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Carnival is over, back to sport

Friday, February 16, 2018
Alvin Corneal

Now that the carnival celebrations are over, the lovers of sport may well be hoping to hear of the sporting activities that will attract their attention. Quietly, did you hear of the performances of our national indoor men's hockey players who gave their best while competing against some of the giants in the world at the recent FIH World Indoor Hockey Championship in Germany?

Their ranking position tells us that the game of Hockey is vastly improving, probably the recipe for our young players will step up with the hope of going one better in the future.

Unfortunately, no one was at the airport to welcome the team on its return home, a habit which turned out to be shocking since almost all the national teams are well received at the airport upon their return from international assignments.

However, the carnival celebrations had attracted the attention of all, hence the quiet return of our team.

The Red Force cricket team was also battling its way towards seeking a place in the semi-finals of the Super 50 competition.

On the Football front, the focus is placed upon competitive activity among the zones with the hope of finding the most outstanding youngsters for national tournaments and international assignments. The emphasis is placed upon the youth teams attached to the professional clubs when there are many organisations in the zonal districts which do not enjoy the benefit of these competitive matches. Those players are encouraged to leave their village teams and join the professional clubs, a factor which causes a disruption in the development of sport in the community or districts.

Then there is the start of training of players for the friendly matches against Martinique and Guadeloupe in late March.

It is a great opportunity for the local based players to be exposed at the national level through the upcoming matches although the dates of the two friendly internationals are “FIFA” dates which allow clubs to release their foreign players.

Recently, the defeat of W Connection in the Caribbean league of the Concacaf champion league has sent a direct message to T&T as to the quality of our Pro League programme and teams, but a newly recruited group of players in Central FC squad managed to play good enough to take their team to the second round of the competition.

In a related matter, the restructuring of the country's Football is of paramount importance, where the leaders must communicate with the clubs across the country in order to receive a better picture than the one that presently exists with regards to competitions. The sport has a major advantage with five stadiums, and many well-maintained grounds at the schools and colleges, together with hundreds of community grounds which receive regular maintenance from the City and Borough corporations. This will aid in the spreeding of the game nationwide and growing the game's popularity at the community level. The fact is, the more people we have playing football locally and the wider the talent pool becomes this will serve our national programmes immensely in the future.


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