Basketball is the most popular North American invented sport played around the world today. In December 1891 Canadian Dr. James Naismith invented the sport as a recreation suitable for indoor winter play in Springfield Massachusetts. The sport spread rapidly through continental North America played by both men and women. U.S. Servicemen during World War II (1939-1945) popularized the sport in many other countries. The sport debuted at the 1904 Saint Louis Olympic games but not as an official sport. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) was formed in 1932 and the International Olympic Committee recognized basketball as one of the world’s major sports. The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games was basketball’s first official Olympic games in the men’s division and the 1974 Montreal Olympic Games for the women’s division. Basketball in Trinidad and Tobago is play at the grassroots, high school and club level. The National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago is the governing body for basketball in Trinidad and Tobago.
The sport of cycling dates back to the 1800’s, when in 1817 the first actual bicycle was developed. The safety bike was created in 1890, and this model was considered as being much safer than those in the past, most of which had one wheel much larger than the other. The safety bike was invented using metal that was strong enough to make a fine chain and a sprocket that was small and light enough for a human being to power.
In 1896 cycling was introduced to the Olympic Games with six opening events and nineteen cyclists, all men, from five nations competing. The sport of cycling has been included in every Olympic Games.
The Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation (TTCF) is the local body responsible for cycling. Please follow this link for more information about the TTCF: http://www.ttcyclingfederation.com/
Amateur boxing is combat sport that is practiced at the Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games and at the collegiate level.
The first Olympic boxing tournament was held in St. Louis 1904, and apart form the 1912 Games, has been a part since. Amateur boxing emerged as a sport partly as a result of the moral controversies surrounding professional prize fighting. The most noticeable differences between the two boxing disciplines are the use of head protection and a white stripe across the knuckle of the glove in amateur boxing.
The white stripe acts as a standard for the point system; boxers gain points for connecting the white stripe with legal blows. Bouts are short and comprise four rounds of two minutes in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games
Cricket, often referred to as the 'Gentleman's Game', has its origins in the 16th century, although the international matches were played only after the 1800s. It’s a popular game in most Commonwealth Nations and is widely gaining on its global appeal.
The word 'cricket' may have its origin in the word 'cric'. Crics were wooden staves carried by shepherds. All research concedes that the game derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated pastime by which one player served up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a club.
The West Indian cricket team is a confederation of many English-speaking Caribbean countries. The history of Caribbean cricket dates back to the 1890s, when the first team was created to play visiting English sides.
The West Indies team played their first official international match and was granted Test status in 1928. By the 1970s, the team became known as the unofficial world champions.
During those glorious years, the Windies were literally an unbeatable team. However, in the 90s and 2000s, the team declined mainly because the board failed to move the game from an amateur pastime to a professional sport.
Cricket has only made one appearance at the Olympic Games in Paris 1900. The lack of competing nations and the one-sided affair did not bode well for further inclusion in the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), however, has given approval for the sport to be included in the 2020 Vancouver Olympic Games, a much anticipated event.
The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) is the local body responsible for cricket. Please follow this link for more information about the TTCB: http://www.ttcricketboard.com/
Equestrian's Dressage comes from European Military Cavalry training. The word "Dressage" is a French word that means training. In Dressage the rider and the horse are assigned to do some movements. They also have to do it in order. This is to show how well the horse is trained and how good the rider is, but the most important thing is to show how they both work together.
The sport was first introduced in the Olympics in 1912 but was only for military riders, now everyone can compete. Athletes compete in three categories of events: dressage, eventing and jumping. Each category features a mixed individual and a mixed team competition.
Equestrian events are held in every Olympic Games with only a limited number of countries participating.
The Trinidad and Tobago Equestrian Association (TTEA) is the local body responsible for equestrian. Please follow this link for more information about the TTEA: http://www.ttequestrian.org/
It is not easily understood whether the sport of chess was created by a single person or if it was evolved over time. It is said to have been around for many generations, as far back as 600 A.D in India, 700 A.D in Persia and absorbed by the Arab culture in 800 A.D.
The Trinidad and Tobago Chess Association (TTCA) is the local body responsible for chess. Please follow this link for more information about the TTCA: http://www.chesstt.org/