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The TT boxing team at the Caribbean Championships in St Lucia.

BOXING (Amateur)

Brian Lewis, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), has urged the 11-member Trinidad and Tobago boxing team, which returned home with 10 medals from last weekend’s Caribbean Championships in St Lucia, to continue striving for excellence.

The boxing team paid a courtesy call to the TTOC yesterday at the TTOC head office on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

“We’re just here to show our thanks and regards to the president and other staff members of the Olympic Committee,” said TT boxing coach Floyd “The Fighting Postman” Trumpet.

Lewis congratulated the boxers but said their fight has just begun.

“I don’t want you to have a sense of entitlement,” he said. “It must be something that you enjoy and have a passion for. Representing your country (must) mean something to you. Once you continue to work hard, once you continue to have a vision as to where you want to go, once you continue to improve, and most of all, your demeanour (will speak) volumes.”

Lewis continued, “We want people to continue to invest in you. No matter how challenging things may be, you have to display class, integrity, determination and a willingness to overcome all obstacles to be the best you can be. If you continue working hard, good things will continue.” The TTOC boss promised to offer support to the boxing team in the immediate future.

“We would continue to help as best as we could,” said Lewis. We know that we have the Central American and Caribbean Games coming up in Barranquilla, Colombia next year, then we have the Pan Am Championships and then Tokyo 2020 (Olympics).”

Earlier, Lewis lauded the squad for their haul of six gold, three silver and one bronze.

“I think that was a tremendous return on the investment of the squad,” he noted. “I’ll like to extend congratulations on their success. Our commitment and support, to the best of our ability, is applied.”

Due to financial constraints, the TT squad travelling to St Lucia was trimmed from 35 to 11. “We are in some very challenging times,” he said, alluding to the reduction in the TT contingent. “Based on representations made by your coaches, the president of (the TT Boxing Association Cecil Forde) and Reynold Cox in particular, the TTOC availed itself to support.”

Lewis expressed his disappointment that 2016 Olympian heavyweight boxer Nigel Paul was unable to participate in St Lucia due to the lack of quality opponents. “But we look forward to his continued preparation for the Commonwealth Games (in Australia from April 4-15, 2018).”


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

Colin Murray |

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.

GOLFER Ysabelle Lawrence and martial arts’ Gabrielle Wood brought team TTO’s triumphant performance at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru to an end yesterday, hours before a ceremony closed the curtains to the quadrennial event after more than two weeks of action.

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.

I came in for some withering criticism recently for adopting the position, that as painful as it is, the current intolerable crime situation is an opportunity for T&T to recalibrate.

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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