MARLON PHILLIP and Kareem Thomas are making their second and final attempt this weekend to compete in the Youth Olympic Games.
The Trinidad and Tobago Under-19 beach volleyballers are among 12 male pairs competing in the tournament, which served off yesterday and will conclude today in Puerto Rico.
The pairs from the participating countries – Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, St Lucia, T&T, United States, Unites States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico – began competing in four round-robin group yesterday.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout phase and the winners of the four quarter-finals will qualify for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, in August.
Thomas and Phillip would have already booked their tickets if they had won the qualifying tournament at home at the end of October. But a third-place effort at Maracas Bay was good enough to earn them a second chance.
T&T’s Malika Charles and Chesli Ward did win the Maracas Bay tournament and will be going to China.
It will be the second international competition for these girls, who flew the red, white and black flag in the World Under-21 Beach Volleyball Championships in Croatia in June last year, alongside compatriots Brandon Legall and Tarandath Deonath.