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Issue 101 • Friday, August 16, 2013
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This can't be real, right? But no,
there it was, staring me in the eye-
hole from Ato Boldon's Facebook page.
Ato, who's in Moscow doing colour
commentary for NBC's coverage of the
IAAF World Championships, is one of
the people who I check up on daily. His
finger is always on the pulse of world
athletics and is one of mentors in
broadcasting. So I had to click that
Lawrence's Express scoop blaring out
the "dope" on the latest busted doper.
"Like is a joke now orwah?"
I really had to ask myself what re-
ally going on here.
By now, the news of Kelly-Ann Bap-
tiste's withdrawal from Worlds will be
widely known, and---hopefully---she
and the NAAA would have announced
what substance accounted for the ad-
verse analytical finding. (The fact that
the NAAA would need 48 hours to
issue a statement is beyond compre-
hension, but I'm not their communica-
tions officer. Nor am I the athlete's PR
However, at my press time, these
facts were still not disclosed, so I can-
not discuss the specifics of Baptiste's
positive test for banned substances.
But, once again I hasten to add that
WADA doesn't test for chewing gum
and an extra spoonful of pepper in her
doubles won't have triggered a red
flag in anyone's laboratory.
Semoy Hackett, who also had to
leave Moscow, was re-banned by the
IAAF for a violation that took place
Hackett had served a six month
suspension that ran till March of last
year for a 2011 failed test, however,
she had another positive test for the
same substance, Methylhexaneamine,
a few months later, in June 2012. It is
not immediately clear how she was
cleared to compete by the NAAA.
Both situations with these two ath-
letes had the cumulative effect of dev-
astating whatever chances our
women had in the 4x100m relay.
(Note: While writing this column,
the semifinals of the women's 100m
were running off and the lone remain-
ing T&T athlete, Michelle-Lee Ahye,
had just placed fifth in the first of
three heats, her time of 11.33 14th
overall---way off her personal best of
11.06, which would have seen her into
Competitive issues aside, this situa-
tion is not one that should die down
anytime soon, and I---as well as most
of the world of athletics---am eager to
hear what the Baptiste has to say for
herself; what the NAAA has to say in
its own defense; and what the IAAF
will present to the Court of Arbitration
of Sport to support the absolute need
to pursue the case against Hackett.
Like they say in the cartoons..."Tune
in next week!"
...Over in the men's camp at the
Luzhniki Stadium in
who is a very fast Trini,
and Richard Thompson,
who is another very
fast Trini, both folded
their hand early in that
Thompson has been
carrying an injury since
mid-last year has
struggled with consis-
tency during his return.
At his age, 28, and with
three long comeback years to go till
the Rio Olympics, Thompson is not
about to risk a premature end to his
career just to prove something on the
track. He already has precious metal
from two Olympic games and the
2009 Worlds, so just making a final
ain't saying nutting he ain't already
Bledman, though, one has to won-
der if the early departure of his train-
ing partner, Kelly-Ann Baptiste (see
story above) had got into his head
space. It's tough enough doing it with-
out the distractions, eh, so watching
all that going on without his friend and
teammate could throw a brother off
Hopefully, both these guys will get
it all together by Sunday, when the
4x100m relays start.
The long-awaited Caribbean Pro-
fessional League has finally kicked off.
I had purposefully left this one alone,
for fear of anyone accusing me of
bringing a wet rag. Well, judging from
the crowd turnouts all across the re-
gion, the Limacol CPL T20 is a hit with
Sadly, the T&T franchise is a pale
shadow of the T&T team that lead the
regional T20 series.
The professional franchises of the
CPL have all drawn from the various
regional teams, with the addition of
brand-name foreigners, who---it was
hoped---would add spice and flavour
to the proceedings.
One former West Indies player
(whom I shall not name) said that the
CPL was to the IPL like "sweet drink"
is to champagne. I'm guessing he
won't be lining up outside the Oval to
watch any matches anytime soon.
He'll be alone in that respect, because
everywhere that matches have been
played we see stands and pavilions
packed to capacity with raucous fans
of all ages, screaming their lungs out
and wining low.
Somehow, though, the fact that
we're having a knock-up down here
has failed to pop up on the radar of the
international news agencies. A brief
scan of the Sydney Herald and the
Times of India sports pages turn up
with a duck---zero coverage of the CPL.
Even on the espncricinfo.com site, the
CPL hardly ever features on the front
page (though there is a CPL item on
the pull-down menu on the Series tab,
so that's gotta count for something,
But is that going to be enough to
keep sponsors interested?
Investors have come aboard the
franchises, with the Barbados Tri-
dents securing an interest from Holly-
wood actor and former b-boy, Mark
Whalberg. Limacol, the title sponsor
of the league, will expect a little more
heat than just the regional audiences
where, I'm sure, their brand is more
than secure in the market.
The WICB, who have handed over
the commercial rights to this highly lu-
crative tournament to a private com-
pany, will at least be happy to see that
the fans are turning out for the
matches. Ticket prices were roughly
20-50 per cent higher than when last
the Caribbean T20 played at the
Oval---from the legitimate box office,
in any case. Last week, scalpers were
getting as much as $300 for a ticket.
This year's Champions League
Twenty20 (CLT20) tournament
will be held in India from 17
September to 6 October, and
will be the last time T&T Red
Force will participate as a team.
I'm not the kind of sports-
writer that plays fan-boy to any
sport or athlete. I call it as I see
it, and the way I see it, the CPL
has a ways to go before I can
feel confident of a CPL fran-
chise surpassing the quality of
the Red Force that dominated
the format in the region. There-
fore, by that measure, the CPL
franchises will be in line for a lot of
stick when the winner goes up against
the rest of the world in the 2014. But
that's next year. For the time being,
we have to wine low to the rhythms of
Just another step closer to obtaining "legend" status for
Usain Bolt, who also added to his six Olympic titles and
his world records in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).
Lots to answer for: Kelly-Ann Baptiste
withdraws from World Championships
after testing positive for a banned
T&T Red Steel's Adrian Barath carves
one through the off side on his way to 38
runs against the Antigua Hawksbills.
Fans at the Oval, Port-of-Spain, have themselves a
blast at the Limacol CPLT20 when T&T Red Steel
beat the Antigua Hawksbills by one run on Sunday
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