If the Olympic movement does not believe deeply in what it is doing and what it stands for, then its slide into irrelevance is only a matter of time.

The Olympic movement, and I dare say the rest of sport, are eagerly anticipating the release of the 40 proposed recommendations coming out of the year-long agenda 2020 discussions and consultations following over 40,000 submissions, the final stage of the reform process started by International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach following his election in 2013.

Calls for governance reform aren’t limited to the world of sport.

Around the world people are saying governments, once elected, no longer work for the people—only for the rich and powerful. In almost every country, people want effective, efficient and accountable government. They want to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and elect governments to make their everyday life better.

The same can be said for sport in addition to the growth and development of their respective sport or organisations. Add to that the use of sport for social objectives. Sport leaders also have to focus on providing athletes with what they need to give them the best chance to be their best and to be the healthiest and fittest when it matters most.

It is therefore going to be very interesting to see what the IOC agenda 2020 will produce and how far-reaching and transformative it is.

There are many issues that the Olympic movement must address.

These include:

• How can the Olympic movement build on the foundations and make the IOC and the Olympic movement fit for purpose for a rapidly and constantly changing world

• How can the IOC and the Olympic movement be more inclusive?

• How can the IOC be more vibrant, dynamic and relevant in its efforts to propogate Olympism, Olympic values and the Olympic ideals to the youth and young people of today’s world and a projection as to what will be required in the near future.

The ongoing challenges for all Olympic sport leaders continue to be the enormous demands and changes.

The Olympic movement must ensure that all stakeholders who agree to the Olympic charter align with the charter. It can’t be one rule for some and a different rule for others.

There are too many people getting involved in the movement who don’t seem to have any sincere interest in furthering the purpose, mission and values of the Olympic movement.

Those who are seeking to be in the leadership of the Olympic movement need an increased knowledge and appreciation of the Olympic ideals. They need greater commitment to the Olympic goal of sport contributing to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport and  enthusiasm to promote equal opportunity for females in sport.

Agenda 2020 will address some core issues including finding a way to improve the attitude of the Olympic movement about the relevance of the Olympic movement.

The truth be told is that when you sit around the table at Olympic movement meetings it is clear that not everyone shares the same belief system and commitment towards the Olympic values and ideals.

The time for talk is over. Now is the time for decisions. If the Olympic movement and the IOC want to remain in the driver’s seat decisive action is required.

Brian Lewis is the president of the T&T Olympic Committee. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Olympic Committee.


Dwight Yorke hopes the newly-launched British Airways Tobago Football Legends Challenge will provide a major boost for the country which has struggled to build upon its first-ever qualification for a FIFA World Cup in 2006.

The event, which sees 64 former English Premier League players compete in a six-a-side tournament at stadium in Tobago named after Yorke, will take place from June 15 to 22, 2015.

The former Manchester United, who also played for Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Sunderland during his illustrious career, was captain for Trinidad and Tobago's three group stage matches in Germany more than eight years ago.

The 43-year-old was recently quoted as saying that football in the country had since taken "a turn for the worst in many respects" by the Trinidad Guardian Newspaper.

Trinidad and Tobago failed to secure a spot at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups in South Africa and Brazil respectively, and Yorke believes the success of 2006 led to complacency setting in.

"I think it's the mentality sometimes of our country," Yorke, Tobago's global brand ambassador, told insidethegames here.

"It was mainly our own downfall at the time.

"Our country has a population of 1.3 million people and to qualify for the World Cup was obviously a historical moment.

"I've been fortunate to play at the highest level and as a player, you will not get any higher accolade than representing your country in a World Cup.

"So that was huge and I felt that at that time, instead of embracing it and learning from it, and making sure we continued going in the right direction, I feel that we took our eye off the ball.

"Maybe the players themselves to a certain extent are to blame with that success.

"They didn't embrace it well.

"They took it for granted.

"I always feared the worst because I could see from my own eyes that this was going to go belly up, and it did go belly up."

As well as British Airways, the Football Legends Challenge is also supported by the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association.

Former players from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool will be joined by All-Star teams formed from the Caribbean and the PFA.

The eighth and final team will come from either Newcastle, Everton, Aston Villa or Leicester.

The legends will also compete in a golf tournament at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort on June 19, as a prelude to the launch of the Dwight Yorke International Golf Tournament in 2016.

The Resort is home to Tobago's 18-hole Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) designed championship course.

Sky Sports will broadcast the Football Legends Challenge in a 90-minute special.


