Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 9th 2013 Contents ANDREW GIOANNETTI
Three massive trophies, cash
prizes valued over $120,000,
pride and the chance to be scout-
ed are among the incentives on
offer in the three-sport Ministry
of Sport 2013 Life Sport Cup
Tournament, which will run from
Friday to October 27, when the
curtains close at Constantine
The Life Sport Programme,
which recently introduced six new
centres to the previous 33, was
introduced on June 18, last year,
to curb the increasing levels of
crime in high-risk areas in T&T
by introducing sport and life skills
to men between the ages of 16-
25.The newest initiative, which
launched yesterday saw the intro-
duction of three tournaments, in
football, cricket and basketball,
three of the most popular sports
Giving details of the project,
yesterday, chairman of the Life
Sport Programme, Forbes Persaud
said the programme will be run
by persons who have represented
the country and have the desire
to further share their experience
with the nation s troubled youth.
"We are using the medium of
sport, football, basketball, cricket
to develop young people, our
young men in particular in order
to see them down the correct path.
It was very unfortunate that it has
been a that since this particular
event is now coming to fruition,
but (as) the old saying (goes) better
late than never ," said Forbes.
He added, "The major aim for
the winner should be the sport
itself. We go out there and we give
it our best shot. You play hard,
you play to win, but play fair at
He then urged all participants
to play fair and to show cama-
raderie among those, particularly
of neighbouring communities.
"Let us use this opportunity
given to us to make ourselves better
persons. To let our families and
our friends be proud of us."
"We are eagerly looking forward
to seeing you on the field of play
exhibiting your skills, trying to
bring fame and glory to your
respective communities. And, I
can tell you that we will be having
scouts moving around, our coor-
dinators, our coaches are people
who are well qualified, who would
have represented the T&T, and
they would be looking out for you.
They may be talented ones
amongst you. We are going to spot
those talents, then we are going
to take it to another level."
There are six regions comprising
five to six teams each, which will
participate in the preliminary
round. The top two teams in each
group will advance to the play-
offs, then to the quarterfinals,
semifinals and the final, which will
all be played simultaneously on
the same day, October 27.
The six regional winners of the
three events stand to take home
$2,000 each, with the runner-up
Meanwhile, the national winner
for football, cricket and basketball
receives $12,000, $8,000 and
$6,000, respectively. MVPs will
earn $1,000. Registered referees
and umpires in their respective
sports will be paid to oversee all
In the general Life Sport Pro-
gramme, a total of 39 centres com-
prising 60 participants receive a
monthly stipend of $1,500.
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Life Sport launches
Brazilian construction firm,
Construtora OAS S.A will spon-
sor Intercol girls champions,
Debe High School.
A ceremony was held at the
school with top OAS representa-
tives, head officials together with
team members. "We are extremely
pleased to have OAS as our spon-
sor. They have been fantastic and
extremely supportive and com-
mitted and we hope to have them
here for many years to come" said
Clive Auguste, team manager.
Auguste noted that the team
included some players from the
Under 19 national team.
OAS is responsible for the con-
struction of the Sir Solomon
Hochoy Highway Extension to
Point Fortin and has taken a keen
interest in the communities within
the project s buffer zone. Rodrigo
Ventura, OAS superintendent said
he was proud of the team s success
and was happy that OAS enjoyed
a relationship "with such an
important part of the community
Debe have begun their quest in
defending their title in impressive
style, having won five games so
far and drawing one.
Debe Girls get sponsor
Region A: Sangre Grande,
Valencia, Pinto, Malabar, Carapo
and Samaroo Village.
Region B: La Horquetta,
Maloney, St Joseph, Mt D'Or,
Barataria and Angostura.
Region C: Morvant, St Paul St,
Belmont, Maraval, Carenage and
Region D: Tabaquite, Enterprise,
Marabella, Pleasantville, La
Romaine and YTC.
Region E: Fyzabad, Point Fortin,
La Brea, Cedros and Santa Flora.
