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20140517 condolences smart familyCycling has produced many great individuals, and few will be remembered as fondly as Roger Smart. The former national champion and mechanic died last evening in a vehicular crash, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Cycling Federation. Known as Bruno to those close to him, Smart most recently captured 3 titles in the Masters category (45-49) at the National Track Championships.

Offering condolences, the Honourable Anil Roberts, Minister of Sport said, “This is indeed tragic news for Roger’s family and friends, and to the cycling community. Roger represented the red, white and black with pride on the regional and international circuit. Whether on his bike or as a mechanic for elite competitors, Roger’s contribution to club (Madonna Wheelers) and country will not soon be forgotten. His loss is a shocking blow to all who knew and admired his fun-loving and committed spirit.”

A world class aquatic centre is currently under construction at Balmain, Couva, and this is expected to bring in tremendous revenue for the country.

The idea, a brainchild of Minister of Sport Anil Roberts, is expected to lead the way in terms of sports tourism and as champion olympic swimmer George Bovell III puts it: “There are many big countries with big budgets looking to come to this part of the world to prepare for big games. Here in T&T we have all the natural assets to make us attractive. We have lovely beaches, we have lovely weather and what was missing was a world class swimming facility. Now we have that on track and we are going to put all the elements together to make it work.

“Swimmers the world over can now come to T&T and experience the great weather, beaches and have this brilliant facility to prepare for big games. We have the 2016 Olympics in Brazil coming up and it would be great for athletes to come into T&T and quietly prepare for those games.”

During the month of April, the world recognised the indefatigable achievements of one of the best batsmen ever – Brian Charles Lara – a proud son of Trinidad and Tobago soil. The anniversaries of his Test records 375 on 16 April 1994 and 400n.o. on 10 April 2004 did not go unnoticed by cricket commentators, historians and fans alike.

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