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TORONTO---Brian Lewis, presi-
dent of the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC), believes sport
could be used to address the
increasing incidents of crime and
violence, especially among young
Lewis, who is attending the Gen-
eral Assembly of the Pan American
Sports Organisation (PASO) in
Toronto, said what is needed are
bold initiatives including adopting
the values of Olympism and cre-
ating the enabling environment.
"In light of the high crime rate
and the increasing incidents of vio-
lence in the school population here
in T&T sport needs to play a greater
part in the efforts to address crime
and violence," said Lewis.
"I think that sport, and in par-
ticular the Olympic sports, need to
step up to the plate a bit given the
fact that Sport and Olympism is
about the values and not just win-
ning medals and podium even
though that is an aspect of what
we do and a very important part."
The outspoken sport adminis-
trator said the TTOC has started
the process including an ambitious
target of 10 Olympic Gold medals
by the year 2024.
"That being said, the use of sport
and the values of Olympism,
friendship, respect, excellence can
really make a significant contribu-
tion, I believe in particular with
children and youth and we need to
start to have that interaction on a
very systemic basis.
I think that s lacking at this point
in time in T&T and something that
we need to play close attention to."
Lewis said that while his partic-
ular concern is Trinidad & Tobago
he believes the problem is
Caribbean-wide and is urging his
regional colleagues to take action.
"I will also urge the Caribbean
Sport Organisations and the
National Olympic Committees of
the Caribbean that we start to focus
in a very significant way, the use
of Olympism and the Olympic val-
ues to make a positive difference
in the lives of children and young
people, not only in T&T, but the
Crime and the social dysfunc-
tional taking place will affect all of
us at some point in time and sport
and the Olympic Movement, the
vales of Olympism can make a dif-
ference and I m saying that it is the
responsibility, no matter how chal-
lenging it may be and how difficult
the obstacles and challenges that
we need to embrace."
Sunil Narine, the top-ranked
T20 bowler in the world, will be
among many West Indian stars on
show today at the Caribbean Sin-
glewicket Cricket tournament at
Frank Worrell Ground, UWI SPEC
from 3pm - 10pm.
Twelve all-rounders are carded
to compete, which includes Lendl
Simmons, Christopher Barnwell,
Jason Holder and Dwayne Smith,
who recently won the Karbonn
Smart Champions League T20 tour-
nament in India with the Mumbai
Andre Phillips, Director of Glory
Entertainment Television, described
singlewicket as a fast paced game
in which all-rounders bat and bowl
two overs each. In the 25-minute
matches, each all-rounder is assisted
by a runner who does not take strike,
while fieldsmen and wicketkeepers
are provided by the organisers to
complete the cricket requirements.
Phillips added that the tourna-
ment will feature fifteen short
games, including 12 matches in the
round-robin stage, two semifinals
and a grand final.
Glory TV staged the Caribbean
Singlewicket tournament in 2009
in Tobago, when Simmons emerged
as the winner.
The 2009 edition marked the
first international singlewicket com-
petition in the world this century.
Today s tournament would be the
first singlewicket competition in
Trinidad involving players from out-
Cricket fans will be treated to a
glorious exhibition of batting, bowl-
ing and fielding when these top all-
rounders clash head-to-head.
Lewis: Sport can be
used to fight crime
Brian Lewis, president of the T&T
Olympic Committee (TTOC).
Narine headlines Singlewicket tourney today
Cheteshwar Pujara, the India
batsman, has rated his triple-cen-
tury in Hubli as one of his best
non-international innings. Upon
reaching the landmark, he was
elevated into an elite club of play-
ers who have hit three or more
triples in their career, with only
eight men before him having
achieved this feat.
More importantly, though, it
came at a good clip, and gave India
A enough time to bowl West Indies
A out to share the three-match
This was also a rare series in
which Pujara hadn t made a big
contribution, until the last match.
"It was one of the best innings in
my domestic career because the
wicket was doing a bit," he said.
"There was enough help for the
fast bowlers. I didn t get runs in
the first two games. I never enjoy
getting out. I really was frustrated
because I felt that I was in good
touch, but the runs were not com-
ing. I would rate [this] as one of
my best innings at the domestic
The three low scores might have
frustrated Pujara, but there was
always a feeling a turnaround was
close. "I knew that there is a big
one due but as a batsman, you never
know. It is a matter of one ball,"
Pujara said. "At times you go
through a phase where you want
to succeed but you might not. But
it is very important as a batsman
to be focused, and the important
thing was I was working hard.
Whenever you are in good form,
the best way to come back is to
work hard in the nets. That is what
I was doing."
What is the secret to scoring
triples, though? After all, there are
many great batsmen who have gone
through their careers without scor-
ing one, let alone three.
"It s the hunger to score runs,"
Pujara said. "I think for this par-
ticular success, the failure in the
first two games motivated me a lot.
The kind of expectations people
have, from the kind of ability I have,
I have to live up to the expectations.
This was the right time because it
was an important match for us and
I always like to score big runs.
"I always feel that when I cross
the 100-mark, that s when I can
start playing my natural game. All
the shots come very naturally, and
I don t have to put up any hard
work or extra concentration because
the rest of the things are all natural
things, and I just go through the
motions after I go through the hun-
Does that mean that once the
hundred is scored some pressure
is lifted and it frees him up? "I think
mentally I am very free once I score
a hundred," Pujara said, "because
as a batsman, you know the con-
ditions, the bowler and most of the
time the bowlers are tired. So you
just have to use your brain and cap-
italise on the loose balls. And you
also know what time to accelerate
and what time you have to respect
Pujara: One of my best domestic innings
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