It is imperative that the TTOC, NSOs, the Minister of Sport , Ministry of Sport and Sport company of Trinidad and Tobago have a shared vision and consensus on the way forward.

Change brings with it uncertain , doubt ,confusion and a loss of confidence.

Knowing what are our shared  priorities , getting them right and following  them will be a critical success factor if local sport is to overcome the perceived crisis it has fond itself in. We can't  act as if all is well. It is not. Its not business as usual.

When times are good there is a margin for error.

With Rio 2016 on the horizon there is no margin for error.

There are issues that must be addressed .

We can't allow red tape and bureaucracy to become an insurmountable obstacle.

We have a duty and responsibility to approach the current situation with a sense of urgency. We don't have the luxury of time.

The journey to achieve Olympic and World level sporting success is a long and difficult one  we are almost  to Rio 2016 . We can't afford to slip up.

We run the risk of 8 to 12 years of planning  going down the drain.

The planning for 2020 and beyond is already in train.

There will always be setbacks and detours but how we react will determine if we remain on course for success or not.

Trinidad and Tobago's Akanni Hislop placed fourth in the Men's 200m A final when the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games continued at the Nanjing Olympic Sport Centre Stadium yesterday.

The T&T athlete clocked 21.57 seconds out of lane two as USA's Noah Lyles powered away for the victory in 20.80. Jamaica's Chad Walker, who was second across the finish line in 21.19 seconds,  was disqualified and that promoted Botswana's Boboloki Thebe to silver (21.20) and Chinese Taipei's Chun-Han Yang (21.31) to the bronze medal position in a race in which Italy's Filippo Tortu did not start. Hislop, who was fifth across the line,  also benefitted to move up one spot to fourth.

On Saturday his T&T teammate, female hurdler Jeminise Parris finished fifth in the A finals of the Women's 100m hurdles.

Parris completed her race in 13.76 seconds, after she had qualified in  a personal  best time of 13.62 from Wednesday's  preliminaries.
Also yesterday,  Anduwelle Wright leaped to 7.21 metres to win the B finals of the Men's Long Jump. He improved 29 centimeters from his preliminary jump to take the B finals victory.
In beach volleyball action at the Youth Olympic Sport Park, the T & T pair of Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson put up a fighting effort but did not advance past the round of 24 when they lost in two straight sets to Argentina 21-13, 21-13.
And in sailing, after three straight days of no racing because of a lack of wind, 15-year-old Abigail Affoo placed 17th in today's race at Jinniu Lake which was run in five knots of wind and heavy fog. Affoo finished 28th overall in the Women's One Person Dinghy.
T&T's YOG silver and bronze medalist Dylan Carter left the camp Saturday as his departure was pre-arranged for him to return in time for school at the University of Southern California in  Los Angeles.

Top local women’s beach volleyball pair, Ayana Dyette and Nancy Joseph sealed a ticket to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games scheduled for Mexico, in November when they won their best-of-two series against Elki Phillip and Pauline Woodroffe at Saith Park, Chaguanas, Beach Volleyball Facility, on Sunday.

The tournament was expected to be a four-team one, but with Malika Davidson and Chelsi Ward at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China, and Apphia Glasgow and La Teisha Joseph absent, the second-leg of the qualifiers was a two-team affair between Dyette and Joseph, and main rivals, Phillip and Woodroffe.

And despite only playing one match, Dyette and Joseph did not have things all their way though as they needed to come from a first set deficit to earn their victory, 12-21, 21-13, 15-13 to stretch their unbeaten run to nine tournaments locally for the season.

Last month, Dyette and Joseph took the bold step towards earning the lone ticket to represent T&T in the women’s competition in Mexico when they played unbeaten in the first of three, four-team round-robin qualifiers at Chaguanas.

The experienced duo, who have been T&T’s lone women’s representatives on the Norceca Beach Volleyball Circuit this season, outplayed FIVB World Under-21 Championships participants Ward and Davidson 21-11, 21-17 before powering past Phillip and Woodroffe 21-9, 21-13, and Glasgow and Joseph 21-16, 21-8 to end with a 3-0 record.

Phillip and Woodroffe took second spot with a 2-1 mark after beating Glasgow and Joseph 21-10, 21-16, and Davidson and Ward 17-21, 21-14, 21-19 while Glasgow and Joseph defeated Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson 15-21, 21-14, 15-11 for third.

So far this season, Dyette and Joseph were 12th in the fifth leg on the sand courts of Huixquilucan, Toluca, Mexico, in June after starting off with an 11th-placed finish in the Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands followed by 12th in Guatemala City and a best so far of seventh, in Antigua, Guatemala, during the third leg.

After missing out on the sixth and seventh legs of the tour in North Bay, Canada (July 9-14) and Varadero, Cuba (August 20-25), the local women will return to the tour for the eighth leg in Puerto Rico from September 17 - 22.

The remaining legs will then take place in Chula, Vista, California, USA, (October 1-6); Vera Cruz, Mexico, (October 15-20), Costa Rica, (October 22-27) and the final leg for a third straight year, in T&T, Pigeon Point to be exact, from November 12-17.

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FIFA INSTRUCTOR Patrick Beckles was impressed with the FIFA Members Association Administrative and Management Course, which concluded on Friday at the VIP Lounge, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

A total of 44 persons attended the four-day course, including club officials and match commissioners.

