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Top T&T swimmer George
Bovell has set his sights on
medalling at the 2016 Rio de
Janeiro Olympics, which he
believes will be possible once he
receives the proper backing.
Bovell made the comments dur-
ing a welcome ceremony held in
his honour at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad in Port-of-Spain yes-
The 30-year-old recently won
a bronze medal in the 50m freestyle
at the recent FINA World Cham-
pionships in Barcelona in a national
record time of 21.51 as well as one
gold (100m IM) and two bronze
(50m Free, 100m IM) medals at
FINA World Cup Series events in
Holland and Germany.
Addressing the media alongside
his coach and Minister of Sport
Anil Roberts, he said his achieve-
ments in Europe were an indication
that he was still at the top of his
"In our sport there are some
people who you might think are
unbeatable. Maybe it s things
they re doing. Maybe it s technology
on their side. Maybe it s nefarious
means, but this medal here is proof
that one man from T&T can beat
those people," he said. "Anything
can happen if you prepare and go
out there and give your best effort.
I believe that this can be just a taste
it right. I hope the people of T&T
can come around and support me;
five Olympics and another medal.
Let s go!"
Bovell also expressed his grat-
itude towards his corporate spon-
sors Atlantic LNG and NP as well
as the people of T&T for their con-
tinued support of his swimming
"In sports like swimming you
don t make a lot of money and to
represent the country at this high
level, it is impossible for me to
work a regular job when the people
I m trying to beat are training, fully
funded and professional athletes.
Their continued support helps me
to bring these medals back to my
Meanwhile, Roberts cited
Bovell s independence as the reason
for his success.
"George Bovell has little to no
better coach than all of us put
together because he is a brilliant
mind and a student of the game.
He understands himself and his
sport better than anyone on this
planet. He has been doing it for
himself, thinking by himself. For
him to win this medal from lane
eight was all about the brilliance
and the individuality and the spirt
and understanding of the com-
petitive nature of George Bovell
ST JOHN'S---Ex-Sri Lanka captain
Taillakaratne Dilshan has become
the latest Sri Lanka player to link
up with the inaugural Limacol
Caribbean Premier League (LCPL)
after agreeing to take over from the
injured Martin Guptill for the
Guyana Amazon Warriors.
The dynamic right-hander, who
has played for the Delhi Daredevils
and the Royal Challengers Bangalore
in the Indian Premier League, is set
to step in for Guptill, who broke a
bone in his right hand against the
Antigua Hawksbills on Saturday
The 36 year-old Dilshan is the fifth
top-class Sri Lanka star to sign up
for the event, following on from Mut-
tiah Muralitharan and Kumar San-
gakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs), Mahela
Jayawardena (T&T Red Steel) and
Lasith Malinga (Guyana Amazon
Dilshan brings with him a wealth
of experience with 87 Tests, 267 One-
Day Internationals and 50 Twenty20
Internationals to his name.
He has scored a total of 34 inter-
national hundreds, including one in
T20Is, against Australia in Pallekele
in 2011. That innings, an unbeaten
104, occupied just 57 balls and
included 12 fours and five sixes.
Dilshan was also named player of
the tournament in the 2009 ICC
World Twenty20 when Sri Lanka fin-
ished as runners-up to Pakistan and
during that event he pioneered the
shot that has become known as the
Dil-scoop , an audacious flick-cum-
sweep over both his and the wick-
etkeeper s heads.
In addition to his blazing batting,
Dilshan has also shown himself to
be a canny operator with the ball.
He has 35 wickets in Twenty20
cricket and a total of 120 wickets in
Guyana Amazon Warriors coach
Roger Harper said: "While it is sad
to lose a player of Martin Guptill s
ability at this stage of the tourna-
ment, we are delighted to have
secured a top-quality replacement
in Tillakaratne Dilshan.
"He offers so much to any side he
plays for, as an attacking batsman,
a useful bowler and also someone
who is outstanding in the field.
"We look forward to him linking
up with us ahead of Thursday s semi-
final and his big-match experience
will be a great asset to us."
The inaugural Limacol Caribbean
Premier League runs until 24 August
with the two semi-finals taking place
on 22 and 23 August and the final
taking place in Trinidad on successive
days from 22 August.
Minister of Sport Anil Roberts admires George Bovell's bronze medal during a reception held in his honour at
the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Bovell placed third in the 50m freestyle at the recent FINA
World Championships in Barcelona in a national record time of 21.51. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
ST GEORGE'S---The battle for
supremacy in the West Indies
Women s T20 cricket tournament
has reached the semi-final stage in
Grenada following three preliminary
Barbados will play T&T in one
semifinal match while Jamaica will
take on Guyana in the other fixture.
Barbados and Guyana have won all
three preliminary round matches
played while Jamaica and T&T have
lost one game each.
Both matches will be played today
following yesterday s rest day in the
tournament that followed the West
Indies Women Super 50.
The semifinal games will be played
at the Tanteen playing field and the
Grenada national stadium and will
be preceded by play-offs between St
Vincent and the Grenadines and
Dominica and St Lucia against host
The finals will be played tomorrow
at the national cricket stadium. (CMC)
KINGSTON---Caribbean Airlines has
announced that it is putting on an
extra flight between Kingston and
Port-of-Spain to accommodate fans
who want to attend the semifinal
match in the Caribbean Premier
League (CPL) between Jamaica
Tallawahs and Barbados Tridents.
Tallawahs and Tridents meet in the
second semifinal match of the CPL
at the Queen s Park Oval from 8 pm
on Friday, following tomorrow s clash
between Guyana Amazon Warriors
and T&T Red Steel
The Caribbean Airlines flight leaves
Kingston at 8 pm tonight arriving in
T&T at 11.59 pm, it was reported.
The return flight will be on Sunday,
departing T&T at 6 am, arriving
Kingston at 7.45 am.
"We are supporting the CPL
(Caribbean Premier League ) in mak-
ing the flight available for persons
who would like to support the
Tallawahs," said Clive Forbes general
manager, CAL Jamaica.
"We are also aware that there is
demand for travel to Port of Spain out-
side of cricket fans and we expect those
persons to be on the flight too."
Captain Chris Gayle has said that
the Tallawahs are optimistic of victory
after overcoming the challenge of a
feisty T&T Red Steel in their last pre-
liminary game at Sabina Park on Sun-
looms in Women's T20
Extra flight between Jamaica
and T&T for CPL semis
injured Guptill in CPL
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