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The TTGF’s Dick move: Wired868 dissects a tumultuous 48 hours for gymnastics

At 3.30 pm (4.30 pm Rio time) today, 18 year old Marisa Dick will take the floor in Rio de Janeiro to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2016 Olympic Test event for women’s artistic gymnastics.

It will be at the expense of her teammate Thema Williams, 20, who booked her place in Rio with her performance on 23 October 2015 at the Glasgow World Gymnastics Championship.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastic Federation’s (TTGF) decision to swap the name of its representative, which was taken just after midnight in the wee hours of Saturday April 16, may turn out to be a watershed moment for the board, which is headed by president David Marquez.

But it is binding.

The TTGF had until 3.30 pm yesterday to alert the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) of any possible change and, partly due to the late decision by the local body in the first place, Williams’ legal team—which is led by attorney Keith Scotland and consulting attorney Emir Crowne—did not have time to file an appeal by then.

Scotland eventually lodged an appeal with a certificate of urgency to the TTGF at roughly 7 pm on April 16. The documents were copied to Sport Minister Darryl Smith and Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis.

Only Lewis confirmed receipt while Marquez, the TTGF and the Sport Minister did not respond.

The TTOC president explained that he had limited powers, since the Test event was a qualifier rather than an official Olympic event and therefore: “is under the jurisdiction of the international federation and the organising committee.”

Photo: Thema Williams of Trinidad And Tobago competes on the uneven bars during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on 23 October 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Andy Buchanan)
Photo: Thema Williams of Trinidad And Tobago competes on the uneven bars during the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship in Glasgow, Scotland, on 23 October 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Andy Buchanan)

At 7.32 am today, Scotland sent a follow-up message to Marquez, which criticised the TTGF’s failure to respond and noted that their behaviour now was markedly different to the speed in which the body acted to remove Williams from the competition.

“We note the alacrity with which the TTGF sought to ‘pull’ our client from the Test Event at 12.27 am on Saturday morning,” stated Scotland, “and it is passing strange that the same urgency was not applied to her appeal against that decision.

“This reinforces the case of our client in respect of the bias shown against her by the TTGF… We call upon the TTGF to hear this appeal as a matter of urgency and public importance in the manner suggested by the Appellant/athlete.

“The Appellant/athlete reserves the right to bring the content of this email to the attention of the relevant body should this urgent plea fall yet again on deaf ears.”

However, no legal manoeuvring will get Williams on the floor today.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Williams was in line to be Trinidad and Tobago's first gymnast to perform at an Olympic Games. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Williams was in line to be Trinidad and Tobago’s first gymnast to perform at an Olympic Games.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

The former Tots and Tumblers gymnast and St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) student turned down a sport scholarship from the University of Michigan in 2014 and migrated to the United States to prepare for the chance of a lifetime. But she won’t get it now.

The local gymnastics body has taken a bizarrely antagonistic approach to Williams over the past six months and, as her legal team suggested, it will be difficult for many to view the events of the past 36 hours without considering accusations of bias.

The key, though, might be the words of her own coach, John Geddert, who is also the coach of the United States women’s artistic gymnastic team.

At 7.24 pm on Friday April 15, Geddert, in his mandatory daily report to the TTGF, stated that: “(…) Podium was a disaster with 6 falls on 3 events. She has been dealing with a sore ankle to the point that I asked her to withdraw last week. She assured me she can do this.

“We have been limiting all pounding and landings, yet today she showed little signs of being able to perform well. We will rest tomorrow and rely on heart…”

Photo: US women gymnastics team’s coach John Geddert celebrates with the rest of the team after the US won gold in the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on 31 July 2012. Geddert coaches Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams in Michigan. (Copyright AFP 2016/Thomas Coex)
Photo: US women gymnastics team’s coach John Geddert celebrates with the rest of the team after the US won gold in the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on 31 July 2012.
Geddert coaches Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams in Michigan.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Thomas Coex)

It was a remarkable claim. Geddert had essentially suggested that, in his professional opinion, Williams should not have been in Rio in the first place, as she simply was not physically ready to be there.

Yet, at the same time, Geddert did not request that Williams be withdrawn from the Olympic Test event.

