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Tobago Secondary Games in doubt
The staging of this year's Tobago Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships may be in doubt as no date and venue have been announced.
Since the closure of the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet in December for repairs, several of the island's athletes have been affected as no suitable alternative venues for training and competition have been prepared.
Former assistant secretary for Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Huey Cadette said late last year that the Department of Sports will make an announcement on the grounds that will be available for use but with just over one month into the year there has been no word of the arrangements.
Several of the island's schools have had to postpone their sports meets with many deciding not to host any at all. To date only Mason Hall Secondary was able to stage its meet at Mt Gomery, some distance away from the school.
Roxborough Secondary is set to have its meet later this week. Scarborough Secondary, Signal Hill Secondary and Bishops High are unlikely to host any meets.
Without the championships, Tobago will have to forfeit its participation in the national championships set for March 6 & 7 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
In 2012, Tobago athletes won their 20th straight national title. The zone has produced 2012 Olympic men's 400m bronze medallist Lalonde Gordon and World Championships bronze medallist Kelly-Ann Baptiste (2011), Josanne Lucas (2009) and Renny Quow (2009). Current Carifta champions Mark London (boys under 20 800m), Chelsea James (girls under 17 shot put), Kenejah Williams (boys under 17 discus) and Andwuelle Wright (boys under 17 long jump) are also from Tobago.
At the 2012 Carifta Games in Bermuda, Tobago athletes won four of T&T's six gold medals.
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