TTOC President Brian Lewis, right, praised the deal ©TTOC

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

Agreed at the Olympic House in Port-of-Spain, the deal creates a framework which will see the two parties collaborate.

The aim is for an increase in research as well as educational and training opportunities for members of both the TTOC and the UTT.

Ian Pritchard, the senior manager of sport and recreation at the UTT, stated that both parties will create opportunities for athletes and staff to allow accessibility to resources.

Pritchard also indicated that a Partnership Committee will implement the proposed goals stated in the MoU, ensuring that the agreement remains intact.

"A meaningful collaboration has been established with the UTT as we explore all the opportunities in education and research," said Annette Knott, secretary general of the TTOC.

"Our joint webinars and research projects have included care and injury prevention, where the medical staff volunteers of TTOC have joined with the scientists at UTT to look at the best practices during this period."

Brian Lewis, the President of TTOC, explained that this was a first for the governing body and called it a "symbolic event".

"This MoU is therefore not ticking a box for some courses, but delivering technology and processes based on research and development," said Lewis.

"It must complement the work of the national sporting organisations.

"The real opportunity of this MoU is a start point for research and development, the priority from the TTOC's perspective is implementation."