The TTGF board convened an emergency meeting, although general secretary Elicia Peters-Charles and treasurer Susanne Babooram were both abroad at the time. They were believed to have contributed by either phone or email.

The entire board comprises of: president Marquez, general secretary Peters-Charles, first vice president Akil Wattley, second vice president Ricardo Lue Shue, treasurer Babooram and Lue Shue’s wife, Donna Lue Shue, who serves as assistant treasurer.

Marquez claimed that he tried unsuccessfully to reach Geddert to clarify his email but failed to reach him.

According to the players’ contract for the event, the athlete could only be withdrawn on medical grounds after consultation with the coach and relevant medical personnel.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation officials (from right) Ricardo Lue Shue, Elicia Peters-Charles and David Marquez pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (second from right). (Courtesy SPORTT)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation officials (from right) Ricardo Lue Shue, Elicia Peters-Charles and David Marquez pose with Sport Minister Darryl Smith (second from right).
(Courtesy SPORTT)

Marquez managed neither. But, at 12.27 am on Saturday morning, the TTGF decided to withdraw Williams anyway.

“Your e-mailed report (…) has caused great concern for our Federation,” stated Marquez, in his email to Geddert at 12.27 am. “Your comments about pulling Thema a week ago because of her injury but allowing her to make the call seems it was not the best of judgements evidenced by your description of day 3: ‘Podium was a disaster with 6 falls on 3 events’. At this level, this is totally unacceptable…

“What this says to us John it is that Thema will not perform well at this competition due to her injury… As a result, the Federation has unanimously decided to pull Thema from the Test event.”

A gymnastics source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that the TTGF’s decision was made solely to protect Williams from injury and with no ulterior motive.

“The decision that the TTGF made was to take Thema out of the competition to safeguard her from injury,” the source told Wired868. “It was not a decision to replace her with Marisa because they didn’t know if Marisa was available.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs a handstand at John Geddert's Twistars Gymnastics Club in Michigan. (Courtesy Thema Williams)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams performs a handstand at John Geddert’s Twistars Gymnastics Club in Michigan.
(Courtesy Thema Williams)

“The decision was to safeguard Thema. Thema is a power athlete, (so) if you tell me she cannot do her jumps and her landings, why am I putting her out there to compete?

“(The coach) advised me that she is injured. If I ignore that and send her out and she gets hurt, then who is to blame?”

However, evidence suggests that the TTGF did take Dick’s situation into account.

At the time, Dick, who was born in Edmonton and has dual citizenship, was preparing to compete at a provincial competition in Canada.

For her to get to Rio in time, she needed to take a five-hour drive to Edmonton to pack and catch an 8 am flight to Houston. After that four hour and 15 minute flight, there would be a lengthy lay over before she caught a 10 hour flight to Rio de Janeiro.

Marquez admitted, in his email to Geddert, that the TTGF had already begun making arrangements to get Dick to Rio.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Dick placed 14th with a total of 51.25. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Dick placed 14th with a total of 51.25.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

However, ironically, the TTGF had no information about Dick’s medical condition or form and was flying in an athlete—who would be travelling for a day and a half—to compete, with no preparation time, in a venue that gymnasts on spot had complained about.

All without a medical certificate to prove whether or not Williams was able to perform.

“It is not impossible, it can be done,” said the source, when asked if Dick could overcome jet lag to give the performance of her lifetime this afternoon. “Marisa is a tough girl. This is the girl who dislocated her rib at the (2015) World Championship and still performed.

“The medical unit (in Glasgow) said she would have limited mobility and it would be coach’s decision (for her to compete). But she secured a spot (for the Test event) anyway.”

Arguably, the example of Dick competing with an injury at Glasgow cuts both ways.

The TTGF—which named Dick as its 2015 Gymnast of the Year, although she finished 18 places below Williams—has always whispered that it considered the Canada-based athlete to be the superior gymnast of the two.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick.
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick.

Yet, the alternate point is the gymnastics body allowed Dick to compete with a dislocated rib in Glasgow but was squeamish when Williams wanted the benefit of the doubt on a sore ankle in Rio.

