Professional cyclists, casual cyclists or citizens looking for a new form of transport will now have access to a lane around the Queen’s Park Savannah after a ground-breaking meeting was held on Monday morning between Government Ministers and members of the cycling fraternity.

At the end of the meeting held at the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, it was decided that cyclists will have access to one of the lanes around the savannah in approximately two weeks.

Cyclists will be allowed to use the inside lane (closest lane to the savannah) between 4 am and 6 am and between 8 pm and 9.30 pm during the week.

On holidays and weekends, riders would be allowed to use the lane between 6 am and 9 am.

Some of those present at the meeting were Minister of Works and Infrastructure Surujrattan Rambachan, Minister of Transport Stephen Cadiz, president of the Madonna Wheelers Cycling Club Barry Edghill and former national cyclists Gene Samuel and Roger Gibbons.

The Ministers also agreed to encourage the Chaguaramas Development Authority to provide the necessary infrastructure to elevate the Chaguaramas Golf Course circuit into a ‘Safe Cycling Zone’.

Yesterday Edghill was happy with the new development. “It is a relief. I almost stood up and applauded after hearing the news. It was such great news for cycling.”

He added that not only local riders would benefit, but foreigners who want to ride will now feel safe.

Members of the T&T cycling fraternity have been feverishly trying to get respect for riders. Edghill spoke about Share The Road T&T, an organisation launched following the passing of former national cyclist and coach Clinton Grant, who died while riding along the Audrey Jeffers Highway last year.

“They are on a mission to help educate motorists about what cyclists are entitled to, they also intend to educate what is required from them (cyclists).”

Samuel also could not contain his excitement, saying: “I am very excited for the safety of the riders. The meeting was very positive. After waiting so many years, it is a great thing, it will be great for tourists.”

Samuel believes citizens in T&T will start living healthy again and is confident there will be more bicycles on the road.

The former national cyclist has been pleading for the safety of cyclists for more than ten years.

Edghill, who praised Minister Rambachan for his help, is encouraging all cycling clubs and groups to give suggestions to establish more safe zones for cycling in the country.


The national team sprint trio of Keron Bramble, Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne will look for more silverware when the third leg of the 2014/2015 UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup series pedals off today in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

The trio won gold on January 9 at the Milton International Challenge in Ontario, Canada. Bramble, Phillip and Browne were convincing in victory, snatching gold in a time of 46.356 seconds. Host team Canada was a distant second in 47.617, while the Sprinters Edge Club rounded off the top three in 48.239. The trio used the Milton Challenge as preparation for the UCI World Cup.

After competing in the team sprint today, Browne will line up in the men’s keirin tomorrow and Phillip will aim for a medal in the men’s sprint on Sunday. Browne and Phillip won bronze in the men’s keirin and men’s sprint respectively at the Milton International Challenge.

In November 2013 at the first leg of the 2013/2014 World Cup series in England, Phillip became the first T&T cyclist to win a medal at the UCI World Cup. Phillip won silver in the men’s sprint, finishing behind German rider Robert Forstemann.


THE SPORTS Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) will be making an evaluation of the repairs required to make the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago OSHA-ready.

The stadium, which falls under SPORTT, was deemed unsafe and has not been in use, although the THA recently spent $14 million to replace the Mondo track last year.

Secretary of Education, Youth Affairs and Sport (DEYAS) Assemblyman, Huey Cadette, speaking at last Wednesday’s post-Executive Council media briefing at the Administrative Complex, Calder Hall, said a meeting was held at the stadium on December 31, 2014 to discuss its closure and the way forward for the sports facility. The meeting was attended by officials of his Division, headed by Assistant Secretary Assemblyman Jomo Pitt, the Ministry of Sport, the Sport Company and OSHA.

Cadette said, coming out of the meeting, the Sports Company agreed to make an evaluation of all the work to be done at the stadium while OSHA indicated that once the plumbing, electrical and air condition works were successfully completed, they would be prepared to give approval to use the track and the wider sporting areas.

