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Farrier calls out corporate T&T
Last weekend’s performance by team T&T at the Tissot International Cycling Union (UCI) Cycling World Cup at the Minsk Arena Velodrome in Belarus, was a show that the country has the ability to produce top cyclists who can compete with the best in the world, Robert Farrier, the T&T Cycling Federation president said yesterday.
The four-man team of Njisane Phillip, Nicholas Paul, Kwesi Browne and Keron Bramble will return home today with an overall seventh-place finish in the Team Sprint, fifth and ninth at the prestigious match-sprints, and fifth in the keirin.
Farrier described the performances as excellent and called on corporate T&T to join his federation in making the National Cycling Centre (NCC) a training centre for the sport in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) region, saying government alone cannot do it and therefore, we need the support of corporate T&T to help us.
“As you can see now, we have athletes that corporate T&T can invest in because they can compete with the best in the world,” Farrier explained.
The trio of Phillip, Paul and Browne produced a new national record in the team sprint despite being beaten in the quarter-finals by Dutch team - Beat Cycling Club in the ride-off on Saturday. And later, Browne finished fifth in the keirin, while both Paul and Phillip were fifth and ninth in the macth-sprint respectively as the curtains came down on the event on Sunday.
Farrier said the performances have created a pathway for local riders to enhance their participation at international events, as well as for international cyclists to see the talent being produced in T&T.
“International riders have now seen that we have the talent and the facility for them to come here and train, and thereby engage in sports tourism,” Farrier said.
Farrier’s T&TCF has been on a drive to assist diversify the economy and make the sport of cycling self sustainable.
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