Richard Quan Chan

 Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) director Richard Quan Chan 

UNLESS a sponsor comes forward with US$165,000 in the next two weeks, Trinidad and Tobago teams will not participate in upcoming men’s and women’s Olympic football qualifying competitions.

Yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) director Richard Quan Chan announced at an Ato Boldon Stadium media briefing that the local governing body was having difficulty funding the two national teams.

In the absence of government funding, the TTFA was also unable to garner support from the business sector. An effort to get Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee to help was also unsuccessful.

Quan Chan hinted it might not be feasible to prepare a men’s Under-23 team at this stage. The men’s competition begins in July. The women’s competition starts in October. None of the teams are currently in training.


The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dealt out a scolding to the executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), while also confirming the official termination of their action against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

No West Indies player will be forced to travel on the tour of England if they feel uncomfortable with arrangements, Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave has said.

Local racing authorities have not given up on seeing the resumption of the sport sooner rather than later, and attempts are being made to gain permission from the Government to re-start racing at Santa Rosa Park, Arima in just over two weeks.

Kelly-Ann Baptiste is preparing for her fifth Olympic outing, and is grateful to have another year of preparation ahead of her final shot at precious metal on the world’s biggest sporting stage.

Like me, the pigeon on the ledge of a third floor window at Express House is surveying life on the Brian Lara Promenade. There is semi-traffic on the ground below.