Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 23rd 2014 Contents GLASGOW---The 20th Commonwealth Games
get underway today with an opening ceremony
which will also serve as a fundraiser for the
children's charity UNICEF.
Former 007 Roger Moore, a UNICEF ambassador,
was on hand yesterday to add a touch of James
Bond to the occasion.
Noting another Bond's celebrated spoof skydiving
drop at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London
OIympics, Moore, who introduced himself as
"Moore, Roger Moore," said he would make a more
traditional entrance to his seat in the stadium.
"At the moment there are no plans for me to be
involved," the 86-year-old Moore said, smiling.
"Sadly, I am allergic to helicopters."
Here are some other highlights from yesterday as
the 7,300 athletes from 71 countries in 17 sports
prepare for the Games which end August 3 and are
held every four years:
LONG JOURNEY (1): Yon Lee's trip to compete in
badminton was longer than that of most athletes to
Glasgow. Yon, who lives in the British Overseas
Territory of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic
Ocean, had to take a five-day trip by ship to Cape
Town, South Africa before making his way by air to
Scotland. The construction of the island's first
airport is not due for completion until 2016, so the
22-year-old Yon had no choice but to take a Royal
Mail ship with 72 other passengers. "I am still trying
to get my legs back," said Yon. "When you're on the
ship you have your sea legs and then on land you
are wobbling all over the place."
LONG JOURNEY (2): England diver Tom Daley,
the 2009 world champion in the 10-metre platform,
had his plane grounded in Russia due to a
mechanical problem. The 20-year-old Daley, who
will compete in the platform at the Commonwealth
Games diving competition at Edinburgh, was
returning from a competition in Shanghai when he
was among 301 people forced to land in the
Siberian city of Irkutsk. Daley later tweeted that he
was heading back to England after the delay.
CRASH REMEMBRANCE: Malaysian athletes and
officials held a minute's silence at their flag-raising
and plan to wear black armbands at the opening
ceremony in memory of the victims of the Malaysia
Airlines crash over Ukraine that killed 298 people.
Team spokesman Mohd Fahmi Omar said none of
the 180 athletes and 72 officials in Glasgow were
directly affected by the tragedy. Their flag at the
athletes' village was raised only to half-mast
yesterday. The Ukraine crash killed 44 Malaysians.
CHAMBERS OUT: Sprinter Dwain Chambers
pulled out of England's 4x100-metre relay team for
Glasgow to concentrate on the 100-metre event at
the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland
next month. The 36-year-old Chambers won his
fifth consecutive 100-metre title at the British
championships last month.
LOST JACKET COSTLY: A defending gold
medalist from the Delhi games in 2010, shooter Nur
Ayuni Farhana Abdul Halim of Malaysia, withdrew
from the games after her custom-made jacket,
which helps to maintain posture and reduce sway,
was lost en route to Glasgow. She was considered a
medal favourite in two events. Preliminary shooting
competition begins tomorrow, with the first medals
SPRINGBOK ON STANDBY: South Africa winger
Bryan Habana is on standby for the country's rugby
sevens squad at Glasgow. Habana, who plays for
French club Toulon, could see action for his team in
the preliminaries on Saturday before the knockout
matches and medal events Sunday. Rugby sevens
will make its debut at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
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COMMONWEALTH GAMES GLANCE
up for Games
T&T s sevens rugby team continued its prepara-
tion for the Commonwealth Games with a series
of warm-up matches at a camp in Strathallan board-
ing school, in Perth, Scotland.
The Calypso Warriors won two matches against
Perthshire Rugby Club before sealing another pair
of wins and one loss against Falkirk Rugby Club.
"These games were crucial as they offered us the
opportunity to test our attacking and defensive struc-
tures," said national coach Larry Mendez. "We relished
the opportunity to play unknown and skilful oppo-
sition, to test our own reaction and preparedness".
"We are very grateful to the T&T Olympic Com-
mittee (TTOC) for having the foresight to organise
such a camp," said team manager Curtis Nero. "It
gave us the opportunity to not only acclimatise, but
to train together and promote team bonding which
is so vital in team sports".
The team entered the Games Village on 13 July
where the programme continued, with modifications
for peaking, particularly in gym work.
Pre-competition games included a scrimmage ses-
sion against Papua New Guinea last Thursday. "A
scrimmage is a semi-controlled game in which we
agree to go live on scrums and lineouts, but only
smother tackle in open field," Mendez explained.
"The controlled game is meant to minimise potential
injury by reducing the incidence of contact".
In the two matches played against Papua New
Guinea, T&T won the first 10 points to 5 (no con-
versions taken), while the other was drawn 15-15.
