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July 04, 2020

Matthews and Collett Banned From Olympics

MUNICH, West Germany, Sept. 8 — The International Olympic Committee barred today two United States…
July 04, 2020

Vincent Matthews and Wayne Collett: A Most Casual Protest With Most Striking Consequences

They stood there casually, one barefoot, hands on hips, the other in thoughtful repose, right…
July 04, 2020

Athletes Will Be Banned From Protesting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the Games Have…

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced new guidelines on Thursday that ban athletes from making…
July 04, 2020

RESOLUTION OF THE IOC EXECUTIVE BOARD WITH REGARD TO RACISM AND INCLUSION

The IOC stands for non-discrimination as one of the founding pillars of the Olympic Movement,…
July 01, 2020

Lewis highlights racial discrimination and gender inequality in sports

"Olympic Order is the Olympic Movement highest award for distinguished contributions to sports. The list…
June 29, 2020

Black Lives Matter movement brings ex-IOC President Brundage under new scrutiny

When the Olympic Games were last held in Tokyo, American multi-millionaire Avery Brundage was President…
June 27, 2020

Opinion: Equality still remains an elusive goal

My professional life has been defined by three principles: excellence, integrity, equality. They were bred…

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A spectacular, golden performance by Trinidad and Tobago’s World Relay champs, Deon Lendore, Jereem Richards, Asa Guevara and Machel Cedenio, in the 4×400 metre event, in Yokohama, Japan, this month, has provided another tantalizing teaser of what could lay in store for the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, (TTOC), as they chase their ambitious Vision 2024 goal.

#10Golds24 is the hashtag coined by the TTOC for this initiative, which aims to achieve ten or more olympic gold medals by the year 2024.

TTOC President, Brian Lewis, says his team continues to work assiduously to make their dream a reality and to nurture and develop olympic champions. Last year, the organisation hosted two transitional development programmes, focusing on areas like anti-doping, sports psychology, nutrition, branding and financial management. The TTOC’s #10Golds24 Athlete Welfare and Preparation Fund, established in 2014, has also been paying off, with several athletes afforded financial assistance to fund their olympic dreams. “Many of TTO’s Elite athletes are not financially well rewarded and would not have an opportunity to reach their potential without financial support,” Lewis points out, adding that the initiative also provides life skills training and internships with corporate TT to help prepare athletes for life after sport.

Looking back, Lewis says 2018 was a good year for team TTO.

At the Commonwealth Games, held in Australia, sprinter, Michelle Lee Ahye created history when she became the first female athlete to earn a gold medal at the prestigious Games. Jereem Richards’ gold medal in the 200m and swimming sensation, Dylan Carter’s silver in the Men’s 50m Butterfly, brought the total medal count to three. And at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Colombia, from July 19 - August 3, athletes brought home 30 medals:

Athletics – 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 2 Bronze
Boxing – 1 Silver and 1 Bronze
Cycling – 4 Gold and 5 Bronze
Hockey – 2 Bronze Rowing – 1 Silver
Swimming – 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze

A few months later in October, the female Futsal team made its debut at the Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and while no medals were won, the 13 athletes gave their best efforts during a highly competitive Youth Olympic Games, with swimmer Kael Yorke achieving a new personal best time in the Men’s 200m Butterfly and Kelsey Daniel jumping to a new personal best in the Men’s Triple Jump.
The TTOC has not slowed down in 2019.

In April, it launched a new initiative called the Thrive Team TTO programme, which aims to provide motivation, mentorship and opportunities to athletes. Four-time olympian and bob­sled­der, Lauryn Williams, has partnered with the TTOC to bring the programme to life and recently visited the country to speak one-on-one with athletes, coaches, parents and media. “In order to increase Trinidad and Tobago’s chances of winning 10 gold medals by 2024, corporate sponsors, businesses, all need to be on board,” Williams advised the TTOC during the recent seminar, as she spoke about the need for greater support for elite athletes.

Lewis shared similar sentiments. “We cannot wait until 2020 to start supporting our athletes who have a real chance of qualifying for the Olympics and getting onto that podium,” he says.

“All eyes are on Tokyo 2020, and the time to support team TTO is now.”

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