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Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart
will name his squad next week which will travel
to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to take part in the OSN
Four Nation Cup from September 5.
Hart has hinted though that there will be as
much as eight players in the squad who were not
part of T&T s recent 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
appearance during which the "Soca Warriors"
advanced to the quarter final stage for the first time
since 2000 and jumped nine places in the latest
FIFA rankings to 78th ahead of countries such as
Senegal, Togo, China, Guatemala, Angola Georgia
Lithuania and Northern Ireland, Togo, Estonia and
"We will have about eight players in the squad
that will travel to Riyadh who were not part of the
Gold Cup squad," Hart told TTFA Media on Thurs-
"The main objective, particularly since we would
not have much preparation time for the first game
against the UAE, is to observe players in international
action and more importantly to have an evaluation
of them and where we re at internationally as we
look ahead to later down the road for future tour-
naments such as the next Caribbean Cup and the
qualification for Russia 2018," Hart added.
Looking ahead to the tournament which also
involves New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and
hosts Saudi Arabia, Hart added: "It s good to go
to an international tournament such as this in the
sense that it allows us the chance to see how well
we can travel and adapt quickly before a game and
everything that goes with playing in such conditions.
We will be up against countries who were recently
in qualification for 2014 and still involved in it and
it s good for us to face challenges like what we ll
be up against. It s good for us to play countries of
different styles such as what a United Arab Emirates
of New Zealand will bring with them."
T&T takes on the UAE in their opening game
on September 5th on the opening day of the tour-
nament which is being organised by Asia s leading
pay-TV network, OSN and the Saudi Arabian Foot-
ball Federation (SAFF).
OSN is a pay TV network in the Middle East
and North Africa that offers international television
entertainment content such as movies, sporting
events, professional wrestling and various TV-series
both locally produced as well as international premier
OSN currently features around 100 television
channels offering viewers the latest blockbuster
movies, top rated series, sports, documentaries,
news, kid s entertainment, and live talk shows. The
OSN Platform is owned and operated by Panther
Media Group Limited; a company registered in
DIFC and is owned by Mawarid Group and
KIPCO.The operational and corporate headquarters
of the company is located in Dubai Media City in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
More than 25,000 spectators are expected to
watch the matches live, which will be held at the
Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi
"Our objective is to take the OSN Cup to the
widest possible audience across the region," stated
OSN chairman David Butorac. "We have recorded
robust growth in the Kingdom with total subscribers
increasing by over 35 percent in 2012. As part of
our growth plans, we will continue to look at diverse
opportunities to engage with Saudis, bringing them
the sports and entertainment experiences they
This country senior men s volleyball
team failed in their bid to reach the quar-
terfinal stage of the eight Pan American
Cup at the Juan de la Barrera Gymnasium,
Mexico City, Mexico after going under to
Dominican Republic 3-0 in a winner-
take-all final Pool B round-robin match
for both teams on Wednesday night.
Going into the contest, the Nolan Tash-
captained T&T squad and Dominican
Republic, both had 0-2 records while five-
time champions USA and 2007 winner,
Mexico shared top spot with 2-0 marks.
However, despite their best efforts, the
"Calypso Spikers" proved no match for
the Spanish-speaking islands who coasted
to victory 25-18, 25-13, 25-16 to end in
third spot with a 1-2 record while T&T
ended bottom of the group.
For the winners, Henry Omar Tapia reg-
istered 15 points, while German Recio
recorded 11 to subdue T&T which had a
team-high eight points from Tash, and six
from middle-blocker Kevin Nimrod.
Speaking after the match, Tash was gra-
cious in defeat first congratulating his
opponents on their win while praising his
team for another improved effort.
He said, "Congratulations to Dominican
Republic for this victory. They played very
well and put some early pressure on us.
They also showed good depth resting their
captain and best player (Elvis Contreras
and Jose Caceres).
"On the other hand, we played a little
better and will now await our next oppo-
nents with the hope of getting a win to
avoid ending last in the tournament."
Coach Gideon Dickson, Tash s brother
added: "We battled on defence, improved
a bit all-round, but like my captain said,
we must continue to raise our level for the
upcoming FIVB World Championship
Qualifiers where we will most likely face
these teams again."
German Recio who acted as captain said,
"T&T has improved. We struggled against
one of their middle blockers that was taking
too much balls but worked well on recep-
tion", said German Recio, who acted as
captain after coach Osiel Vazquez decided
to rest Jose Caceres.
"We faced a very combative team that
has played against more difficult, experi-
enced and taller rivals. We are happy for
the result, but must concentrate in improv-
ing our service, without failing many
attempts per match," coach Vazquez
In the other Pool B match, Mexico
handed USA only its second loss in the
history of the competition with a five-set
victory, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-22, 17-15
to top the pool with a 3-0 record and qual-
ify to the semifinals automatically while
the USA will met Puerto Rico, third in
Pool A in one of two quarterfinals last
In the other quarterfinal played last
night, Dominican Republic came up against
Argentina, which went under to rivals, and
2011 champions, Brazil, 22-25, 19-25, 21-
25 in their Pool A decider on Wednesday.
At the end of the Pan American Cup,
the highest ranked participating team, not
already qualified to the FIVB World League
2014, will qualify to the FIVB World League
Qualification Tournament Challenge event.
denies T&T volleyballers
T&T captain Nolan Tash in action
Atlantic Sport Ambassador and
Olympic sailor, Andrew Lewis was seven
years old when his father sent him to his
first sailing camp, where he developed a
passion for the sport.
Since then the student has become the
teacher, as he has hosted hundreds of chil-
dren at various sailing camps across the
country, including most recently, a five-
day camp for the children of Atlantic s
"I had the opportunity, at a very young
age, to be exposed to sailing, and that was
the beginning of my passion for the sport.
Hopefully, through these camps, I can be
the start of a new sailing journey for some-
one else", Lewis said.
The sailing camp, which was held at
the Vessigny Beach Facility, attracted chil-
dren between the ages of 8-15, and was
part of Lewis ongoing series of sailing
camps for young children in both Trinidad
and Tobago. He has hosted sessions at
Guapo Beach, Vessigny, Chaguaramas, and
Pigeon Point in Tobago, and received
recognition from the Ministry of Sport
and the Sports Company for his work
with children, when he was named Com-
munity Coach for 2012 at the annual Spirit
of Sports Awards.
As a former high performance coach in
the sport of sailing, he enjoys sharing his
knowledge and experiences with young
sailing enthusiasts across the country and
strengthening national interest in the sport.
Through this initiative, children learn
more about boat safety, tying knots and
preparing boats for water, culminating
with the young sailors being able to nav-
igate their own boats on the water.
"The way Andrew explained things,
sailing became simple and enjoyable, and
it is definitely something I would like to
continue", said 15 year old Kyron Smart,
one of the participants in the sailing camp
Lewis said not only was sailing fun, but
the sport taught various lessons which
children can apply to everyday life.
"Sailing demands discipline and really
demands that you be alert, learn to be
independent and confident in your abilities
as a sailor. You also have a responsibility
to maintaining your boat, and this helps
to foster greater accountability among the
kids", he explained.
Lewis is currently participating in the
CORK Olympic Class Regatta in Canada,
which is another step in his preparation
for the 2013 Laser World Championships
which will be held in Oman in November.
Atlantic, Lewis host sailing camp in Vessigny
Sailor Andrew Lewis...wants sport to grow
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