Former president of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board, Maureen Craig Rousseau, was elected to the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation as an ordinary member, securing one of the two positions available for new female members on the Board.
Her election came at the 44th International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Congress, held from October 29 to Sunday in Marrakesh, Morocco.
The Congress was titled the “Hockey Revolution Congress”and the FIH revealed its new ten-year strategy set to deliver a global sport, inspiring the next generation of hockey players. The FIH laid out its goals for the next ten years for hockey based around entertainment, professionalism, image and following.
Craig Rousseau’s vast experience as an administrator has been gained from exposure over the last 30 years, including among them director and vice-president for (Pan American Hockey Federation), with responsibility for the Caribbean over the past 12 years to date.


The Central American and Caribbean Games have been an integral part of my development as a shot putter. During my early career CAC Games medals were not guaranteed, as I came up against a crew, of world class Cuban throwers. However, these epic battles prepared me for the world stage. I can recall being extremely proud and excited to medal at my first CAC Games in Cartagena Columbia. At this meet I had to better the Olympic standard to medal due to the intense nature of the competition. At the Puerto Rico 2010 Games I also had to produce a big effort to walk away with the win. This year I am excited for the CAC Games, to represent T&T and hopefully inspire the next generation of female throwers.

While the CAC region is not predominantly know for producing female athletes in the throwing events, I believe that there is a lot of untapped talent in the region. I almost missed my calling, and did not really start throwing seriously until I was 18 years old. I came from the small village of Mayaro, where opportunities to throw were scarce. I did not get my chance until I migrated for College, and walked on to the Track and Field Team at Coppin State College. I had no throwing experience, but my collegiate coaches Gorden Rackley and Brian King molded me into a NCAA National Champion. As a result of my NCAA win I was encouraged to train for the 2004 Olympic Games. I moved from the lively urban setting of Baltimore, Maryland to the rural and tranquil town of Blacksburg, Virgina to work with Coach Gregory Jack. Coach Jack not only assisted me in achieving the Olympic Standard, but he accompanied me to my first CAC Games. The Games were very important to us, because as I mentioned earlier my competitors were fierce. At this time I was the only female shot putter from T&T, but I was in the company of our amazing hammer thrower Candice Scott. Together we brought some serious “girl power” to the team. Candice and I pushed each other, expecting only the best. With tons of hard work by my second CAC Games in Puerto Rico I knew I could throw over 19m and possibly win.

I am quite proud of my accomplishments at the last CAC Games, I was coaching myself at the time, and I was ready to throw far. Two thousand and ten was one of my best Track and Field seasons. The CAC Games were also very successful for Team T&T. I remember the team atmosphere being positive, and the medals coming in on a daily basis. I worked extremely hard to prepare for the 2010 Games, but it can not compare to the body of work my coach, Ismael Lopez Mastrapa and I have put in this year. Coach did not take it easy on me as we prep for the final meet of the year. As I look back on my many years as a competitor the CAC level it has never been easy. There has always been something or someone to push me to a new level. Mastrapa and I are aware that this meet falls well outside track season, but as always the CAC Games will be crucial to my success.  

The Central American and Caribbean Games team led by Annette Knott Chef de Mission can boast as being one of the strongest female contingents to participate in a multi sport Games representing the red, white and black
With 97 Female athletes from a contingent of 200 Athletes and a number of female officials on both the medical team and technical staff these Games will feel the full power of the T & T Women.
The female athletes include the Soca Princesses who will leave Ecuador on what we hope will be a successful journey to travel to the CAC games to revenge their defeat with Mexico.
Women will be represented in Five team sports, Football, Rugby ,Hockey,Volleyball both Indoor and Beach and Basketball.
Our medal prospects are boosted by the participation of Cleopatra Borel who will defend her CAC title along with Ayanna Alexander who also won Gold in CAC in 2010.

There are a few first in the young female members of the team, with open water swimming being represented for the first time by the two young David sisters, Syriah and Sania. Kelly Ann Arriandale is the first female sailor to compete at the CAC Games.

In the Team Sports Women's Hockey will also defend their title .

Mrs Knott who has arrived in Veracruz ahead of the team is optimistic that the women will produce their best at the Games that will inspire the team to have the best performances in 2014.  We must believe and have faith in our Athletes.








