Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 4th 2017 Contents ANDRE E BAPTISTE
As team T&T athletes get ready for an
assault on London World Championships
which speeds-off today, two of the sports
leading administrators believe that it will
be very competitive and the team will have
to be on top of its respective forms. Both
however, agree that four medals is a pos-
sibility given the talent on display.
Hasely Crawford, the 1976 Montreal Olym-
pic games 100 metres sprint champion and the
country's top sporting hero, who is attending
the IAAF Congress in London told Guardian
Media Sports yesterday that the Championship
will be about the character of the athletes, he
said: "It is about belly, how much you want it,
that burning feeling when you put it all out there
and just leave nothing. It is tough. There's so
much competition these days in all aspects of
He revealed: "We have some quality athletes,
but these championships will be about hunger,
who wants it the most, our team can deliver
once they all continue to put in the work and
effort, so I am hopeful."
Crawford believes the T&T contingent can re-
turn home with four medals, "We can get medals
in the javelin (Keshorn Walcott), Men's 4x400
metres, Women's 4x100 metres and Machel
Cedenio in the 400 metres. There are others
like the ladies in the individual sprint events,
and also Jareem Richards in the 200 metres.
They should qualify for the finals," Crawford
Meanwhile, President of the National As-
sociation of Athletic Administrators (NAAA,)
Ephraim Serrette, who is also attending the
congress meeting agrees with Crawford and
said: "It is not going to be easy, it never is, you
are going to have to go out there on the day and
earn your medal, fight hard and get your reward,
this is what it is about at these championships."
Serrette also stated that: "This years Congress
has been quite interesting the presentations cer-
tainly have added value to the entire process
and the way forward for the sport."
Serrette, who met with the team earlier in the
weeks told Guardian Media Sports that: "The
Spirit among the athletes is quite good, the team
is in good spirits and very expectant. When I was
there we were only waiting on Keshorn Walcott,
Rubin Walters and Jareem Richards to join up
the squad. I'm looking at four medals at least,
in the javelin, 4x400 meters and 4x100
meters men and women's relays.
"We may also have a number of
athletes reaching finals and once
you have achieved a final eight
place, anything is then possible,
we have the women and they are
showing good individual form,
and their times are encouraging
Guardian Media Sports was also
informed that the High Commissioner
of London, Orville London, has been assisting
the T&T team during its stay in London and
was due to meet with the contingent last night.
According to Crawford: "We have to thanks the
High Commission, they have been involved in
assisting with the athletes with transportation
and providing other support so far."
Now as the world waits on Usain Bolt to win
the men's 100 metres finals at the 2017 World
Championships, first he will have to qualify in
the preliminary round which runs-off today.
For T&T Emmanuel Callender, 2017 national
100 metres champion, who is based in Jamaican
and Keston Bledman will compete from 3.20
pm (TT time).
Callender, who became national sprint cham-
pion for the time this year when he sped to the
title in June, remains very focused on the job at
hand, while Bledman appears to be slowly com-
ing back to himself within the last few weeks.
Both men know that it will probably require a
sub 10 time to qualify for the semi-final, much
less to win a medal in tomorrow's final.
Dexter Voisin, the manager of the team said:
"With regards to the team including the guys for
tomorrow (Friday), we have provided and
continue to provide all the administra-
tive, medical and technical support
to the athletes for them to perform
based on their training and their
projected world championships
goals. A number of our athletes have
been joined by their personal coaches
after our departure from our training
camp. There are no injury concerns, no
signs of physical or mental concerns."
Both Callender and Bledman are key to the
4x100 metres relay team as T&T seek to make
a major impact on these games, particularly
with many writing them off back home, giv-
en their recent performances on the track at
Meanwhile, Voisin continued: "We accom-
plished our goals at the Camp, for those who
attended, they were able to acclimatized them-
selves in preparation for their respective events
and the weather conditions here. We were able
to build camaraderie and go through our relay
practice sessions. I would say the camp was a
guardian.co.tt Friday, August 4, 2017
T&T's 1976 Olympic Games 100 metres
champion, Hasely Crawford, left, and Ephraim
Serrette, president of the NAAA at the IAAF
Congress in London, England yesterday.
PHOTO: COURTESY ANDRE BAPTISTE
Knight Riders ready to dim Stars
Trinbago Knight Riders'
South African opening batsman
Hashim Amla has been ruled out
of the 2017 Hero CPL with injury.
This was confirmed yesterday by
team coach Simon Katich as the
Knight Riders prepare to go into
action in the new season of the
tournament from 9pm tonight
against the St Lucia Stars at the
Darren Sammy National Cricket
"We're looking at replacements at
the moment but we can't confirm an-
ything," Katich told Guardian Media
He added: "We're obviously going
to have to get documents sorted be-
fore we can actually confirm who it
is before we can say anything."
