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Siparia honours for Morris, Saney
Cycling will be the main attraction at the revived Siparia Games carded for Saturday at the Irwin Park Sporting Complex in Siparia, starting at 1 pm.
It is part of the Siparia Festival being held under the patronage of Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation and themed Don’t Forget Our Heroes.
The Games will be held as a tribute to Siparia’s own Olympians, national awardee and Hall of Famer quartermiler Ian Morris and cyclist Clive Saney, a nine-time national road champion. Sixteen (16) other sport icons from Siparia and environs will be awarded including Vin Alexander, who will be honoured posthumously for pioneering the original Siparia Games.
Morris coaches 40 athletes in his unsponsored Siparia Athletics Club which have been quite successful. The proceeds from this event after expenses will be presented to him and his club.
Athletes will compete in a variety of sports including football, cricket, netball and basketball in an event organised by the Games committee headed by Anthony Commissiong, who has been responsible for reviving the Southern Games and Tobago Games in 1990 and Southern Games in 2000.
According to Commissiong: “The youth of the environs are starved for competition. This could lay the foundation for a first class athletic and cycling meet when the athletic track is professionally prepared. All categories of cyclists will be participating this year. This could be an annual event.”
He also revived San Fernando Games (1994), Eastern Games (1991) in Arima and the Caribbean Games (1998) among many others.
Commissiong used the opportunity to praise the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs and by extension the government for formulating a plan for awarding sport champions but hope more can be done for past sporting champions.
“I hope that they could also be consideration in the future for a plan for assisting our past Olympians and other sport icons who have represented our country admirably and who new need to maintain a decent standard of living,” said Commissiong.
There will be attractive door prizes and cost for the reserved stands is $40. Tickets are available at Siparia Bike Specialist (City Sports), Coora Road, Petrotrin Sports Club, Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre.
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