He added that the Assembly now has to keep in contact with the company to ensure the work is done in a timely manner.

He said the Assembly was still awaiting the structural engineering assessment on the integrity of the main stand.

Cadette said the primary and secondary schools zonal championship is schedule to take place in March. “We are concerned that after a significant investment in the track our student athletes and our elite athletes would not have access to train or compete especially in a year when we would have the Pan American Games and World Championships; there is a need to have that track available for our athletes,” Cadette said.


JOHANNESBURG—Chris Gayle was again sensational as West Indies incredibly pulled off the highest ever run chase in the history of Twenty20 Internationals, to beat South Africa by four wickets with four balls to spare, and clinch a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series here yesterday.

The big-hitting opener top-scored with a stunning 90 off 41 balls to help West Indies overhaul South Africa’s 231 for seven and silence a capacity crowd which crammed into the Wanderers.

Gayle struck nine fours and seven sixes and put on a record 152 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels who stroked a classy 60 from a mere 39 balls, with seven fours and two sixes.

Their heroics outshone South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis who unfurled a classic 119 off 56 balls, his maiden T20 hundred, to guide the hosts to the fourth highest T20 International total, after they were sent in.

South Africa lost two early wickets but du Plessis counted 11 fours and five sixes and combined with David Miller, who struck 47 off 26 balls with four fours and three sixes, in an up tempo 105 for the third wicket.

The partnership was finally broken when Andre Russell ran out Miller at the nonstriker’s end in the 11th over with the Windies running out of ideas, and du Plessis added a further 66 for the fifth wicket with Farhaan Behardien (8 not out), before he holed out at the end of the 19th over off pacer Jason Holder.

Seamer Dwayne Bravo (2-32) and Holder (2-40) finished with two wickets apiece.

Left with the challenge of re-writing history, the Windies seemed in danger of wasting the brilliance of Gayle and Samuels when they lost five wickets for 38 runs, slumping from 171 for one in the 14th over to 206 for six in the 18th.

But captain Darren Sammy uncorked a little cameo of 20 not out off seven balls, with two fours and a six, that lifted West Indies over the line.

The game, though, remained up for grabs with the Caribbean side requiring 21 runs from the last two overs only for Sammy and Denesh Ramdin (7 not out) to belt wayward speedster Kyle Abbott for 18 runs off the penultimate over.

With three runs needed from the last six balls and victory all but assured, Sammy finished the game in style by depositing fast bowler Marchant de Lange over the ropes at deep mid-wicket, to spark celebrations among the visitors.

Needing to score at nearly 12 an over to win, West Indies displayed their attacking intent from as early as the first over when Dwayne Smith gathered three fours off Abbott. He took another one off de Lange in the second over before missing the next delivery and falling lbw for 17.

Gayle and Samuels then launched an exhibition of stroke-play which left South Africa in disarray.

While Gayle struck the ball with brute force, Samuels was surgical in his execution, as they scored at a remarkable rate of 13 runs an over through the first ten overs.

The left-handed Gayle came to life in the third over bowled by Abbott. The first ball was a dot one but Gayle then crunched four consecutive off-side boundaries before finishing off with a six over mid-wicket.

Not to be left out, Samuels punched seamer David Wiese past mid-off for four in the next over and then struck him for a straight six to end the over—a shot that raised the Windies fifty off just 24 deliveries.

Gayle took another two fours and a six off Abbott in the fifth over that cost 15 runs while Samuels singlehandedly took another 16 from the sixth over from Wiese, as the first six overs gushed 86 runs.

A straight six off leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s third ball of the innings brought Gayle his second half-century in three days, and his 13th in T20 Internationals, and he quickly celebrated by tearing into Aaron Phangiso with two sixes and a four in the left-arm spinner’s second over.

The century stand—the best for any wicket against the Proteas in T20s—came off 43 balls in the ninth over and Samuels strolled to his half-century off 29 balls in the 13th over, before the partnership ended when Gayle missed a tired- looking dab to third man and was caught behind off Wiese (3-43).

