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CGF President Dame Louise Martin has described 2019 as an "incredibly important" year for her organisation ©Getty Images

News - Commonwealth Games

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Dame Louise Martin described 2019 as an "incredibly important year" for the organisation in her New Year's message.

Dame Louise first reflected on an a successful 2018, a year which included the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

"More countries won medals than ever before; more world and Commonwealth records were broken; and five different countries won their first ever Commonwealth medal - British Virgin Islands, Cook Islands, Dominica, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu," she said.

"An excellent achievement.

"Together, we christened Gold Coast 2018 the 'Games of Firsts'.

"The Games that will have a lasting positive change on our sports movement."

The Scot highlighted the importance of 2019 following the achievements of the previous year.

"Twenty-nineteen is an incredibly important year to build on this experience and these successes," she said.

"We are at a crucial crossroads - where we review and renew our strategic plan, Transformation 2022; where the community benefits of mega-sporting events are top of the agenda; where the rights of athletes, young people and marginalised groups are being widely discussed, debated and championed in different ways.

"As I look forward to the year ahead, I feel inspired by the role we can all play, and the responsibilities we uphold, as custodians of sport.

"I feel passionate about our commitments to our athletes and their communities, and to the young Commonwealth citizens that look to sport for hope and inspiration.

"Together, I know we - as the Commonwealth Sports Family - are committed to uphold the highest standards of respect for human dignity and achieve peace, sustainability and prosperity throughout our Commonwealth."

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games also featured in her message, with preparations for the event well underway after the English city stepped in to replace Durban in South Africa.

"With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham in many ways embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth," Dame Louise said.

"Every Commonwealth nationality has a home in Birmingham and with 148 different languages spoken, it is a very diverse and culturally rich city.

"The countdown has now truly begun, with the first Commonwealth Games Associations relations staff coming on board in early 2019."

The CGF President became the first female leader of CGF in September 2015 and was made a Dame after being included in this year's Queen's New Years Honours list for her services to sport.

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Rheeza Grant Interview - August 2019 - 2019 Pan Am Games, Lima, Peru

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning men's sprint gold at the Pan American Games ©Getty Images

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has praised his nation's athletes after the country recorded their best medal performance at the Pan American Games in Lima.

Colin Murray | colomurray@gmail.com

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

A few fans stopped me to ask what I thought about the West In­dies' per­for­mance so far in the se­ries against In­dia in both the T20's and the ODIs.

DOUBLE GOLD MEDALLIST! Nicholas Paul of T&T celebrates beating compatriot Phillip Njisanel, also of T&T, to win the gold medal in the track cycling men's sprint final at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 3. (AP)

2019 Pan Amer­i­can Games

The Pan Amer­i­can Games closed on Sun­day but T&T is still cel­e­brat­ing its his­toric per­for­mance, claim­ing 13 medals, the most ever.

I happen to be initially browsing but having caught my attention, I then perused thoroughly, the 2018 Oxford Business Group country report on Trinidad and Tobago.  There were a number of perespectives, snap shots and overviews written. If one wanted to get a well researched and documented overview of the economic and business landscape within the twin Island Republic.

31 July is CANOC day. A message was sent out. That it barely registered or caught the attention of sport stakeholders in the Caribbean is an opportunity not a slight. CANOC must embrace the opportunity to heighten awareness and engage in enhanced outreach to provide information about the organisation.

It is cold in Lima, Peru, host city of the 2019 Pan Am Games. In fact, it is winter here in the South American nation.

With the one-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games officially underway, the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC) has announced that TTO athletes will benefit from a pre-games training camp at the Japan Athlete Training Center Osumi, in Osaki Town, Kagoshima Prefecture, as part of Japan’s Host Town Initiative.

Dylan Carter

Tokyo 2020

National swimmer Dylan Carter has qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan after reaching the semi-final in the 100m freestyle at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships in South Korea.

In this file photo, (from L) TT's Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson and Marc Burns celebrate after winning silver in the men's 4×100m relay final at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 22, 2008.

Tokyo 2020

TEAM TTO has been assured of a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Twelve years after their second place finish at the 2008 Beijing Games, sprinters Richard Thompson, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Keston Bledman will receive their 4x100m relay gold.

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