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Cabinet grants TTFA
land for Home of Football
After over 100 years of not having a
home, the TTFA is much closer to real-
ising this dream as the cabinet of T&T
has approved to lease an undisclosed
amount of land in close proximity to
the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva,to the
T&T Football Association (TTFA) for
the development of an official 'Home
Earlier this year, the Association was suc-
cessful in securing the Ato Boldon Stadi-
um to house its official offices and now will
embark on development of a Training and
Technical Centre on surrounding land, in
a two-phased project.
The first phase according to president of
the TTFA David John Williams, will include
the construction of player accommodations,
two additional training pitches to be flood-
lit, together with ancillary facilities and a
beach soccer pitch. John Williams told
Guardian Media Sports that this phase is
expected to be completed within a six month
period however several steps must satisfied
before construction begins; such as attain-
ing the final lease as well as tendering the
project publicly. The second phase will in-
clude four additional pitches comprising
of both artificial and natural grass surfaces
and a futsal court.
Additionally, the TTFA has received
approval from FIFA to restart the Income
Generation Project which was stalled under
the previous administration. The original
income generation project was centred
around merchandising but John Williams
noted that this time around the project will
now be of a different nature as FIFA has
approved that the funding be use to con-
struct an entertainment centre inclusive
of a sports bar, restaurant and other novel
ideas such as small-sided football fields as
well as basic playing arenas for other sports.
This income generation project will capture
not only the patrons who attend local and
international events at the state of the art
Cycling Velodrome and Aquatic Centre and
the nearby National Cricket Centre but also
other guests who may chose to experience
all attractions at the Home of Football.
The full project could be completed within
a two-year window and the TTFA believes
that the entire undertaking is a key step
towards the FA's strive to be self-sustain-
able and to raise additional revenue that will
assist in the development of the country's
football which is so badly needed.
The TTFA thanked the Prime Minis-
ter, and his Cabinet and by extension the
Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the
support it has given over the past 12 months.
Roopnarine, Mahabir advance in Caribbean T/tennis
T&T duo Arun Roopnarine and Cana-
da-based David Mahabir enjoyed a busy
but productive day of competition when
the 59th Senior Caribbean Table Tennis
Federation Championship continued in
Havana, Cuba, yesterday.
The local pair, T&T's only participants at
the competition, combined for the round-
of-32 in the men's doubles against Guyana's
Joel Alleyne and Nigel Bryan and came away
with an 11-5, 12-10, 11-7 win to set up a clash
with Puerto Rico's Sebastien Echevarria and
Gabriel Perez in the last-16, yesterday.
However, the Roopnarine and Mahabir
went down to the Puerto Ricans, 11-6, 5-11,
9-11, 11-4, 11-5. The semifinals and gold
medal matches were carded for last night
in the men's doubles.
Also yesterday, Roopnarine went under
to Dominican Republic's Emil Santos 2-11,
5-11, 4-11 but defeated Martinique's Chris-
tian Victorin 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 to advance as
the runner-up in Group Two of the men's
Singles round-robin stage while 64-year-
old Mahabir, a former T&T champion and
winner of the recent national veterans sin-
gles crown, was beaten by Barbadian Trevor
Farley, 7-10, 10-12, 4-11 before beating St
Lucian Adrian Albert 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 in
Group 12 and also earned a spot in the main
draw knockout stage.
On Thursday, Roopnarine served off
his campaign when he took part in a
three-player Group Four round-robin
outlasting Barbadian Tyrese Knight 11-9,
7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 and losing to Puerto
Rico's Gabriel Perez 7-11, 9-11, 10-12 in the
Men's Under-21 Division singles to reach
the last-16 while Mahabir, competing in
the Masters Over-45 spanked Jamaica's Mi-
chael, Guyana's George Nicholas and Cuban
Ardrian Hernandez all in three sets to storm
into the semifinals and certain of a medal.
Walcott fifth in Monaco
Keshorn Walcott was far off his best
and had to settle for fifth place in the
men's javelin event at the 30th Herculis
EBS meeting in Monaco, yesterday.
Walcott's furthest throw measured 80.15
metres at the meet which is the 11th stop of
the IAAF Diamond League series.
It was not enough to challenge the likes of
Germany's Thomas Rohler, who won with
an 89.17 metre heave. Second was Czech Re-
public's Jakub Vadlejch with an 85.43 metre
throw while Johannes Vetter, another Ger-
man, was third with 85.14 metres. Ahmed
Bader Magour of Qatar, placed just ahead of
Walcott in fourth place with 81.61.
Walcott got a clear indication of where he
is at, ahead of the World Athletics Champi-
onships set to come off from August 4-13 in
London, England. The two-time Olympic
medallist will face some of these same com-
petitors at the world event.
