podium reunion.
Organisers of Doha meet said the
men's triple jump promises yet another
exciting competition when all three Rio
2016 medallists -- Christian Taylor, Will
Claye and Bin Dong -- meet again.
American Taylor, whose parents are
from Barbados, became the youngest
back-to-back winner of Olympic tri-
ple jump titles last year. The 2015 world
champion has won the last five succes-
sive overall IAAF Diamond League titles
and will be looking to win his third Doha
Diamond League crown.
His American teammate Claye, who
finished runner-up in the Rio 2016 and
London 2012 Olympic Games, and Chi-
na's Bin Dong, the reigning World indoor
champion, who jumped just one centi-
metre short of the Asian record in Rio
to claim the bronze, are likely to pose
his biggest challenge.
The men's 100 will produce a line-up
that features sprint legends and emerg-
ing stars headlined by American Justin
Gatlin and Canadian Andre de Grasse,
as well as Asafa Powell of Jamaica and
Kerron Clements, the T&T-born,
reigning Olympic men's 400 hurdles
champion of the United States, will
renew his rivalry with Rio 2016 Olym-
pic silver medallist Bonface Mucheru
of Kenya and face new sensation Ab-
The 21-year-old Samba of South Af-
rica stunned the track world last week,
when he ran a world-leading time and
personal best of 48.31 seconds in only
his third trip over the distance.
Michelle-Lee Ahye...T&T's sprint sensation.
Thunderbolt Williams...ex wrestler, now T&TWA
president wants to revive the sport.
May 5 -- Doha, Qatar
May 12 -- Shanghai, China
May 27 -- Eugene, United States
June 8 -- Rome, Italy
June 15 -- Oslo, Norway
June 18 -- Stockholm, Sweden
July 1 -- Paris, France
July 6 -- Lausanne, Switzerland
July 9 -- London, United Kingdom
July 16 -- Rabat, Morocco
July 21 -- Monaco
August 20 -- Birmingham, United
August 24 -- Zurich, Switzerland
September 1 -- Brussels, Belgium
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