Excitement is brewing for young track and field athletes ahead of next week's Kelvin Nancoo Primary School Games carded to be held at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The West Zone will take place on Tuesday while the East Zone will be on Wednesday, with action expected to begin at 9 am on both days.
At the launch yesterday at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Mucurapo, it was announced that sponsor Nestle T&T Limited and Nestle Caribbean Incorporated has maintained its contribution of $150,000, when they extended an invitation to the East Zone, for the annual MILO Games, which has been renamed again in recognition of Nancoo for his role in creating and investing in the annual Primary Schools' athletics event.
Denise D'Abadie, head of Corporate Communication, Nestle, elaborated on how the name of the Games evolved over the past four years.
"Nancoo has invested the last 31 years leading this organising committee and working with each of the primary schools within Port-of-Spain and environs to develop the athletic talents of our nation’s youth. It is because of his drive and commitment that we have seen these Games grow from strength to strength over the years.
"This year we have again invested $150,000 into these Games, as a significant contribution toward the future of our youth."
Some 22 schools are expected to participate this year in the 32nd edition of the West Games while 19 schools will do battle for the East title.
Ephraim Serrette, president of the National Association for Athletics Administrations (NAAA) lauded Nestle for its contribution to track and field over the years.
"Children must be holistically developed. I ask Nestle to continue assisting the youth of the nation," said Serrette, who went on to commend Nancoo for his years of commitment and thanked Nestle for honouring a man who has given 31 years to the Games and the sport in T&T.
Nancoo, the Games’ live-wire, acknowledged the praises saying: "This is an honour and a privilege to be honoured by Nestle and have a Games named in my honour. It feels great, it feels like people really appreciate the things that you have done. I have given and I continue to give, and I think it’s a really good accolade.
"I would like the Principals and teachers to follow in my footsteps and work tirelessly in the vineyard to achieve success. I am saying to you all that there are structures in place and persons in the West who have the ability and knowledge to continue flying the flag high. There is Abeyola Akowe, the Level II IAAF Course Conductor, there is Gregory Johnson, the most knowledgeable administrator in the sport at the Primary School level.
"We have the talent and the knowledge base, so all that is required is for those, who are being prepared to take over, is to learn the trade. Once they are allowed to continue doing their duty everything will be all right. We have got to stand for something or we will fall for anything."