However, the spotlight was on Jamaican
Usain Bolt as he proved once again that he
is the man to beat in London, running his
50th sub-10 seconds race. The triple Olym-
pic champion and world record holder over
both the 100 and 200 metre sprints, took
the win in the men's 100m in Monaco which
was almost certainly his last 100m race in a
Diamond League meeting as he is expected
to retire after the London World Champi-
Racing in Herculis EBS for the first time
since 2011 and in front of a full stadium, the
Jamaican superstar crossed in a season's
best 9.95 seconds. Following him to the
line was American Isiah Young (9.98) and
Akani Simbine of South Africa (10.02), in
second and third place respectively. Earlier,
South African Wayde Van Niekerk was also
impressive on the Louis II track establishing
a new meet record, improving the old record
by more than a second.
The Olympic champion won in 43.73 ahead
of Isaac Makwala of Botswana, who ran a
season's best 43.84. It is the first time two
men have gone sub-43.9 in the same race.
Third was Baboloki Thebe in 44.26. (RK)
Colthrust cops T&T's first
medal at Youth Games
Adell Colthrust created history on Thursday
evening at the Commonwealth Youth Games
(CYG) capturing T&T's first ever gold medal
when he won the boy's 100 metres currently
under way in Nassau, Bahamas.
At the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium on
the opening night of track and field, the Carifta U-18
sprint champion got to the line in 10.55 seconds, ahead
of Jamaican Kevon Stone (10.59) and the host nation's
Adrian Curry (10.61).
In the girls' version of the race, Akidah Lewis placed
fourth in her semifinal in 12.24 and did not advance
to the final.
Yesterday, both Colthrust and Lewis were expected
to race in the 200m but neither started.
Also, on Thursday T&T's Ianna Roach just missed
out on a medal in the girls' shot put, placing fourth
with her best throw reaching 15.12 metres.
T&T's team of Devaughn Martin and Daynte Stew-
art was able to hold off Jamaica's Javarie James and
Daunte Smith, 2-1 to claim ninth place in the boys'
beach volleyball competition. The local duo won the
first set 21-14 but the Jamaicans fought back in the
second. In the final set though, Martin and Stewart
regained their composure to win it 15-10.
The local girls' team of Tsyan Selvon and Ebony
Williams was not successful in their bid for seventh
spot, losing 2-1, to Bahamas pair LaTavia Braynen
and Mechelle Moss.
T&T muscled its way past Bermuda, to secure fifth
place in the girls' rugby sevens competition as the
local rugby players topped their opponents, 29-0.
At the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Com-
plex, Jeron Thompson was again hoping to reach the
final in the 100m breaststroke event but it was not
to be. Thompson touched the wall in third place in
1:05.46 in heat three, not quick enough to advance.
He will get one more chance at glory when he swims
in heat four in the 50m freestyle today.
T&T boxer Nickelle Joseph was beaten by Aaron
Bowen of England, 5-0 on points in their boys 75 kg
quarterfinal bout late Thursday. And T&T pair of
Aidan Carter and Emma-Rose Trestrail dominated
their opponents in round one of the mixed double
competition, downing Kiribati duo Bauro Lambourne
and Kaoa Fakaofo, 6-0, 6-0 and moved on to the quar-
terfinals. There they met the South African team of
Siphosothando Montsi and Minette Van Vreden and
fell to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat.
Preview of the first phase of the TTFA's Technical Centre. PHOTO: TTFA MEDIA
St Fort repeats as
Pan Am sprint champ
Local sprinting star Khalifa St Fort sizzled on
the track in Trujillo, Peru yesterday, to repeat as
the women's 100 metres champion at the Pan
American Under-20 Championships.
The national junior champion grabbed the gold
medal in a time of 11.32 seconds performance to
easily win the dash.
St Fort, who had advanced to the medal race earlier
with the fastest qualifying time of 11.64, was out the
blocks quickly and raced to the head of the pack some
25 metres into the race, was never really challenged
by her opponents. American Rebekah Smith got the
silver medal in 11.55 while another US athlete Symone
Mason took home the bronze.
Jalen Purcell did not place among the top three fin-
ishers, crossing fifth in 10.68 in the men's 100m final.
Taking gold was USA's Tarrik Brock Junior in 10.45 in
a negative 0.4 wind. Brazilians Paulo A Camileo de
Oliviera (10.46) and Felipe Bardi dos Santos (10.47)
were second and third, respectively.
Purcell reached the final after crossing second in
heat two in 10.76. Jerod Elcock's time of 10.81 was
not quick enough to get him into the final.
Judah Taylor was the lone T&T quartermiler to reach
the final in the men's 400m but he placed sixth in
Over on the field, Konnel Jacob's throw of 51.28 me-
tres placed him ninth in the men's discus event. (RK)
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