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We live in a highly competitive
society. Athletes are vulnerable
species on this planet. Society says,
"You must win at all cost or any
means necessary." They "historise"
the winners. The rewards are great.
Finance is amazingly high and wel-
comed. Prize money is a motiva-
tion---prize money for all finalists.
There is opportunity and motive to
enhance one s performance.
Chemical labs manufacture per-
formance enhancing drugs. They also
produce the antidote to willing par-
ticipants. Is it mere speculation to
think of Kelly-Ann Baptiste and
Semoy Hackett as victims or co-con-
spirators? Or are they equal or sep-
Kelly-Ann s performances pushed
her to the top of the IAAF ratings.
Hackett doped at the national
championship in June 2012. Conse-
quence: suspension. IAAF optioned
suspension. NAAA ignored and with-
drew the suspension. Consequence:
Hackett doped at the NCAA Division
1 championship. Consequence: LSU
disqualified after winning champi-
onships. Hackett returned to Trinidad
National Championship, competed
under dope. NAAA lifted suspension.
Hackett was coerced into competing
in the World Championships against
the ruling of the IAAF. Hackett was
forbidden to compete by the IAAF
at the World Championships. The
IAAF overruled the NAAA ruling.
Kelly-Ann and Hackett were embar-
rassed to leave Moscow.
The Government had recently
passed the Anti-doping bill. It was
piloted by the Minister of Sports Anil
Could the NAAA have prevented
these humiliations? These were not
voluntary actions. Like World cup
soccer red cards, authorities escort
you out of the compound. In this
case, the World Cup Village, like a
How did the NAAA handle that
night? Present at the Games: The
president, secretary, asistant secretary,
trustee. How did they break the news
to the athletes? What did the exec-
utives of the NAAA know that was
not revealed? This is still a mystery.
The code of secrecy must be
changed if we, as a nation are to move
forward and preserve our dignity.
A new direction and a progressive
direction is needed, and not a recy-
cling of bodies and faces in other
The TTOC and the NAAA have
shown no willingness to address the
drug situation of our accused ath-
A three-man Jamaica Athletics
Administrative Association discipli-
nary committee panel learnt of the
certain glaring issues concerning
Veronica Campbell-Brown s case.
The JAAA is represented by Leonard
What is The NAAA s response to
an "Unfortunate development in a
1) To spend time "bam-
boosling the Minister of Sport and
by extension the public of T&T.
2) A response that does not
address "the delegate matter"
3) A response that does not
show a plan or program, coercive and
coherent to deal with the IAAAF
4) A response about drug test-
ing or in any way to be accountable
and transparent to preserve the wel-
fare and if possible, the career of our
5) All it demonstrates is the
NAAA s attempt to protect self and
the cabal that is the leadership of the
The organisation must provide the
latest information on testing, teach-
ing, and competing on every aspect
of their being. Our sport is losing its
focus and must be planning, pro-
moting and recruiting fresh partic-
ipants to objectively and accurately
determine the potential for developing
athletes and project their perform-
ances at their sports. "Sink or float,
ah sailing with the boat" is the chosen
option of the NAAA executive.
It would be imprudent to think
that T&T s image would not be
harmed by the mismanagement of
the doping humiliation involving two
of our athletes by the NAAA .
Our name (brand) has been
wounded by the apparent lack of
structure for dealing with issues---
irrevocably so, without any recourse
The World Anti-Doping Agency
(WADA) is observing procedural
development of this issue.
This incident suggests that the
NAAA, and the TTOC educate the
populous. Educate all our sporting
associations. There is now a sub-
stantial body of information on per-
formance-enhancing drugs, so there
is no excuse for unfamiliarity law and
consequence. This is of National con-
Indies Under-19s have been urged
to play a "bold and brave" brand
of cricket when they face
Bangladesh Under-19s in the
The advice has come from coach
Roddy Estwick as he prepared the
regional players for the upcoming
series. Both sides are using the
games as preparations for the ICC
Under-19 World Cup which will
be played in the United Arab Emi-
rates in February 2014.