Chef de Mission

Annette Knott

Assistant to CDM

Wendell Labastide

Administrative Assistant

Lovie Santana

Press Personnel

Allan Crane





Dr Ramsawak


Dr Khan


Karielle De bique


Kern Roberts


Verne Alleyne


Kemba London


June Durham


Brent Elder


Kevin Macintyre


Derek Ashby


Nicole Fuentes


Zeph Nicholas

Athletics  11 AT  /6 AO

Manager - 1

George Comissiong

17 Total

Coaches - 5

Wade Franklyn


Gerard Franklyn


Ismael Lopez



Michelle Pennie


Paul Voisin

Athletes - 11

Emmanuel Callendar


Kyle Greaux


Kendis Bullard


Jamal James


Mikel Thomas


Quincy Wilson


Akeem Stewart


Tonya Nero


Josanne Lucas


Ayanna Alexannder


Cleopatra Borel

Archery              6 AT/2AO

Manager - 1

Gregory Quesnel


Coach - 1

Colvin Chin

Athletes - 6

George  Vire


Hasmath Ali


Amrit Siew


Neela Cezair


Jean-Luc Espinet


Sonia Thompson

Aquatics   10AT/2AO



Total 12

Coach - 1

Paul Newallo

Athletes - 6

George Bovell


Joshua McLeod

Pool swim


Abraham McLeod


David McLeod


Kristin Julien


Cherelle Thompson

Open water Swim

Coach –  1

Hazel Haynes

Athletes - 4

Christian Marsden


Sachin Sankar


Syriah David


Shania David

Water polo 12AT/2AO

Manager - 1

Marsha Bhawanie

Total 14

Coach - 1

Andrew Francis

Athletes - 12

Gregory Joseph


Daniel Alvarez


Justin Bodden


Matthew George


Jake Gillette


Kieron Emmanuel


Russell Ferreira


Christopher Forte


Alec Chin Lee


John Littlepage


Daniel Abraham


Ryan West

Badminton 6AT/2AO

Manager – 1

Ronald Clarke

Total 8

Coach - 1

Solangel Guzman

Athletes - 6

Nekeisha Blake


Jada Renales


Kerwyn Pantin


Will Lee


Kerian Quan Chee


Alistair Espinoza

Basketball 12AT /4AO

Manager - 1

Arnold Thomas


Coaches - 2

Christopher Jackson Charles


Clair Mitchell (Official)


Shawn Ryan

Athletes - 12

Rhea Codio


Jowan Ortega


Jellene Richardson


Kielle Connelly


Alicia Cumberbatch


Samantha Wallace


Doursiel Moore


Trecha  Jackson-Kennedy


Patrice Edwards


Allison Young


Aneicia Baptiste


Afeisha Noel

Boxing  5AT/2AO


Reynold cox

Total 7


Floyd Trumpet

Athletes - 5

Anthony Joseph


Michael Alexander


Stephen Charles


Aaron Prince


Andrew Fermin



Canoe/Kayak 4AT/1AO

Coach - 1

Merryl See Tai


Athletes - 4

Satyam Maharaj


Sherlon Pierre


Matthew Robinson


Keian Huggins

Cycling 5AT/3AO


Joel Browne

Total 8


Desmond Dickie


Kevin Tinto


Quincy Alexander


Kwesi Browne


Jude Codrington


Emile Abraham


Varun Maharajh


Arin King


Tasha St Louis


Maylee Attin Johnson


Afiyah Matthias


Kennya Cordner


Annalis Cummings


Gymnastics 2AT/2AO

Coaches -2

Benjamin Kenetelsen



Clifton Mc Dowell

Athletes - 2

William Albert


Thema Williams

Hockey  32AT/8A)

