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Ahead of the Indoor Hockey World Cup Berlin 2018, Trinidad and Tobago men have received a massive cash boost to help with preparations for this showpiece event.
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At a presentation ceremony on 5 January, Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs handed TT$1,000,000 ($148,000 USD) to Douglas Camacho, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board.
"We’re not going to make up numbers, but prove that Trinidad and Tobago belongs on the world stage.”
Douglas Camacho, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board
The money will be invested in the team's travel, accommodation, uniforms and other team needs for practice games in January and at the Indoor Hockey World Cup, taking place between 7-11 February in Berlin, Germany.
Speaking to Camacho said the national team has been working hard in training sessions and are looking forward to the challenge of participating in only their second appearance at the Indoor World Cup.
“We’ve been drawn in Pool A to face European teams and Australia, so we hope to bring our exciting brand of hockey to the tournament and show them what we’ve got. We’re not going to make up numbers, but prove that Trinidad and Tobago belongs on the world stage.”
Hockey in the Caribbean nation has been developing well in recent years, with their international success being noted by their Government.
Speaking to Trinidad and Tobago Newsday, Smith said: “We are proud of the hockey men for qualifying for a second time for the Indoor World Cup and had to ensure they had every resource available to prepare adequately and perform at their best come February. Wherever Trinidad and Tobago’s athletes play, we always make an impact, and even more when we host. Look at the success of the women’s volleyball team, the CCCAN team, the badminton teams...home court advantage is real and that’s why we’re making a concerted effort to host more sporting events in Trinidad and Tobago to showcase our own talent and establish ourselves as the regional hub for sport.”
The team departs on January 24 for a 10-day pre-tournament tour of Netherlands after which they travel to Berlin for the World Cup.