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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sports Minister Anil Roberts has called on
the Caribbean community to band together in
an effort to protect regional athletes whose
championship performances on the world stage
have now put them in danger from those around
the world opposed to their success.
He sounded the warning while speaking before
an international audience at the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad, Dock Road, Port-of-Spain, at Wednes-
day s launch of the Conference on Science, Higher
Education and Business: An Interdisciplinary
Approach to Sport Studies, Research and Devel-
opment, hosted by the University of the West
Indies and the First Citizens Sports Foundation.
"All of us in the Caribbean must protect our
Caribbean region as it s under attack. We have
not realised that we have become under attack,"
"We have come under attack since Usian Bolt
came to the fore and ran right here at the Hasely
Crawford Stadium. Few knew gold medals was
coming, but his dominance and the Bahamas;
and T&T with Richard Thompson, now Jehue
Gordon, the track and field 4x100--metre and
"Total dominance of the Caribbean! People
doh like that! The big money people doh like
While he did not define the form of this attack,
he did state that major global sponsors of sport
events, particularly those in which regional ath-
letes compete and win were not pleased by the
sportsmen and sportswoman accepting top hon-
A win by Caribbean athletes, said the minister,
did not move their retail products in the desired
volumes for greater earnings.
The problems have worsened, said Roberts,
but the fact that some islands were perpetrating
this uncomfortable dynamic to hurt another, not
realising they were in fact attacking growth and
sustainability of Caribbean sports.
"If they attack Jamaica, we might benefit so
stay quiet, and if they attack Bahamas, we might
benefit so keep quiet; and when they came for
T&T we couldn t keep quiet. So we have to
understand what is going," he said.
The minister went on t0 laud the initiative of
this conference mounted by UWI and the First
Sports Foundation as extolling the virtues related
to the interdisciplinary concept in sports.
He told the gathering that if someone wanted
to be a sport psychologist, they must understand
the science of coaching, the macro-science of
training, how the energy system operates and
what athletes have to eat and how they slept.
But focusing on their mental well-being was
not all he said.
"They must understand how to interact with
the media, how to deal with starithis as they
move up the ladder, how they deal with success;
how they interact with their family," said Roberts.
"You have to understand what their parents
(are) going through, their religious beliefs. I have
coached many children some whom were Seventh
Day Adventist and imagine having a Caribbean
Championships final on a Saturday.
"Can t swim, but you have to understand their
way and you must respect all and understand
each aspect. You must understand the legal
nuances in sport. You must understand
Caribbean, political and geo-political nature of
sport," Robert said.
Champion Esmeralda Sports
Club will come up against Munroe
Road in one of the quarterfinals of
the UWI T20 cricket tournament
today at the UWI SPEC in St
Esmeralda will begin as favourites
in this encounter that starts at 6.30
pm. The first game on the cards
will see Queen s Park Cricket Club
against central team Caldrac. This
game starts at 2.30 pm and the
Parkites hold the edge going into
On Sunday the quarterfinals con-
tinue with two games---Newcomers
Tableland with national standout
Evin Lewis in their ranks, will come
up against Clarke Road United at
2.30 pm, while Merryboys will play
Moosai Sports in the second game
which bowls off at 6.30 pm.
Officials at UWI will be hoping
to see a good turn out this weekend
at the business end of the tourna-
So far the attendance has been
good and the quality of cricket at
a high standard.
The national league teams are
using this tournament as a warm-
up for the major domestic cricket
tournaments coming up.
Chantael Perry of TSTT and the
University of T&T (UTT) Shurice
Gordon were both in good scoring
form to lead their respective clubs
to lopsided victories when the
Alternative Division of the Courts
All Sectors Netball League contin-
ued on Thursday night.
Playing in the feature match of
the night s double-header at the
Eastern Regional Indoor Sports
Arena, Tacarigua, goal-attack Perry
converted 38 of her 52 attempts for
TSTT in its comfortable 45-16
blowout of Central Bank.
Goal shooter Sophia Harper added
seven goals from 26 attempts ina
dismal night of shooting for the win-
ners who led 11-4, 22-6 and 31-10
at the end of the first three quar-
For Central Bank, Naila Coltes and
Shalane Lewis each scored six goals
from 11 and 16 attempts respectively
while Dhalia Quamina got four from
15 in the loss.
Goal shooter, Gordon led UTT for
the third straight match in scoring,
as she netted 30 of 61 attempts while
goal-attack Aeisha Collins got six
from 19 in their 36-16 thumping of
For the struggling Law-women
Gabriella Bridgewater got seven,
Cheryse Aguilleria added four, Dney-
ica Francis three and Merlina
Thomas, the other two.
UTT 36 (Shurice Gordon 30/61,
Aeisha Collins 6/19) vs Police 16
(Gabrielle Bridgewater 7/14,
Cheryse Aguilleria 4/8, Dneycia
Francis 3/5, Merlina Thomas 2/5).
Quarter scores: 1st: 18-3 UTT;
2nd: 24-8 UTT; 3rd: 30-12 UTT.
TSTT 45 Chantael Perry 38/52,
Sophia Harper 7/26) vs Central
Bank 16 (Naila Coltes 6/11, Shalane
Lewis 6/16, Dhalia Quamina 4/15).
Quarter scores: 1st: 11-4 TSTT;
2nd: 22-6 TSTT; 3rd: 31-10 TSTT
Alternative Division: TSTT vs UTT,
Championship Division: Police X
vs Fire Service, 2.15pm; Police Y vs
Premier Division: Game Changers
vs UWI, 4.45pm; Defence Force vs
Retro Division: Les Enfants vs
Harlem, 5.30pm; CCS vs TSTT,
Championship Division: Police X
vs Police Y, 7.10pm
Alternative Division: Police vs
Prisons, 5.30pm; Central Bank vs
Champs Esmeralda vs Munroe Rd in UWI quarters
QPCC vs Caldrac, 2.30 pm
Esmeralda vs Munroe Rd, 6.30
Tableland vs Clarke Rd, 2.30 pm
MerryBoys vs Moosai 6.30 pm
Roberts: Caribbean sport under
threat from outside forces
Dr Rhoda Reddock with Dr Jay Coakley, professor emeritus, University of Colorado and Sports Minister Anil Roberts. PHOTO: SEAN NERO
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