Managers - 2

Christabella George-Ford



Cindy Martin-Faustin


Coach - 1

Raphael Govia

IT/Videographer - 1

Nicholas Baldeosingh

Athletes -16

Darren Cowie


Solomon Eccles


Shaquille Daniel


Mickell Pierre


Akim Toussaint


Kwandwayne Browne


Dwain Quan Chan


Dillet Glikes


Jordan Reynos


Aidan De Gannes


Kiel Murray


Stefan Mouttet


Tariq Marcano


Michael O’Connor


Andrey Rocke


Marcus James


Managers - 1

Valisha Sylvester

Coach - 2

Anthony Marcano


Stacey Siu Butt

IT/Videographer - 1

Natalie Nieves

Athletes -

Alanna Lewis


Avion Ashton


Brianna Govia


Dana-Lee De Gannes


Kayla Brathwaite


Patricia Wright-Alexis


Petal Derry


Amie Olton


Elise Olton


Krizia Layne


Sekayi Liburd


Kristin Thopson


Tamia Roach


Oire Trotman


Blair Wyne

Judo 5AT/2AO

Manager – 1

Joel Bernard

Coach - 1

Jesus Chavez Ramirez

Athletes - 5

Christopher George


Devon Brito


Jelanie Boyce


Sean Lawrence


Khaliqa Mohammed

Rugby 24AT/6AT

Officials -6

Curtis Nero


Larry Mendez


Dale Trotman


Athletes – 12

Agboola Silverthorn



Darrel Scott




Shakir Flemming



Rowell Gordon


Aasan Lewis


Joseph Quashie



Keishon Walker



Christopher Hudson



Jesse  Richards


James Phillip



Anthony Forde



David Gokool



Team Coach

Ebony Young


Carlton Felix


Jenilee Limada

Athletes - 12

Akelar George



Sara Griffith



Kerchelle Hinkson



Dalia Jordan-Brown



Marika Mendez



Vanicia Mootoo



Nicolette Pantor



La Shaun Sandy



Ayana Skeete




Kathleen Stephen



Blossom Stewart



Kanisha Vincen


Manager - 1

Kairon Serrette

Chaperone - 1

Jennifer Arrindell

Athletes - 2

Andrew Lewis


Kelly-Ann Arrindell


Manager - 1

Carl Tang

Athletes - 4

Roger Daniel


Rhodney Allen


Clement Marshall


Marlon Moses


Manager/Coach - 1

Ryan Jagerssar

Athletes  - 3

Colin Ramasra


Kale Wilson


Nku Patrick

Table Tennis

Manager/Coach - 1

Reeza Burke

Athletes - 6

Dexter St. Louis


Curtis Humphreys


Aaron Wilson


Rheann Chung


Ashley Quashie


Catherine Spicer


Coach - 1

Cheryl Sankar

Athletes - 2

Lenn Hypolite


Dorian Alexander





Manager - 1

Colin Charles

Coach - 1

David Thomas

Athletes -4

Daneil Williams


Fabien Whitfield


Nancy Joseph


Ayanna Dyette

Women Indoor

Manager - 1

Peer Nasseir

Coaches - 2

Nicholson Drakes


Macsood Ali

Athletes - 12

Jalicia Ross-Kydd


Channon Thompson


Kelly Anne Billingy


Sinead Jack


Marisha Herbert


Darlene Ramdin


Rheeza Grant


Courtnee Mae Clifford


Makila York


Sakile Grannum


Maya Roberts


Kaylon Cruickshank

Men Indoor

Manager- 1

Lyndon Simmons

Coaches -2

Gideon Dickson


David Camacho

Statistician - 1

Arthur Robinson

Athletes - 12

Kevin Nimrod


Ryan Mahadeo


Nolan Tash


Darnel David


Sean Miguel Morrison


Simon Blake


Ryan Stewart


Joshua Mohammed


Kwesi Daniel


Brandon Legall


Colin Bernard


Saleem Ali


Admin:                                 4


Medical:                               12


Athletes:                             197


Managers/Coaches:       59


Total:                                    272

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee(TTOC) has selected 200 athletes to compete at the XXII Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) 2014 to be held in Veracruz, Mexico from the 14 – 30th November.

The delegation will be led by Chef de Mission Annette Knott, the Secretary General of the TTOC with Wendell Labastide as the Assistant Chef de Mission.

19 Sports including 9 team sports qualified for the CAC Games included in the team list are CAC 2010 Gold medal winners and defending champions George Bovell, Cleopatra Borel, Roger Daniel and the women’s hockey team. At the 2010 CAC Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico T&T was represented by 235 athletes in 24 sports and returned with a record medal haul OF 34 medals( 9 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze)

Olympic medalists Emmanuel Callender will be strong contenders for CAC Gold.  Sailor Andrew Lewis is keen to make a good showing in his quest to qualify for the Rio Olympics

The Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) team of 200 athletes includes the female Soca Warriors.

Team TTO will be based in 4 cities in the State of Veracruz with Athletics, Cycling, Archery, and Badminton in the City of Xalapa
Cordoba will be the home to Volleyball
Tuxpan will host Canoe/kayak
All the other TTO team sports will be in Veracruz

For a some Sports the CAC Games is the qualifier for Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. The CAC Games is an essential step on the pathway to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Team TTO will be represented at the CAC Games by:

Aquatics, Swimming, Marathon Open Water Swimming and Water Polo.
This is the first time Trinidad and Tobago will be represented in Open Water swimming by 4 young swimmers





Basketball, The women’s basketball team is the first team to represent Trinidad and Tobago basketball at the CAC Games

Cycling,  Includes experienced veteran cyclist Emile Abraham


Football Women’s team



Hockey Men and Women’s teams the Women are the defending Champions

Rugby Men and Women a first time appearance for the Women




Table Tennis, Dexter St Louis once again wearing the RED WHITE and BLACK


Volleyball Indoor both men and women and Beach Volleyball both Men and Women

The full list of Athletes will be released on the 7th November.