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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 30, 2014
T&T runner Semoy Hackett will
be eligible to compete in official ath-
letics competitions after her 28-
month ban comes to an end in April,
This was confirmed by the National
Association of Athletics Administra-
tions (NAAA) in a press release, yes-
Hackett s anti-doping hearing was
to be heard at the Court of Arbitra-
tion for Sport s New York branch but
a settlement was reached between
Hackett s lawyers and those of the
International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) in February.
Because of a confidentiality provision
in the settlement, the NAAA said it
was unable to give details apart from
when the ban will conclude.
"As a result of a confidentiality
provision, details of the agreement
were never made known to the public
and, for the most part, will continue
to remain confidential," the release,
signed by NAAA public relations offi-
cer, Peter Samuel, was quoted.
It added: "Notwithstanding this,
the parties have agreed that due to
the ongoing queries and in light of
public interest (and) considerations,
it would be appropriate, at least, to
disclose the key element of the set-
tlement, which was the period of
ineligibility to be served by Ms Hack-
ett.The sanction accepted by Ms
Hackett was a ban lasting two years
and four months ending on April 30,
2015. It means that Ms Hackett will
once again be eligible to compete
from May 1, 2015.
In concluding, the release stated
that the NAAA will continue to play
its part in promoting drug-free sport
for all athletes and said it looks for-
ward to the pending operationalisa-
tion of the T&T Anti-Doping Organ-
isation (TTADO), which was formed
pursuant to the Anti-Doping In Sport
Act 2013. In June, 2012, Hackett test-
ed positive for methylhexaneamine
(MHA) at the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) Division
I Outdoor Track and Field Champi-
onships. It was the second time
Hackett tested positive for MHA.
She served a six-month ban, fol-
lowing the 2011 T&T Championships.
She was then suspended by the
NAAA, after the second offense, but
the local governing body for athletics
lifted the sanction.
Last year, Hackett was scheduled
to participate at the World Champi-
onships after qualifying from the local
However, she left the competition
after the IAAF appealed the NAAA s
decision to allow Hackett to com-
pete. The NAAA was subsequently
criticised by Sports Minister Anil
Roberts as the matter "brought the
country into international disrepute".
Hackett, 25, represented T&T at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
ends in April
A solid all-round batting per-
formance by HKL Aranguez led
by Michael Brown, guided the
team to a 39-run win over Cal-
cutta Sports Club on Wednesday
night in the Championship Divi-
sion final of the T&T Cricket
Board NGC T20 Festival at the
Queen s Park Oval, Port-of-
Batting first Aranguez got off
to an excellent start, as Rohan
Parsan and Ernil Ryan put on 61
for the first wicket. Eon Hooper,
who finished with 2/10 in four
overs, then removed both bats-
men for 30. Parsan s innings came
off 23 balls, which included three
fours and a six. Ryan was more
watchful, hitting two fours and
one six in 35 deliveries.
Brown, who came in at number
three, batted to the end of the
innings to take Aranguez to a
competitive 155/5. Brown ended
on an unbeaten 33 (23 balls),
slamming two fours and two
Calcutta was limited to 50/5 in
reply as the top order failed to
impress. Timothy Sinanan tried
his best to rescue the innings
scoring 19, but it was not enough
as Calcutta could only get to
116/8. Amir Nabbie Ali pitched
in with 16 not out, while Safraz
Laloo (2/22) and Malcolm Ram-
logan (2/25) both grabbed two
Aranjuez batsman Malcolm
Ramlogon is run out during the
NGC Cricket festival final
against Calcutta on Wednesday
night. PHOTO ABRAHAM DIAZ
Aranguez to T20 title
KOLKATA---West Indian mystery
spinner Sunil Narine says he is sur-
prised that his bowling technique,
which has been a consistent night-
mare for batsmen the world over,
has not yet been decoded.
The Trinidadian spinner has hood-
winked most batsmen across three
seaons of the prestigious Indian Pre-
mier League (IPL) with a host of vari-
ations but says he is not worried that
batsmen will figure out his technique.
"Sometimes I am surprised that
they already haven t with all the tech-
nology available nowadays," Narine
told the Hindu.
"I do not fear that though, as I only
concentrate on working harder and
just focus on trying to do my bit as
best as I can".
Narine s economy rate of 5.65 is
the best in the IPL, containing bats-
men and holding the record for the
most four-wicket hauls in the league.
He has picked up 20 or more wick-
ets in three consecutive editions of
the IPL, 24 wickets in 2012, 22 wickets
in 2013 and 20 so far in 2014.
"I do try and be accurate more
often as that s always the key," said
"Variations in this format are
always a very good option to have as
they have the batsmen guessing".
Narine s numbers in Tests are below
par, averaging over 40 and a strike
rate touching 80.
"It s something I am still trying to
learn and understand," Narine said.
continue to get opportunities I will
get better at bowling in that format.
Endurance and patience are the key
(factors) in Tests."
Narine s Kolkata Knight Riders
secured their spot in the final of the
IPL with a 28-run victory over Kings
XI Punjab on Wednesday.
Under-19 captain Paul Palmer
Jr has revealed that it came as
a surprise to him that he was
selected to captain a Jamaica
XI against touring New
A relative unknown on the
local cricket scene, the 22-year-
old is set to captain the team
in two matches against the vis-
itors, the first of which bowls
off today at the Trelawny
The encounter, a two-day
fixture, will be followed by a
three-dayer, starting next Mon-
"I was totally surprised when
I heard that I was going to be
the captain, as I did not see it
coming at all," said Palmer, who
led Jamaica to the regional
Under-19 double in 2009.
"I was just playing cricket
with the hope of making the
Jamaica team one day, and did
not really expect that I would
be asked, as there are other sen-
ior players around.
"But I am really grateful and
happy for the opportunity to
lead my country once again,
and hope that I will be able to
go out and do well."
Palmer Jr, the nephew of for-
mer Jamaica batsman, Dixeth
Palmer, and son of former
national youth representative
Paul Palmer Sr, made his first-
class debut earlier this season.
Representing the Combined
Campuses and Colleges, he was,
however, unsuccessful in the
two matches he played in the
WICB Four-day tournament.
After making four and seven
against the Windward Islands
in his opening game, the West-
moreland native was only able
to follow up that with scores
of four and zero against
Palmer Jr is set to take over
the reigns from regular captain,
Tamar Lambert, who along with
several senior players were not
selected in a 22-man squad for
New Zealand will be using
the matches as warm-up for
the first Test against West
Indies, which is set for Sabina
Park beginning on June 8.
Paul Palmer (capt), Horace Miller, Jon-Ross Campbell,
Kennar Lewis, Delbert Gayle, Cassius Burton Jnr,
Brandon King, Derval Green, Aldaine Thomas, Gavon
Brown, John Campbell, Nicholson Gordon, Jamie
Merchant, Damion Jacobs, Odean Brown, Brian
Buchanan, Christopher Powell, Ramaal Lewis,
Shacaya Thomas, Fabian Allen, André McCarthy,
Kiwis gets a taste of Jamaica
Narine surprised by
batsmen's failure to
decode his spin
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