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The amateur Olympic boxing team on
Friday, launched the Vice President Chal-
lenge Cup at the Alicia’s Palace in St Ann’s
to be held from October 4-6.
Day one of the tournament will be held at
the Maloney Indoor Complex, day two at
the San Juan/Barataria Grounds and day
three at the Cosmic Boxing Gym in Mara-
Boxu Potts, special advisor to the T&T
Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC), also wel-
comed its newest sponsor of the Olympic
2016 live-in camp, NUT-MED Sports.
Denis Noel of Noelville Ltd in Grenada
expressed great pleasure at the opportunity
to support this initiative and talked of the
benefits to training and injury management
in which NUT-MED Sports pain relieving
spray provides athletes throughout the
world, as far as China and Iraq.
Professional boxer, Kirt Sinnette, also
endorsed NUT-MED Sports as a pain reliev-
ing spray for all athlete injury.
Potts also thanked long time sponsor,
Alicia’s Palace for their continued support
in providing a home for the amateur boxers
through their live-in camp. The camp boasts
a fully equipped gym, a pool for aqua train-
ing and the hills of the Lady Chancellor
which provide cardio, strength and
endurance training. This camp began on
March 4 and is carded to be a year-round
facility for amateur boxers.
Annabelle Davis, former chairman of the
T&T Boxing Board of Control, and distrib-
utor of NUT-MED Sports indicated that
there was a need for support by the coop-
erate world for young athletes seeking to
represent T&T and thanked NUT-MED Sports
initiative who has agreed to apply a percentage
of its sales to the live-in camp and the
Olympic athletes on the road to Rio 2016.
Additionally, she indicated the necessity
of finding a permanent “home” for boxing
and has successfully sourced one acre of land
in Cumuto which is to be donated to the
amateur boxing association, which can be
used to build a state of the art boxing facility.
It is hoped that more sponsors will come
on board to address the need for up to date
training facilities and generally support young
T&T’s sporting talent.
Boxing Challenge Cup
set for next month
BRADENTON–Police in Florida have
made an arrest in the theft of Bahamian
Demetrius Pinder’s Olympic gold medal,
and have recovered it.
The Olympic gold, which hangs from a
purple lanyard and has images representing
the 2012 London Olympics on both sides
with 4x400m inscribed on the bottom
portion of the front side, was stolen from
Pinder’s truck after he accidentally left it
in the centre console.
Pinder said he typically carries the medal
with him because he likes to show it to
kids and, while its worth is only about
US$1,000, the emotional value it holds for
him is priceless.
On Thursday, detectives in Bradenton
located the man suspected in the theft, 22-
year-old Allen Jeffrey Nichols and he was
arrested. At the time of his arrest, Nichols
did not have the medal on him.
Good news came Pinder's way by night-
fall though, when officials announced they
found the medal and had it in their pos-
Nichols was charged with grand theft,
a second degree felony. Detectives are now
seeking further leads to determine if anyone
else was involved in the theft.
“It feels as if I'm back on the podium
again,” said Pinder, worrying that he might
not ever see the medal again.
Pinder won the gold medal, after he along
with Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu and
Ramon Miller ran a national record time
of 2:56.72 to snatch the gold away from
the United States, who had a 60-year stran-
glehold on the Olympic title. The US was
second, in 2:57.05, and T&T finished third,
in 2:59.40. CMC
Bahamian Olympian reunited with stolen gold medal
National tennis player Breana
Stampfli and her American partner
Miranda Ramirez, lost the Girls Under-
18 Doubles final on Friday at the Copa
Maya ITF Junior tournament in El
The number one ranked pair of
Stampfli and Ramirez, knew they would
have their hands full against the number
two ranked duo, Antonella Bramato of
Mexico and Guatemalan Camila
Ramazzini. Both teams needed three
sets to get through their respective
semifinals and fitness would have been
key entering the finals.
Bramato and Ramazzini proved they
still had enough energy in the tank,
cruising to a straight set win, 6-4, 6-
3. Bramato was scheduled to go for
another title yesterday against Ramirez
in the Girls U-18 Singles final.
Stampfli, Ramirez lose
in U-18 doubles final
Local boxers display samples ofs Nut-Med sprays behind the head table of Charlene Smith, from Denis Noel of Noelville Ltd in Grenada, Kirt
Sinnette, Boxu Potts, TTBBC special adviser, Annabelle Davis and Ronald Cox during the amateur Olympic boxing team launch of the Vice
President Challenge Cup at the Alicia’s Palace, St Ann’s.
Girls U-18 Doubles
Antonella Bramato (MEX)/Camila
Ramazzini (GUA) def Miranda
Ramirez (USA)/Breana Stampfli
(T&T) 6-4 6-3
Miranda Ramirez (USA)/Breana
Stampfli (T&T) def Paola Carpio
(ESA)/Daniela Obando (HON) 2-6
Antonella Bramato (MEX)/Camila
Ramazzini (GUA) def Rosalinda
Calderon Recinos (ESA)/Nancy
Menjivar (ESA) 2-6 6-3 (10-7)
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