Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Bois!’ in Berlin*

KEY FIGURE: Team TTO’s Akim Toussaint, right, manoeuvres past an opposing Argentine player during their American Hockey Federation (PAHF) Pan American Indoor Cup final last October in Guyana. T&T shut out the South Americans 7-0 to qualify for the February 7-11 FIH World Indoor Championships to be staged in Berlin, Germany. –Photo courtesy YAN HUCKENDUBLER/PAHF

It is one thing to be the best in something indigenous. In fact, that is almost expected unless it has become truly global in scope. But it is another thing entirely to be among the best in a reputable, well-recognised international competition.
This is why, although they certainly won’t get the attention they deserve given the period we’re in, for tiny Trinidad and Tobago to be represented at this week’s Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin is an outstanding achievement made all the more remarkable by the perennial challenges faced by the sport here and the fact that many of those hurdles are becoming even more taxing given the nation’s deepening economic crisis.

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