"I want to encourage the young
players to express themselves and
play with freedom. I want to see
some bold and brave cricket when
we face the Bangladeshis. This is
a very important series for us as
we look forward to the World Cup,
which is just around the corner in
a few months time," Estwick told
"The Bangladeshis are normally
strong at this level of cricket so
we know we will have to work very
hard to win against them. They
will be quality opposition especially
in the spin bowling department."
The two teams will face each
other in seven 50-over matches in
Guyana, with the first encounter
being played at the Guyana
National Stadium last night.
The West Indies team was
selected from the main performers
during the WICB Under-19 Tour-
nament which was played in St
Kitts two months ago. It features
opener Jeremy Solozano, who was
the leading batsman as well Tage-
narine Chanderpaul---the son of
West Indies batsman Shiv Chan-
derpaul---who has represented
Guyana at the first-class level.
The bowling features two pac-
ers---Marquino Mindley and
Jerome Jones---who were members
of the West Indies team which
played at the ICC Under-19 World
Cup in Australia 14 months ago.
Also in the squad are spinner
Gutakesh Moti, who has been
excellent for Guyana at this level
for the past three years.
Estwick, a former Barbados
seam bowler, has worked with the
West Indies Under-19s for the last
decade and identified the areas
where the team needs to work on.
"We have some players who
have played first-class cricket and
some who have played for West
Indies before so we have some
experience in the ranks. Quite a
few have also played at the regional
Under-19 level for a few seasons
now, so they are aware of what is
required," Estwick outlined.
"We have some exciting pacers
and some very good spinners. We
have to work on our batting...we
have to work hard to get up to the
level we require. We have to look
at rotating the strike and building
partnerships. At all levels in West
Indies cricket we are very good at
hitting boundaries---we can play
shots and hit the boundaries. But
we need to learn how better we
can rotate the strike---which always
helps to take the pressure off
whether batting first or second."
KINGSTON---Newcomer to the senior West Indies
cricket team, Sheldon Cotterell is to undergo a med-
ical examination tomorrow which would decide if
he travels with the regional side for its upcoming
tour of India.
Cotterell, the lone newcomer selected to the regional
side and who has been receiving treatment for an
injury, says he is looking forward to having the injury
The Jamaican pacer twisted his knee during training
for West Indies A ahead of the current one-day and
Twenty20 series in India, and was sent home for
"The injury is coming on much better now," said
"I am down to do a scan on Wednesday and after
that a decision will be taken as to whether or not
I am fit enough to go."
The 24-year-old, who has in recent years been
making an impression in regional tournaments, was
recently selected to West Indies 15-man squad for
their upcoming tour of India.
Cotterell who is expected to take part in a local
cricket festival next weekend, also said he would not
push the injury if he was not fully healed.
"I won t cheat myself and my body. If I know I
am not fit enough I will not go," he said.
"There is a lot of cricket for me play and there
will be much more opportunities if this one does not
Cotterell has in recent years been making an impres-
sion in regional tournaments especially in the shortest
for of the game.
In his Twenty20 performances he has been most
impressive taking 20 wickets in 15 appearances at an
average of 19.40, and an economy rate of 6.65.
"I am really looking forward to going to India and
playing, as with my pace, aggression and accuracy,
I know I can take wickets," said Cotterell.
"There is also the fact that the Indians tend to
struggle a bit against good fast bowling, and with
me being in some sort of form I know I could cause
West Indies are down to play two Tests and three
ODIs while on tour of India.
The first Test is set begin on November 6 while
the second Test is scheduled to start on November
14.The three ODIs will be played on November 21,
24 and 27. (CMC)
Coach Estwick calls for brave boys
Cotterell to undergo
wounded by NAAA
Sheldon Cotterell...Lone newcomer selected to the
DR CLIFF BERTRAND
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