Trinidad and Tobago held its Fifteenth World Boxing Association Knock Out Drugs Games on 13th March 1020 at the Five Rivers Junior Secondary School with the kind support of the Ministry of Sport and the Sportt Company of Trinidad & Tobago.
Chairperson of the KO Drug Games, Ms. Shivana Inalsingh welcomed participants, inviting Dr. Calvin Inalsingh, President of the WBA Medical Advisory Committee and KO Games Chairman, to present gifts of gold medals of the 2010 Knock Out Drug Games to World Boxing Association representatives, Leyda Cordoba and Franklin Cordova from Panama.
Franklyn who bought greetings from President Gilberto Mendoza of the World Boxing Association, presented guest speaker Super Middleweight Fedelatin Champion Kirt Sinnette with a commemorative gold medal.
From Left to Right are Franklyn Cordova, representative of the President of the World Boxing Association, Gilberto Mendoza, Fedelatin Super Middleweight Champion Kirt Sinnette and Dr. Calvin Inalsingh (R) at the WBA Knock Out Drugs Games in Trinidad on 13th March 2010
Speakers Mr. Kenrick Williams of the Ministry of Sport & Youth Affairs, Coach Cecil Walker and Boxing Champ Kirt Sinnette echoed Dr. Inalsingh’s remarks of the dangers of Drug use, also spoke of the health and social benefits of actively participating in sport. Mr. Williams, a Sports Development Officer applauded the dedication of Dr. Inalsingh and vision of the Knock Out Drug Games for building healthy body and minds, committed to joining the efforts of future Games.
In his address, Dr Inalsingh, the Chairman, WBA Medical Advisory Committee, said that the annual Knock Out Drug Games with its focus on students, acted as a constant reminder of the dangers of drugs. He explained that just as sport training requires repetition of a movement, similarly, he said that repeating the dangers of drugs through presentations over the years created a positive influence in the sub-conscious mind.
Officers of the Organized Crime Narcotics and Firearm Bureau, who held a table display of illicit drugs, spoke of the dangers and effects of using and participating in this illegal activity and satisfying the young students with answers to their questions.
The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Cecil Walker, Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago KO Games.
Dr Inalsingh then declared the Games open for the 200 participants who were present at the games for table tennis, football and chess. At the end of which, the winners received gold medals sponsored by the Sportt Company of Trinidad & Tobago and prizes.
I wish to thank President Gilberto Mendoza for his commitment and support for over the past fifteen years. May the children of Trinidad and Tobago benefit from this WBA worldwide program, in the fight against drugs. I also wish to sincerely thank the following for their sponsorship for the success of these games.
National Lottery, Curtis Gayadeen, Maraj Air-conditioning Ltd., Arawak & Company Ltd.,
The Sportt Company of Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission, Tampico, SM Jaleel & Co., Artistic Glass and National Flour Mills.
Dr Calvin Inalsingh
Medical Advisory Director
World Boxing Association