T&T had another scrimmage against Uganda on
Saturday in miserable rainy weather. Uganda won
the first in 15-5, but T&T stormed back to take the
Two scrimmages were played and lost against
Canada, 15-10 and 15-5.
"I am really pleased with our defensive structures
displayed in the game against Canada," said assistant
coach Dale Trotman. "Despite the loss, there were
some good points we can build on as well as things
we need to fix. We need to press home our attacking
advantages by reacting quicker after creating the
gaps. Improved communication on the field will help."
"We are pleased with the leadership and high
quality of play being shown by captain Joseph Quashie
and Jesse Richards play so far has been tremendous
and an inspiration to the team," said Nero." Individuals
are beginning to step up now and we are seeing good
team play. The challenge is to maintain that focus
for the duration of the game. That is our challenge."
Confusion reigned yesterday
regarding the naming of the Red Steel
franchise in the current Limacol
Caribbean Premier League T20 tour-
While the players were busy getting
themselves ready for their fourth round
clash against the Guyana Amazon War-
riors at the Queen s Park Oval tomor-
row, press releases were flying left, right
Minister of Sport, Anil Roberts had
called on officials of the CPL to drop
the T&T name from the Red Steel two
weeks ago, citing that it was a franchise
and not representative of a national
team. This caused some alarm and
although Roberts revealed that CPL
had agreed that they erred in the matter
and would remove the name, there was
still discontent in certain quarters.
The minister provided strong argu-
ments for the removal of T&T from
the franchise but organisers were relent-
less and pursued the matter with gov-
ernment officials in T&T.
Yesterday, the confusion started at
12.44 pm when Sandra Welch-Farrell
& Company, acting on behalf of Digicel,
issued a press release stating that T&T
was restored to the team s title. The
release read: "The management of the
Limacol Caribbean Premier League is
pleased that the matter regarding the
naming of the Red Steel franchise has
been resolved and that the team will
once again proudly bear the name of
T&T Red Steel.
"We would particularly like to thank
Minister Gary Griffith for his timely
intervention in this matter and for his
support in bringing it to a positive con-
clusion. We can now concentrate our
efforts on ensuring that the remainder
of the tournament is a resounding suc-
cess and that cricket fans across the
world enjoy it to the fullest."
At a press conference at his offices
on Abercromby Street to clear up mat-
ters concerning the controversial Life
Sport programme minutes later, Roberts
was asked about the realease. He
responded: "As at this time, the name
remains the Red Steel. I don t know
who Griffith has been speaking to and
what right he has on the matter but
the only one to make that decision is
the cabinet of T&T. At this point in
time, no one has told me otherwise
and at last week s cabinet meeting there
was no decision on the matter. I don t
know how and why Griffith gets himself
involved in this."
Another release was sent out by Dig-
icel at 1.26 pm which quoted Limacol
CPL CEO, Damien O Donohoe, as fol-
lows: "On behalf of the entire CPL
team, we would like to extend our sin-
cerest thanks to the Honourable Prime
Minister of the Republic of T&T, Kamla
Persad Bissessar, and her Government
for their ongoing support for CPL and
in particular her help in restoring the
T&T Red Steel name to the franchise."
He continued: "We are absolutely
thrilled that the Red Steel will once
again proudly bear the name of T&T
Red Steel, and, with three home games
this week, we are in no doubt that this
news will give captain Dwayne Bravo
and his team an extra boost in their
efforts to take home the title of CPL
Champions 2014. We wish them all
the best and would like to thank the
fans in T&T for their fantastic sup-
In response to the latest release,
Roberts said that he could not make a
comment because it did not come offi-
cially from the office of the Prime Min-
ister, and as far as he was concerned
the name was still Red Steel.
Kevin O'Brien, left, and Darren Bravo, right, of the T&T Red Steel were on
hand as Karen Chapman, winner of Guardian Group LCPL trivia contest
received her six tickets from Larry Olton, Guardian Holdings executive.
for Red Steel
T&T combine wins Sir
BRIDGETOWN---Trinidad and Tobago s combined
Secondary Schools Cricket League has won the
28th Annual Sir Garry Sobers International Schools
Cricket Tournament which ended in Barbados on
Trinidad combined secured the title after pulling
off an easy 43 run win over Christchurch Foundation
School of Barbados in the final at Three W s Oval.
Half-centuries from Shaquille McDavid (56) and
Gabriel Blackwell (64) set up the victory as the T&T
side piled up 186 for nine off their reduced 36 overs.
In reply, Foundation School then slipped to 25 for
five in the first five overs before being dismissed for
143 in 28.5 overs.
McDavid and Blackwell then put on 115 runs for
the third wicket to carry their side well within sight
McDavid had also scored a half century to help
the young Trinidadians reach the finals with a two-
wicket win over Combermere School in last week s
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