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Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, The Honourable Darryl Smith, shaking hands with the President of the Trinidad and Tobago's Sambo Federation, Jason Fraser, at the Ministry’s Head Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain
Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, The Honourable Darryl Smith, shaking hands with the President of the Trinidad and Tobago's Sambo Federation, Jason Fraser, at the Ministry’s Head Office, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain

The Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, the Honourable Darryl Smith, speaking at a joint Press Conference with the Trinidad and Tobago Sambo Federation on Monday, 11th November 2016, called on the private sector to get more involved in the sport of Sambo, saying it can help with returns on their branding.

Minister Smith said, “There are very positive young men across the country who need the support of the private sector.” He further stated that he has seen the growth of Sambo and with its success comes reward. He ended by saying that he will continue to support the sport as much as possible.

Also in attendance was the President of the Trinidad and Tobago's Sambo Federation, Jason Fraser, who said, “This is history for the Trinidad and Tobago Sambo Federation to be meeting a sitting Minister two years straight.” He added that he appreciated the work being done by the Permanent Secretary and the Minister as they have gone beyond the call of duty in the past in assisting the sport.

He ended by requesting a home for Sambo and thanked the Ministry for believing in the Federation.

Also speaking was injured athlete, Joash Watkin, silver medalist at the World Championships in Casa Blanca, Morocco in 2015. Watkin said, “I have been into Martial Arts for 15 years and this is the most support I have ever received from any sport governing body and I am really grateful and thankful for believing in us and helping us in our quest for greatness.”

The team members and their current weight class for Sambo World Championships 2016 include: Gersome Griffith – 52 kgs; Keron Bowrne – 57kgs; Martin Joseph – 90 kgs; Kelvin Guy – 100kgs and Jeremy Rudolfo – 100 plus kgs. The Sambo World Championships 2016 will take place from 10th to 16th November 2016 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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The Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs

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