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Councillor recommends: Keshorn Walcott stadium in Toco
A stadium in Toco in the name of Keshorn Walcott. This was the recommendation made to honour the 19-year-old Olympic javelin champion by councillor for Toco/Fishing Pond Terry Rondon yesterday. “We have the land and we have the athlete...We also have many young and eager people who need better sporting facilties,” Rondon said.
Rondon, who like the rest of the country, was ecstatic over T&T winning an Olympic gold medal after 36 years, however, called on the country to give thanks to God. “While the celebration is welcome, I am saying let’s give thanks to God. I went all the way to Mt St Benedict (yesterday) to give thanks and praise and the country needs to recognise this is an important aspect which must not be neglected,” he said.
While acknowledging this was an overwhelming achievement for the country, Rondon said it was even more special for the villagers of Toco. Describing the people of Toco as humble and hard-working, Rondon said amid the pomp and ceremony, Toco must also be recognised. Basic infrastructure, he added, was needed to uplift many parts of the rural community.
“Let’s raise the standard of living for the people of Toco...Let’s not take this victory as a political ride,” he said. “Toco has given the country this gift for the 50th anniversary and we must not let the Government now forget the community.” Saying that Walcott used to train on the beach, Rondon said the teenager’s village of Trois Roche was also in urgent need of a recreational facility.
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