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Olympian Morris, cyclist Saney honoured at home
Member of Parliament for Fyzabad Dr. Lackram Bodoe has heaped praises on the organising committee of the 2018 Siparia Games for bringing back the event to Siparia.
Bodoe was among a good crowd on hand last Saturday at Irwin Park in Siparia to see the Games being revived after years being dormant. Present at the event were former Siparia sporting heroes - olympian Ian Morris and a former top T&T cyclist Clive Saney.
The games formed part of the Siparia Festival which was held under the patronage of Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation and themed was 'Don’t Forget Our Heroes'.
National awardee and Hall of Famer former national 400 metres champion Ian Morris, who was also fourth in the 400 metres finals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, was a very popular choice.
Also cyclist Saney, a nine-time national road champion, who also was standout at the former Tesoro Games which was a national sporting fixture and held for many years at the Palo Seco Veledrome in Palo Seco.
Sixteen (16) other sport icons from Siparia and environs were awarded including Vin Alexander, who was honoured posthumously for pioneering the original Siparia Games.
Bodoe speaking at the event thanked Ramadharsingh for his role in bringing the games back to life. “This was really a great effort and I just thank the chairman of the Corporation Dr. Glenn Ramadharsingh for this. We continue to see the toll that crime has taken in our communities and I continue to make the call to everyone who is willing to listen that sport can play a great role in curbing crime. We need to understand this and to put our best efforts out to bring the communities back out using sport as the vehicle.”
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