Katich, who is taking the TKR
reigns for the very first time as head
coach, said that while he is disap-
pointed not to have Amla's servic-
es this year, he thinks his team can
adapt, stating: "Obviously Brendon
McCullum will open as he normally
does and there's every chance Sunil
Narine could open, that's obviously
Dwayne's call but we've got a number
of options there and a pretty flexible
batting line up. Once we know what
the wicket looks like, we'll go from
The TKR team, captained by
Dwayne Bravo, landed in St Lucia
pushing their chests out, as they have
dominated the St Lucian franchise
in the CPL, winning five of the eight
clashes, losing two, with one ending
in a washout.
The TKR had a wonderful prepara-
tion heading into the match, winning
their warm-up games in Trinidad
where ace batsman Darren Bravo has
looked in fine form. A lot will depend
on the left-hander on a track that is
expected to be good for batting.
Also, in good touch is New Zea-
lander Colin Munroe, who blasted a
46-ball century in the first warm-up
match against the TTCB XI. Fellow
New Zealander Brendan McCullum
joined the team in St Lucia and is a
key member of the set up and is hap-
py to be in the mix yet again.
He said: "We need to pitch in and
support each other. We have good
variety in the squad and once we get
on a winning roll, that will be great.
I enjoy coming here to play with the
team and the beauty of it all, is de-
veloping each other. You can't stop
learning and even at 35, I am learning
and trying new things."
Dispelling any doubts about the
fitness of his captain, who has not
played competitively since being in-
jured out of the Australian Big Bash
tournament in December last year,
Katich said, "Dwayne has been ex-
cellent, he's going to be a vital part as
skipper. He has had a lengthy lay-off
with injury so he'll be looking to get
back out there. He'll be keen and I'm
sure he'll have plenty of energy."
Aside from Bravo's versatile me-
dium pace, the TKR set up will be
depending heavily on spin, as they
have the world class Narine in their
ranks, joined by young Pakistani
spinner Shadab Khan and Mehedi
Hassan from Bangladesh.
And while Bravo's team will be
coming up against a strong Darren
Sammy-led outfit---Sammy being
one of the most successful captains in
the history of T20 cricket---TKR team
operations manager, Colin Borde, is
confident that TKR can engineer a
win, saying, "The guys have really
prepared well, the coach has gotten
into the groove and the team has done
well here before and the core of the
team remains, so the experience is
there and that brings confidence. The
players are already gelling nicely and
for this skipper Dwayne Bravo must
take credit. He has that ability to get
the best out of his players and they
are all ready to play for him."
McCullum was also in high praise
of Bravo: "I have played for Chennai,
Gujrat Lions and a Pakistani team
with Bravo and I know him really
well, he is a leader of men. He is
emotional about Trinbago, so wants
to lead well. The people of this team
really like that and we can't wait to
play under him and do well for him."
Off spinner Sunil Narine proudly
poses in the Trinbago Knight Riders
new kit. The team tried this new
look out for the first time yesterday
in St Lucia.
In spite of Amla's absence...
Crawford, Serrette eye four medals
IAAF World Championships
Trinbago Knight Riders Head Coach,
Simon Katich, at yesterday's presser
ahead of tonight's CPL opener
against the St Lucia Stars, at the
Darren Sammy National Cricket
Stadium, St Lucia. PHOTOS: TKR
TKR: Dwayne Bravo (capt), Darren Bravo,
Hamza Tariq, Kevon Cooper, Brendan McCul-
lum, Mehedi Hasan, Colin Munroe, William
Perkins, Sunil Narine, Anderson Phillip, Denesh
Ramdin, Nikita Miller, Shadab Khan, Ronsford
Beaton and Javon Searles.
St Lucia Stars: Darren Sammy (capt), Johnson
Charles, Sunil Ambris, Rakheem Cornwall, An-
dre Fletcher, Kamran Akmal, Eddie Leie, Keddy
Lesporis, Mitchel McCleganhan, Kyle Mayers,
Tamil Patel, Jesse Ryder, Jerome Taylor, Shane
Watson, Marlon Samuel, David Miller, Lasith
HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
August 4, 2016 - TKR won by 5 wkts.
July 26, 2016 - TKR won by 3 wkts.
June 29, 2016 - St Lucia Stars won 6 wkts.
July 14, 2015 - St Lucia won by 4 wkts.
July 21, 2015 - No result.
August 2, 2014 - TKR won by 8 wkts.
July 29, 2014 - TKR won by 9 wkts.
August 17, 2013 - TKR won by 6 wkts.
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