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Njisane guaranteed support ahead of Rio

Published: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Sport Company of T&T (SporTT) has ensured that national cyclist Njisane Phillip will get all the help he needs leading up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games which takes place from August 5-21.

Njisane, who has openly stated his frustrations with not getting sufficient support in his Olympic preparations, can now train stress free after his stepfather Phillip Whiteman met with SporTT officials at the organisation’s office on Henry Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Whiteman said: “The Sports Company has ensured that Njisane’s support leading up to the Olympics will be all-encompassing.” 

Njisane is expected to get financial assistance and full use of the brand new Cycling Velodrome in Couva, which was scheduled to open last year. 

Whiteman added that he is happy that Njisane will be able to train at a world class facility at home. 

“That is the plan (to use the Cycling Velodrome). This is very good, it is a big relief to hear that today. It is a worry off his mind, his mom and myself,” he said.

Whiteman explained that when an athlete is given the necessary tools to train their level of performance will increase. 

“If you are stress free, you will be better equipped to perform at a higher level,” Whiteman said.

Njisane qualified for his second consecutive Olympic Games after placing 14th in the men’s sprint event at the World Track Cycling Championships in England on Friday. 

Njisane is expected to return to Trinidad tomorrow to resume his training and compete at the Luces Bros International Memorial Track Cycling Meet at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday. 

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