ONLY five of the 12 Trinidad and Tobago players survived the first round when the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championship served off with the Junior International events yesterday in Barbados.

Last year’s silver-medallist Chequeda De Boulet moved into the quarterfinals of the under-19 competition with a 21-15, 21-23, 21-4 triumph over Chaista Soemodipoero of Suriname, while Alyssa Ramdath edged Barbadian Aria Chandler 19-21, 21-15, 21-15 to get there.

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