The gymnastics insider said Dick’s airline ticket was purchased by “a good samaritan” while the gymnast and her mother, Hannifer, who also flew to Rio, will pay for their own accommodation.

Dick’s Romanian coach could not get a visa in time to travel to Brazil—Trinidad and Tobago citizens do not require visas to travel there—and he supposedly insisted that he did not want his athlete to go if she did not have a coach on the floor.

Lue Shue, supposedly a former Commonwealth coach, agreed to fly there to support Dick. Lue Shue, according to the source, paid for his own plane ticket.

Geddert’s own behaviour on Saturday April 16 was interesting too.

The boyfriend of the coach’s daughter died before he headed to Brazil and the funeral was scheduled for Monday. But his return trip was booked for Tuesday.

Photo: United States gymnastics coach John Geddert.
Photo: United States gymnastics coach John Geddert.

According to correspondence sent to Wired868, Geddert sent an email to a TTGF representative at 8.21 am on Saturday and asked for a new flight to leave Rio on the same day.

“At this time I request that you reschedule my return flight,” stated Geddert. “I would like to leave today. I have pressing family issues at home that with all things considered are more important than remaining here…

“I prefer to be home with family. Please let me know ASAP.”

Bizarrely, Geddert had not responded to Marquez’s emailed intent to withdraw his athlete from the Test event yet. And Geddert did not respond to the TTGF’s threat—based on emails leaked to Wired868—until 5.27 pm, which was after the deadline for a legal challenge.

“I write to you in response to your email sent on Saturday 16th April, 2016 at 12.27 am,” stated Geddert, at 5.27 pm on April 17. “I wish to say that portions of my report were blown out of context and exaggerated. Therefore when I said podium was a disaster, this is to be taken in the context of several athletes who performed on that day.

“In fact, the reason for this was—and this is not limited to Thema—as she was getting used to the lighting, podium, ceiling height and other acclimatization factors. The rationale for the podium is to have the athlete acclimatize themselves to the competition arena. This ‘6 falls’ reason singled out by you to pull her is irrational in  my respectful view.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams. (Courtesy Heritage Radio)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Thema Williams.
(Courtesy Heritage Radio)

“Furthermore, Thema went on to perform an almost flawless routine on the bars… I now confirm that the doctor has cleared Thema to compete in the circumstance using her good judgement as the determining factor.

“I as Thema’s coach require that she continues to represent the country. I also continue to rely on my earlier email sent on the 16th April, 2016 at 12:57 pm.”

Wired868 was unable to obtain the doctor’s clearance or the email that Geddert claimed to have sent at 12.57 pm on April 16.

Geddert left Rio at 8 pm last night although, according to Williams’ representative, he left instructions with another coach in Rio, who will stand-in for him if his athlete got the green light to compete.

In the end, as Geddert suspected, Williams did not get that opportunity.

Williams responded to Wired868 today only to say that she was okay. But she did not wish to make a statement at this time.

Since Geddert’s accommodation was paid for up until Tuesday, Lue Shue will stay in the hotel room that he vacated.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation second vice president and former president Ricardo Lue Shue (left) shakes hands with SPORTT Company official Anthony Creed. Lue Shue will act as Marisa Dick's coach in Brazil. (Courtesy SPORTT)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation second vice president and former president Ricardo Lue Shue (left) shakes hands with SPORTT Company official Anthony Creed.
Lue Shue will act as Marisa Dick’s coach in Brazil.
(Courtesy SPORTT)

There is no evidence to suggest that the teenaged Dick was anything but an innocent bystander in the entire fiasco.

The Trinidad and Tobago gymnastic fraternity’s hope of a historic Olympic place rests on her slender shoulders.

The TTGF is gambling on Dick being in better shape than Williams, based on little but guesswork and wishful thinking.

“If (Dick) was training and fit to be competing (in Canada) yesterday, then she should be ready,” the gymnastics source told Wired868. “I don’t have any knowledge of any injury (in her case). Her last competition was in March, so I will have to assume that all is well if she was ready for that competition yesterday.”

