Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mahabir among seven called for trials


historic win: David Mahabir


Reigning national champion David Mahabir is among seven men who will do battle for two spots on the Trinidad and Tobago team for the 2014 Caribbean Table Tennis Cham­­pion-

ships, in Cuba.

The trials will be staged tomorrow and Sunday at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA) in Chaguanas.

France-based Dexter St Louis and top-ranked home-based player Curtis Humphreys are automatic picks on the T&T team for the June 30 to July 7 Caribbean Championships. Humphreys is currently training in Koping, Swe­den, at the Swedish Elite Centre.

The players invited to compete in the trials are Mahabir, teenagers Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine, Anson Wellington, Everton Sorzano, Ala­ric Humphreys, and Yuvraj Dookram.

The winner of the first trial will join St Louis and Humphreys on the T&T team for Cuba and will not participate in the second trial.

Meanwhile, the cellar-placed player in the first trial will not have the opportunity to play in the second, leaving just five men in the hunt for the last pick.

France-based Rheann Chung and ten-time national champion Aleena Edwards are already on the T&T women’s team for Cuba.

Tomorrow, at CRISA, Linda Partap-Boodhan, Brittany Joseph, Jasher De Gannes, Catherine Spicer and Ashley Qua­shie will play for the number-three pick.

On Sunday, the four remaining players will get a second shot at selection.

First serve at CRISA tomorrow and Sunday is at six p.m.. Players are asked to be at the venue by 5.15 p.m.

All eyes will be on Mahabir, who created history at CRISA last June, beating Wilson in the men’s singles final to become the oldest-ever national champion. The Canada-based player was 62 at the time.