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Stickfighting competition back on
The National Carnival Commis-
sion (NCC) and stick fighters have
reached an agreement that will see
the National Stick Fighting Com-
petition take place next week, but
without two of the biggest names in
Valiant Brothers O’Neil’ Odel and
Rio Claro Gayelle’s Selwyn John,
who have dominated the King of the Rock contest
in recent years were not satisfied with the increase
in prize monies from the NCC. The stage was set-up
and hundreds and fans flooded the St Mary’s Basket-
ball Court in Moruga last Friday when the stick fight-
ers staged a boycott over the prize structure.
Boismen demanded that the King of the Rock prize
be increased from $20,000 to $60,000 while the
Kings of the Gayelle move from $35,000 to $80,000.
This was a reduction of an initial demand of $80,000
A 58-year-old from Belmont was murdered in Barataria
on Wednesday night.
According to reports, around 8.45 pm, Russell Seaton,
of St Francois Valley Road, Belmont, was at his former
common-law wife’s home at Sixth Avenue, Barataria.
She told police that she went into the kitchen and left
Seaton in the living room when she was startled by a se-
ries of gunshots.
She found Seaton bleeding on a sofa. He was pro-
nounced dead at the scene by a District Medical Officer
(DMO). Homicide detectives had not established a motive
for the murder, up to late yesterday. His killing raised the
murder toll for the year to 62.
Investigations are continuing.
Barataria killing marks
62 murders for January
and $100,000 for the top prizes in the re-
Odel told the T&T Guardian yesterday
that while stickfighters have agreed to go on
with the show, many were still disgruntled.
His brothers, Ronald and Donald Lewis, are
expected to participate in Wednesday’s com-
petition along with others, who said they
conceded only to ensure the artform lives on.
“It was not acceptable and I told the NCC
that I will not be part of the competition
this year. You can’t be spending $200,00o
for infrastructure and a stickman can’t get
$60,000. After a stickfighting competition
and a stickman gets wounded, you have to
fend for yourself. You only get your money
two months after. It’s like spending millions
to build a big house but furnish it with plas-
tic. They have stick fighters down as illiter-
ates; we can’t read or write. That was a long
time with those older folks, but the younger
folks aren’t the same,” Odel said.
Following several discussions this week,
the NCC raised the Kings of the Gayelle prizes
to $40,000, $30,000 and $20,000 from first
place to third place respectively.
The King of the Rock will win $15,000
while the runner-up gets $10,000. NCC chair-
man Colin Lucas said that since the prelim-
inary competition was squashed, they will
forgo the semifinals and hold one competi-
tion in Clifton Hill, Point Fortin from 7 pm,
In addition to the prizes, Lucas said drum-
mers, chantuelles and ringmasters will also
“The thing that is of biggest importance is
that I realised now that there was never any
intention to disregard or disrespect anyone.
I think what drove their actions last Friday
was a wrong feeling, but they realised that
with the subsequent disclosure of the disa-
greement and what was affordable by the
NCC, we sorted things out. It was a question
of budget and our ability to pay,” Lucas said.
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