The gymnastics insider explained that there will be 98 participants at Dick’s event this afternoon who will compete for 55 spots—20 will go to four teams while the Trinidad and Tobago gymnast will try to snag one of the other 35 available spots. However, there have been doubts expressed about the qualifying numbers from the Test event.

“It is an uphill battle,” said the source. “We have never done it before but we have a good chance, once she is competitive and does clean routines.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. Dick was born in Canada to a Trinidadian mother, Hannifer. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick performs at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.
Dick was born in Canada to a Trinidadian mother, Hannifer.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

“Some athletes (in Rio) complained about the facilities and the hard floor there. Now whereas they got to train regularly, Marisa didn’t have the benefit of training over the last few days.

“It is a disadvantage for her. But it is a gamble that she accepted.”

Somewhere within either the TTGF or Williams’ camp lies culpability for adversely affecting Trinidad and Tobago’s chance for gymnastic history.

Time will tell.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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151 comments

  1. Get real.People are upset at the underhand dealings.No Scrupples. No integrity.

  2. Gave her s Chance. If she getts gold we may get a Holiday.

  3. Will not look at her , it will be like me saying i’m ok with how she got there.

  4. If the letter was not sent by the coach everything would have been ok. It started from the Facebook post and subsequent email from him.

  5. Thema’s coach doesn’t sound innocent in this conspiracy either. Really check his email to the TTGF… I am highly convinced he get a cut ah de $ too..

  6. If I was Theama I would have gone and represent another country

  7. Its the biggest set up in sports history

  8. If it was a qualifying meet, can someone explain to me why BOTH of the gymnasts could not have been sent?????

  9. being the best in TT doesnt mean that trinidad is obligated to send her….i mean why not send someone that can possibly win a medal in some other dicipline

  10. TTOC has the finally say, just remember that

  11. Sports minister must go to he jus posing in pictures

  12. Given all that Thema went and is going through, it some how feels that in the end she will have a victory and story to tell similar to Gabriel Douglas.

  13. Miss Dick is Canadian !!! She’s not really representing us !!! Thema is a better athlete than her this whole thing was plan ! I’m sorry to say I’m not supporting Marissa , I’m cheering for team US , we have let down our own people , TTGF you’ll are of the devil may the Lord deal with you all .

  14. How could Geddert be so “vague” in writing and leave room for assumptions. He should have been very explicit when writing on such an important issue. TTGF also had a right to clarify and be thorough on such a decision. Things don’t work in isolation like that.

    • He is well reputed …before this incident. The truth will eventually come out . Sadly for all the national debate many of us are non the wiser about the sport.. How it grew here ,, how accessible me it is WTC etc. It appears to be an aggressive dog eat dog ring dong battle between all kinda people.. Plain old bacchanal. Caught in the middle are two fine young women competitive and hard working athletes who obviously respect each other. There’s insincerity everywhere..the kind you would see on the television show Dance moms.

  15. I can’t believe something like this has happened.

  16. Another Section 34 fiasco in the making

  17. Ms. Dick better live up to her name and bring me home NOTHING BUT GOLD. All that suffering she cause she better MASH UP. and have the audacity to say she may be competing under Trinidad flag but she is a Canadian at heart. IS SO? nothing but gold eh… ?

  18. Who funds them? That might be the place to start.

  19. We’re all outraged … but how do we jack them up …. I’m open to ideas and I’m in …… by them I mean TTGF …..they’re under pressure so how do we keep them there and hit them where it hurts?

  20. Mis Williams change your nationality girl !!

  21. Sign the petition to defund them. My tax dollars shouldn’t be footing the bill for this crap.
    #NoLoveNoMoney
    #ISupportThema

    https://t.co/4p6tuLyMRC via @Change

  22. Did she get in?

  23. Spite at work here, yep d money trail too!

  24. I did not follow this from the very beginning (so please forgive me if I missed something), but it would have been sweet if both gymnasts could have represented us … but I’m assuming that that was not an option …

  25. Decision made in the dead of night? Section 2016/Section Rio.

  26. TTGF needs auditing and national legislature needs to be put in place to hold these federations accountable to the government and to the public. They are too independent. Thank you for the reporting Lasana

  27. Head spinning business

  28. So the event finished by now? After all is said and done I would still hope that the person representing us did well…… fire bun the Officials but both girls worked hard and deserve our collective support.