Region F: Siparia, Morne Diablo,
Penal, Marac and Mayaro.
I could cause some
Sheldon Cotterell, the left-arm
seamer, is eager to make an impres-
sion after being called up for the
West Indies Test team due to tour
India in November. However, he is
awaiting a fitness result that could
hamper his chances of playing his
Cotterell was replaced on the A
team s tour of India by Fidel Edwards
due to injury, but was named in the
16-man squad led by Darren Sammy.
Though twisting his knee knee in
training had prevented him for famil-
iarising with Indian pitches, Cot-
terrell remained buoyant about his
"I am really looking forward to
going to India and playing, as with
my pace, aggression and accuracy,
I know I can take wickets," he said.
"There is also the fact that the Indi-
ans tend to struggle a bit against
good fast bowling, and with me being
in some sort of form I know I could
cause some problems.
"The injury is coming on much
better now and there ll be an assess-
ment this Wednesday," he added.
"It s a scan and then a decision will
be taken as to whether or not I am
fit enough to go. I won t cheat myself
enough, I will not go. There is a lot
of cricket for me play and there will
be much more opportunities if this
one does not come through."
Cotterell has struggled to impress
for Jamaica since his regional debut
in 2011--40 in 18 matches but did
catch eyes in the 2013 CPL--eight
wickets in seven matches, with a
best of 4 for 20. The first Test is set
to commence on November 6 in
while the second is slated for
November 14. The three ODIs will
be played on November 21, 24 and
her club in Jamaica
sprinter Sherone Simpson has left
her track and field club, MVP, in
the wake of doping allegations lev-
eled against her, Manager Paul
Doyle has confirmed.
The three-time Olympian has
signed up with the Florida-based
IMG Academy where she has already
Simpson, along with former train-
ing partner Asafa Powell, tested pos-
itive for banned substances at the
Jamaica Trials in June, which led to
a fallout with former coach Stephen
"Yes, she is now training with
Loren Seagrave at the IMG Academy
in Florida," said Doyle, who has man-
aged Simpson during her entire pro-
Both Simpson and Powell started
their professional career with Francis
at MVP, but the coach was recently
quoted as saying he would not take
back the athletes unless they parted
company with manager Doyle.
Simpson, the 2008 Olympic
Games 100m silver medallist and
Powell will face Jamaica s Anti-Dop-
ing Disciplinary Panel in January.
Mexico on verge of missing
first World Cup since 1990
MEXICO CITY---Talk about World
In his first game in charge, Mexico s
new coach Victor Manuel Vucetich
must deliver a victory on Friday at
home against Panama, or Mexico
could fail to qualify for the World
Cup for the first time since 1990.
Vucetich has taken over from Jose
Manuel De la Torre, who was fired
after a loss in September against Hon-
Mexico has yet to win at Azteca
stadium in this qualifying cycle, a
previously unthinkable statistic as the
venue located at 2,250 meters (7,400
feet) in Mexico City has always been
an imposing venue for visiting teams.
"We know we have not done things
very well so far," Vucetich said Tues-
day. "But we have a great chance---
it s the last chance we have to correct
The United States and Costa Rica
have claimed two of the three auto-
matic qualifying berths from the
North American, Caribbean and Cen-
tral American region. Honduras holds
the third automatic spot with 11
points. Panama and Mexico have eight
points and Jamaica has four.
The fourth-place team in the group
faces a playoff against New Zealand
for a spot in Brazil, and right now---
with a better goal difference---that s
In the final round of games on
Tuesday, Mexico plays at Costa Rica
and Panama is home against the Unit-
ed States. Panama had never beaten
Mexico in an official game until the
recent Gold Cup, where it won twice,
before earning a draw in a recent
World Cup qualifier.
"It s all up to us," Vucetich said.
Missing the World Cup would be
a psychological blow to Mexico, which
has yielded the top spot in the region
to the United States. The Americans
defeated Mexico 2-0 in the United
States and then managed a 0-0 draw
in Mexico City.
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