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Friday, March 2, 2018
I support Concacaf
t is always been good sense to view unsuccess-
ful situations carefully before deciding to make
drastic changes. This statement goes for almost
any area in life, where times have changed
and the call for adjustment and sometimes
complete change processes, should enter our
The Concacaf has just taken a decision to restruc-
ture the format of the long reigning Gold Cup compe-
tition in a manner which seem superficially adequate,
but somewhat complex when viewed from all aspects
of the original formula of many years ago. The in-
crease number of qualifying teams will not be chal-
Originally, the venues for tournament finals were
often directed towards the USA and Mexico, until it
appeared to bring success to the Mexicans more reg-
ularly than expected by the Americans.
Then the host country has been the USA alone,
leaving the other countries to have to strategise ten
times more, in relation to travel arrangements, time
changes, climate conditions and in some unusual sit-
uations where the inability to get some selected play-
ers from some Caribbean countries deprived through
Visa permission, from travelling to the tournament.
It is not surprising that the two major countries USA
and Mexico have always been victors of the Gold Cup.
Admittedly, the input from other countries have im-
proved considerably and names like Costa Rica, Pan-
ama, Jamaica, Haiti, and T&T, challenged profusely,
not consistently, to keep the dream of winning the
Gold cup sometime in the future.
Because of my method of studying changes care-
fully before a reply one way or the other, I shall bring
the details of my observation so that readers can make
their own decisions.
Pending U-16 Pro League campaign
I wish to discuss the recent decisions of our Under-
16 national squad members which are preparing for
age group competitions later this year.
My information through the media is that these
young selected players have been asked to sign forms
to play in the youth division as members of a youth
arm of a Pro League team.
Reports are that parents are challenging the deci-
sion of the proposal, especially since their sons have
been asked to sign forms even before some of the par-
ents were aware of same.
In the first place, in International football, there is
a rule which calls for parents to be the signatories for
their children when it comes to legal documents and
this falls into that category.
This is a practice which the ruling body (The TTFA)
must pay close attention too, especially when these
youngsters are still at school and their future partic-
ipation in obtaining football scholarships in North
American universities can be affected because of op-
erating within the professional ranks of competition.
It also appears to invite these youngsters to leave
their commitment to their schools in order to enter
this decision for the U-16’s to play elsewhere.
These extraordinary decisions need to be addressed
seriously by taking all aspects of movement into con-
sideration in a manner which does not conflict with
the association’s constitution or even the academic
and football educational rulings which may be unfair
to the students and schools or even unethical to par-
ents and children themselves.
I will seek to examine the value of such a move and
try to document the reasoning positively or adversely
for the benefit of the sport itself and also the students.
T&T t-tennis men, women
qualify for CACSO Games
T&T senior men’s and women’s table
tennis teams have qualified to compete
at the Central American and Caribbean
Sports Organisation (CACSO) Games.
This after both teams were assured
of top eight finishers when the 2018
CACSO Games Special Qualifying Table
Tennis Event continued at the Sports
City Coliseum, Havana, Cuba yesterday.
Today, the national men’s team with-
out the services of ace player and reign-
ing national champion, Aaron Wilson,
will play for seventh spot against Bar-
bados or El Salvador after a 3-0 loss to
rivals Guyana in their fifth to eighth
semifinal after losing to Venezuela 3-0
in the quarterfinals followed by a simi-
lar result against the Guyanese in their
fifth to eight semifinal, with all three
matches going five sets in the latter
Against Guyana, T&T’s Yuvraaj
Dookram came up short against
Shamar Britton, 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 7-11, 10-
12, while teammate Arun Roopnarine
was edged out by Nigel Bryan 7-11, 11-5,
8-11, 11-8, 9-11, and Curtis Humphreys
and Dookram were upstaged by Joel
Alleyne and Bryan 9-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12,
Earlier in the morning session, in the
quarterfinals, Luis Vanegas rallied past
Dookram 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-7 and Marco
Navas scolded Roopnarine 11-4, 11-7, 11-6
to put their team, within a win of a sem-
However, Humphreys and Dookram
kept T&T alive by beating Vanegas and
Jose Barcelo in the doubles, 11-6, 11-9,
12-10, only for Barcelo to brush aside
Roopnarine 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 and secure
his team’s victory.
On Wednesday night, the local men’s
were beaten by top ranked Dominican
Republic 3-0 in their opening Pool A
match in the morning rebounded to de-
feat eighth ranked Honduras 3-1 to seal
second spot and a quarterfinal birth
which quaranteed a spot at the CACSO
Games later this year in Colombia.
Humphreys won the opening match
for T&T in the best-of-five series when
he overcame Oscar Valeriano 11-9,
11-6, 8-11, 11-3 and his WASA club-mate
Dookram made it 2-0 with a come-
from-behind 7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9 win
against Jose Urbina.
Roopnarine and Humphreys then
had a chance to complete the sweep
for T&T, but they were upstaged by Al-
fredo Lopez and Oliver Mendoza in the
doubles 6-11, 5-11, 9-11 before Dookram
cooled his teammates nerves with an
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 defeat of Lopez to seal the
3-1 and the runner-up spot in the three-
team play behind Dominican Republic
which also blanked Honduras 3-0 for a
perfect 2-0 record.
The national women’s team of Brit-
tany Joseph, Catherine Spicer, Linda
Partap-Joseph and 12-time national
champion Aleena Edwards were carded
to meet Mexico last night for fifth spot.
It would have marked the second
meeting in one day for both teams after
the Latin Americans denied T&T a sem-
ifinal spot via a 3-0 beating in their final
Pool B match. With the win, Mexico
ended second behind El Salvador with
2-1 record while T&T was third at 1-2,
and Barbados (0-3), last.
After losing to second seeded El Sal-
vador, 3-0 in their opening match on
Wednesday morning, the sixth ranked
T&T women brushed aside neighbours
Barbados 3-0 but was then beaten by
In the win over the Barbadians, na-
tional women’s champion and winner
of the women’s Classified crown on
Sunday last, 19-year-old Joseph out-
played Jazel Griffith 11-6, 11-1, 5-11, 11-1
for a 1-0 advantage.
Spicer doubled T&T’s lead by beating
Janae Lewis 11-2, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10 before
she paired with Linda Partap-Boodhan
in an 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 defeat of Kenady
King and Lewis.
However, against the Mexicans, the
locals stumbled with Spicer losing to
Yadira Silva 8-11, 6-11, 10-12 and Joseph
falling to Alejandrina Mendez 8-11, 7-11,
6-11 while Spicer and Partap-Boodhan
were beaten 4-11, 5-11,9-11 in the doubles
by Marbella and Mendez.
In Pool A, Venezuela trounced Guate-
mala 3-0 and versus Guyana which had
beaten the top seeded Central Ameri-
cans 3-2 on Wednesday morning.
With only seven teams registered in
the women’s qualifiers, all participants
were assured of places at the CACSO
Games as the top eight teams from the
The men and women qualifiers from
in Cuba join the four national associa-
tions who receive direct entries.
Cuba and Puerto Rico receive direct
entries to the CACSO Games in both the
men and women competition as well as
Following the completion of the
CACSO Games qualifiers, the Latin
American Table Tennis Championship
will serve off on March 4 to March 9.
Flashback: Curtis Humphreys, right, of WASA Table Tennis Club and Catherine Spicer of
PowerGen show off their Men’s A-Division and Women’s Open categories winners
trophies at the conclusion of the Classified Table Tennis Championship hosted by the
T&T Table Tennis Association (T&TTTA) at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua, on
March 23, 2017.
PICTURE COURTESY T&TTTA
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