Samuels followed nine balls later with seven runs added, holing out to long on in Wiese’s next over, and the customary collapse followed with Kieron Pollard (7), Andre Russell (14) and Bravo (10) all perishing cheaply as the game tilted South Africa’s way.

Sammy, however, kept his wits about him and pulled the innings around with a late flourish. (CMC)


West Indies vs South Africa
R Rossouw c wkp Ramdin b Holder . . . . .15
M van Wyk c Pollard b Benn . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
F du Plessis c Bravo b Holder . . . . . . . . . . .119
D Miller run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
J Ontong c Holder b Bravo . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
F Behardien not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
D Wiese c Smith b Bravo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
K Abbott run out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Extras (lb2, w7, nb2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) . . . . . . . .231
Did not bat: M de Lange, Imran Tahir, A
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (van Wyk, 0.5 overs),
2-21 (Rossouw, 2.2), 3-126 (Miller, 10.3), 4-
156 (Ontong, 13.3), 5-222 (du Plessis, 19), 6-
228 (Wiese, 19.2), 7-231 (Abbott, 20)
Bowling: Benn 3-0-42-1, Cottrell 3-0-47-0
(nb1), Holder 4-0-40-2 (w2), Russell 4-0-
39-0 (w4, nb1), Bravo 4-0-32-2 (w1),
Sammy 1-0-17-0, Pollard 1-0-12-0.
D Smith lbw b de Lange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
C Gayle c wkp van Wyk b Wiese . . . . . . . .90
M Samuels c Behardien b Wiese . . . . . . .60
K Pollard c Behardien b Wiese . . . . . . . . . . . 7
A Russell c Miller b Abbott . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
DJ Bravo c Ontong b Phangiso . . . . . . . . . .10
D Sammy not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
D Ramdin not out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Extras (b4, w7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
TOTAL (6 wkts, 19.2 overs) . . . . . . .236
Did not bat: J Holder, S Benn, S Cottrell.
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Smith, 1.5 overs), 2-
171 (Gayle, 13.4), 3-178 (Samuels, 15.1), 4-
185 (Pollard, 15.5), 5-198 (Russell, 16.4),
6-209 (Bravo, 17.4)
Bowling: Abbott 4-0-68-1 (w1), de Lange
3.2-0-42-1 (w2), Wiese 4-0-43-3 (w3),
Phangiso 3-0-33-1, Imran Tahir 4-0-29-0
(w1), Ontong 1-0-17-0.
Result: West Indies won by four wickets.
Series: West Indies lead three-match
series. Man-of-the-Match: Chris Gayle.
Toss: West Indies.
Umpires: S George, A Holdstock; TV—J
Cloete. (CMC)