Beckles, a former general secretary of the Barbados Football Association, stated, “for me, the course was a pleasure. I think the wonderful thing about it was the tremendous amount of interaction and discussion between the participants. That, in itself, set the tone for the course.”

Beckles continued, “and we had a wide cross-section of persons of both ages, interests and experiences. And the discussions formulated allowed us to be able to present some proposals to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) executive for them to be able to consider.

“It was not just a course which was theoretical but some very practical solutions to some challenges, both for the TTFA at the level of the executive, but also the regional leagues, and some of the other interest groups - women’s football, beach football, futsal.

“We were able to generate some proposals, which now the football family has to consider to work with, and to be able to see where we can take them,” he added.

Asked about his role in the global game, Beckles responded, “I’m a consultant in football. I do consultancy for both FIFA and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU). I have been since 2009.”

He continued, “I’m also a match official. I have worked extensively at World Cups. I have functioned as a security officer. One thing I would wish to say is that a lot of my training took place right here in Trinidad and Tobago. Therefore, this was an opportunity for me to give back.

“Yes, I have travelled extensively. I worked throughout the Caribbean (and the Americas), Asia, Europe, the Middle East. But they always say there is no place like home. For me, the Caribbean is home,” he ended.

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T&T “Calypso Girls” were out for revenge last night when they came up against regional rival Barbados in their final match of the 14th edition of the International Netball Federation (INF) Americas Regional Qualifying Tournament for the INF Netball World Cup at SAIT Polytechnic, Alberta, Canada.

This after both teams won for the fifth straight time on Sunday night to improve to identical 5-0 records in the seven-team tournament. The top two teams, T&T and Barbados have already earned the two available spots to Australia ahead of the final round of matches.

Playing in their penultimate match of the tournament on Sunday, the Calypso Girls, ranked tenth in the world raced into a 24-6 lead over Grenada before coasting to an 82-31 blowout victory.

T&T also led 41-14 at the half and extended its advantage to 63-23 by the end of the third quarter before cruising through the final period.

The win for the Wesley “Pepe” Gomes-coached T&T women followed an emphatic 116-11 demolition of Argentina the night before, the largest margin of victory by the national team since it crushed Guyana 104-13 at the 2012 edition of the tournament held at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.

Back then, the host which won the tournament in 2010 ended third after losing to eventual champions Jamaica (40-60) and runner-up Barbados (48-59) in their head-to-head meetings.

However, T&T defeated Barbados in their last two meetings, 35-33 in a Tri-Nation encounter on home soil in February and 38-37 at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland and last night, Gomes and his team was hoping for a third straight triumph.

Also on Sunday, the world ninth ranked Barbadians warmed up for their meeting with T&T by sweeping past 20th rated host Canada 62-37 after being ahead 13-5, 29-14 and 44-29 at the end of the first three quarters while Cayman Islands overcame Argentina 55-27.

In Saturday’s other two matches, Barbados defeated Grenada 76-23 and USA blasted Cayman Islands 50-19.

By qualifying to the World Cup, Gomes and his T&T team made a big step towards overcoming a disappointing showing in Glasgow, Scotland, where the former world champions won only one of six matches.

After edging out the Barbadians, T&T was then beaten by South Africa (40-56), Wales (31-50), Australia (34-69), England (24-70) and Scotland, 28-46 in their ninth placed playoff .

The teams already qualified for the World Cup to date are ten-time champions and reigning holders Australia, New Zealand, England, the top three teams in the world along with Jamaica, South Africa, Wales, Scotland, Fiji and Samoa.

Results

2014 AFNA

Championship results:

Saturday

T&T 116 bt Argentina 11

USA 50 bt Cayman Islands 19

Barbados 76 bt Grenada 23

Sunday

T&T 82 bt Grenada 31

Barbados 62 bt Canada 37

Cayman Islands 55 bt Argentina 27

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JOSEPH RAHAEL, developer of SouthPark near Tarouba Link Road in San Fernando, is calling for the completion of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and the San Fernando waterfront project. Rahael said the completion of those two mega projects will add to the development of the southern city.

Rahael was speaking during the opening of the SouthPark Cinemas 10 on Tuesday. SouthPark Cinemas 10 is owned by Caribbean Cinemas and is the second phase of the SouthPark development, Rahael said. Also attending the opening was San Fernando’s Deputy Mayor Junia Regrello.

Rahael said: “We are proud to be a part of all the new and exciting projects in San Fernando, The University of the West Indies (UWI) South Campus, the San Fernando Teaching Hospital, the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts, to name a few. Mr Mayor, we would like to see the real development of the San Fernando Waterfront and the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.”

He said phase one of the SouthPark development was already completed with the new Toyota headquarters. Phase three was under construction and will include retail shopping and services, fine and casual dining and other forms of entertainment. Some of the tenants will include TGI Fridays, Subway, Yogurt Land, Hallmark Cards, RIK Services Ltd, Bhagan’s Drugs and Woodford Cafe.

Republic Bank will also be constructing another regional headquarters, he said. Rahael said: “The final phase of this development will include a 125-room brand name hotel and more shopping and entertainment options. SouthPark is really a lifestyle centre, a regional destination of shopping, fine dining and entertainment located right here in San Fernando.”

Consultations relating to the Waterfront project continue to take place with the latest being held last week. Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie said if it were to become a reality, 174 families will have to be relocated. In May, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said no work will be done on the Brian Lara Stadium until the national budget is delivered. He said at least $190 million was needed for its completion. The budget is expected to be read in Parliament on September 8.

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