The TTOC's "#10golds24" programme has received praise from the CANOC ©TTOC

The Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) has praised the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee’s (TTOC) aim to win ten or more Olympic gold medals by 2024.

The "#10golds24" programme aims to raise funds which will be used to help provide financial assistance to athletes, which will enable them to train, recover and compete as they look towards future Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Athletes are supported in several ways, from direct financial support and health insurance, to medal bonuses and anti-doping education.

“The initiative, started by TTOC President Brian Lewis in 2014, is an excellent one that guarantees the nation’s athletes that the TTOC is placing them at the centre of the organisation’s work,” said Keith Joseph, CANOC general secretary.

“This is the mandate of all National Olympic Committees and the TTOC is providing an excellent example to the entire membership of CANOC."

Last January, Lewis opted to complete the Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon in a bid to increase awareness of the programme and help to raise funds, with the support of the public.

While several organisations have come on board to lend their financial backing, the TTOC President also completed this year's marathon on January 17, to keep the initiative in the public conscious.

Brian Lewis will be taking part in the marathon for a second successive year
Brian Lewis ran the marathon for a second successive year ©TTOC

Several athletes and organisations also competed, including the country’s Chief Justice, Ivor Archie.

The run began at St Mary's Junction in Freeport, with the gruelling event drawing to a finish at Queen's Park Savannah, in the country's capital Port of Spain.

The TTOC are requesting that the public offer their backing by making a financial pledge, which will be put towards the #10golds24 programme.

“CANOC recognises the historic significance of the country’s Chief Justice, Ivor Archie O.R.T.T. and family’s participation in this year’s Trinidad and Tobago International Marathon to raise awareness for the initiative,” said Joseph.

“This is a great endorsement for the TTOC’s initiative and CANOC applauds the undertaking."