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T&T dominating rivals at TT tourney

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 8:00 AMMarc Stamp

Trinidad and Tobago's players are dominating their rivals at the Caribbean Region Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Pre-Cadet championships, which is being held at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC).

The T&T team ended yesterday's penultimate day on nine gold medals. Jamaica have one gold while Barbados and Guyana are yet to taste any success.

With several finals to be played on today's last day, the strong Trinidad and Tobago team is set to win more medals.

Dexter Abbott, head coach of the T&T team, says he is not greatly surprised by his country's dominance.

"We were well prepared coming to Jamaica for this important championship. We didn't know the strength of the opposition, however, our team executed well," Abbott told The Gleaner yesterday.

Abbott said they were looking forward to the final day.

"We are definitely looking for victory in each category tomorrow. We won't be complacent, just continue doing what works," he added.

Christian Lillieroos, a representative of the International Table Tennis Federation, praised Jamaica for the level of organisation in staging the tourney.

"It has been going on very, very well. If you take away the Central and Caribbean Games held every four years, this is the best-staged TT tourney held in the Caribbean. It has been very well done," Lillieroos told The Gleaner during yesterday's competition.

"The national championship held two months ago was used as a warm-up for this. I am very happy, although there was a last-minute change in venue (from the National Arena to the NISC) that hampered certain things. It was a last-minute arrangement, but it a very nice venue," Lillieroos, who is in Jamaica as part of the International Olympic Committee solidarity programme, said.

Today's competition starts at 10 a.m.