Trinidad Not Certain About Olympic Team

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Virgin Islands Daily News

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (AP)--Trinidad is still not certain to send a team to the Central American and Caribbean games in Panama next month.

The Olympic Association announced yesterday that it has only 6,000 on hand and the amount needed to send the 20-man delegation is in the vicinity of 20,000. It is estimated that each representative will cost 1,000.

Olympic Association Secretary Alex Chapman, who has been appointed general manager of the team, said yesterday morning the Trinidad government has been asked to supply a grant in the amount of 10,000, which is being recommended by Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Frank Stephen. But he added there is no certainty where the additional 4,000 will be obtained.

The money was originally expected to come from a series of exhibition football matches in which national players were to have participated, but misconduct reports from the Trinidad soccer tour of Costa Rica for the CONCACAF championships in November resulted in cancellation of these exercises.