Sei Daniel, Nijsane Phillip and Kwesi Browne completed a satisfactory weekend for Trinidad and Tobago cyclists with four more medals between them in the sprint and keirin events as the Milton International Challenge in Canada concluded yesterday.
Daniel, T&T’s main sprint prospect for the Pan Am Junior Championships later this year, boosted his confidence with gold and bronze in the junior sprint and keirin. In the sprint, he beat the event’s fastest qualifier, Nick Wammes of Canada in straight rides in the final on Saturday evening.
On his way to that triumph, Daniel also all set a personal best of 11.713 seconds in the qualifying Flying 200 metres ride. Wammes had topped the list in 11.406.
In the quarter-finals, Daniel came up against another Canadian, Jake Allaire and won in straight rides to move to the semi-finals where he also needed just two rides to get past Lucas Taylor to set up his successful final showdown with Wammes.
Daniel also got to the 1-6 final in the Junior keirin yesterday after placing second in heat two and then finished third behind Wammes and Taylor.
Phillip, meanwhile, coming off a difficult 2014 in which he struggled to find top form following kidney problems early in the year, started 2015 in more positive fashion by getting on the medal rostrum on Saturday.
He rebounded from his semi-final loss to training partner and Canadian champion Hugo Barrette in straight rides, by beating another Canadian, Evan Carey, also in straight rides in the bronze medal ride-off.
Barrette went on to win gold, coming from a ride down to beat Joseph Veloce who had qualified with the fastest time.
“Njisane is on his way back and he is moving in the right direction,” Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation president Robert Farrier told the Express yesterday. Farrier, who is at the meet being held at the new 250-metre track as an observer, added that Phillip, who used the event to sharpen up technically, “was very much pleased with this weekend.”
Phillip was also down to compete in the keirin but scratched from the event.
Yesterday, Browne battled to the bronze in the keirin behind Veloce and Barrette.
Browne qualified for the second round after winning heat two, while teammate Keron Bramble went into the repechage after finishing third in heat one. Bramble was second in heat one of the repechage but was eventually disqualified in the rideoff for seventh to 12th places.
Also yesterday, Varun Maharajh finished fourth in the omnium series of six races. In the women’s keirin, both Aziza Brown (third) and Jodi Goodridge (fifth) went into the repechage after failing to gain one of the two automatic qualifying spots. Keiana Lester finished bottom of the field in heat three and Kollyn St George was fifth in heat four.
Brown and Goodridge then finished one-two in heat two of the repechage, while Lester and St George were third and fourth in heat four. Only Brown advanced to the second round where she was fourth and in the rideoff for seventh to 12th places she ended 11th.
“For these kids, it was a great experience. They were all competitive,” said president Farrier.
Up to press time yesterday, T&T had won five medals, having also copped gold in the men’s team sprint on the opening day of competition on Friday through Phillip, Browne and Bramble.
Next up for the national cyclists will be the Cali, Colombia leg of the UCI’s World Cup series where Phillip, Browne and Bramble will be


Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s football team will commence its 2018 World Cup Qualifying Campaign in November after being seeded among the top six teams in the region by CONCACAF. The Soca Warriors, based on its ranking in August 2014, will join the US, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Honduras as the Confederation’s top six teams for Round Four.

For Round Four, the six Round Three winners will join six top seeds and the 12 teams will be grouped into three round-robin, home-and-away groups of four teams. The six group winners and runner-ups will then advance to Round Five which is the Final Round of CONCACAF qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup Finals.
Round Four, T&T’s opening round in the campaign will, run from November 2015 to September 2016 and the Final Round will be staged between November 2016 and October 2017. qualifying three CONCACAF nations directly to the FIFA World Cup and providing a further intercontinental playoff spot for the fourth-placed team.
The match-ups and groupings for Rounds Three, Four and Five of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will be determined at the FIFA World Cup Qualifying Draw in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 25, 2015.
TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee commented on T&T’s seeding saying he was extremely pleased to be ranked among the top six of the Confederation which he said was evidence of the progress made by the “Soca Warriors” under Stephen Hart who was introduced as head coach in June 2013 under his leadership of the TTFA.
“It’s indeed pleasant news for us that we are seeded among the top six nations in all of CONCACAF but it’s also a revelation that our journey officially begins this year based on the format and the dates released by the confederation for qualification for Russia 2018,” Tim Kee told TTFA Media.
“Therefore, while we have already commenced the planning stages for our campaign and our team has been active, finishing second in the Caribbean Cup and qualifying for the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, there is a lot to be done to ensure we continue to be on the right path in relation to our preparations for what will by all means be a rigorous qualifying campaign.
“The Team has to be adequately prepared which means there is a critical need for training camps, training matches and an overall program supported by all the stakeholders. Our national team deserves all that is required for us to be successful in the quest for Russia 2018 and rightly so, we shall make every effort to see this happen,” Tim Kee added.
National senior team head coach Stephen Hart, currently in Jamaica with the national Under 20 team, also spoke about the format, adding that intense preparations including international games would have to be  a part of the national team’s program between now and the start of its 2018 campaign.
“The draw is a double edge sword. On one had we avoid the early qualifications where anything can happen, but once your games come around you have to be mindful of the fact that you are playing teams that have been playing competitive international games. That being said, it is a more favourable position to be in,” Hart told TTFA Media.