  29. The issue is how the TTGF arrived at that fact though Zak. And if proper procedure was followed. Evidence so far suggests it wasn’t.

  30. Looks like Thema was unfit and not performing. If these are the facts I would have pulled her also. Wouldn’t you?

  31. This is so vindictive and cruel to a young trini woman. Plz ppl don’t let this die.

  32. One of the good signs for T&T is that the public is showing its outrage.

  33. This is just a sad state of affairs

  34. Did they communicate with Thema on her condition before doing their hearts desire? What thé president jetsetting to Rio now for steupes, ,,, oh to support the one who is dear to his heart.

  35. I can’t imagine the public outrage if the TTGF had been (actively) continuing to assess Marisa after publicly stating that Thema would be the one to go or if Marisa had been in Brazil all this time and the situation played out exactly as it has.

  36. Yep. If that is the case Lisana, the coach should have no need to cover his arse. He should stand by his words. Too much ta ta ..

  37. Excellent point Erline. No, they have not been getting reports on Dick.

  38. I’m assuming they haven’t been getting reports on Dick (they should have been) and in a way she’s at least as big a risk as Williams.

  39. Unless, of course, Thema really was injured and risking her own health. I’d like to see the doctor’s certificate myself at some point.

  40. The Olympics have the highest stakes in sports. Why weren’t arrangements made for the TTGF to visually monitor both Williams and Dick at agreed upon dates before the qualifier? Either by someone physically being on hand to observe them or having video of the athletes sent to Trinidad.

  41. After reading all of the bits and pieces, I am of the view that her coach must take some of the blame for this. It is obvious to me that our local gymnastics federation view Dick as the superior athlete and come rain or shine they were hell bent on ensuring that she got the spot at qualifying. Unfortunately, they used this to their benefit.

    • I learning new things myself all the time yes…

    • Lasana Liburd seems side deals and promises may have been made

    • Losh. Lemme get an umbrella! Lol. I put everything I know or can prove in there. I really don’t know anything else.

    • This whole incident smells of rotten fish. And it’s a Setta Rats, to quote a former Tourism Minister, that we’re dealing with here. But the ole saying ” not everything money could buy” They could get her there but the performance is up to her and when all is said and done Them a should sue all dem ass to the wall from starting with her Coach who appears to be in cahouts with someone. SMH! Boi, like everybody have dey price oui. Them a,hold your head up high,today is theirs but tomorrow will be yours.

  42. Lack of integrity all around oui. The TTGF, Dick and sad to say Geddert too because I cyar understand that email. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Things not adding up here.

  43. Excellent work Lasana Liburd. I’m here wondering how does this guy get all this info, email and stuff. It takes a lot of research, checking sources, fact checking etc to write such detailed reports. Over the past few months I trust your reports more than reports from mainstream media houses.

  44. Excellent work Lasana Liburd .

  45. They timed this very well it seems….all planned out if u ask me…yes i have courthouse clothes! #scamps

  46. mental fitness is always required at top level sports,a 20 hour detour ,what guarantee that this athlete who has been called out at this 11th hour will be able to fulfill the expectations that are expected of her,or we might question as if she was on standby all the while,the coach pattern of behavior is suspect,i smell a rat here

  47. sorry…but I can’t be happy if she makes it, and I won’t be sad if she doesn’t.

    but this stupidity is emblematic of the nonsense which passes off as governance in T&T…

  48. Mr. Scotland and I tried our best in the circumstances. But I suspect the issue is far from over…

  49. So at this ‘last minute’ decision a good Samaritan paid for Dicks ticket? Lue Sue suddenly is her acting coach? Too many coincidences for this not to be curiously suspicious

  50. question after such a lenghy flight would the replacement be fit enough to perform at this level,what consideration was given to travelling through 3 time zones and the effect on the competitor mental and physical being,a well calculated ambush.

  51. It’s a heartbreaking end for Thema but Thema needs to blame her coach. He handed the TTGF their golden dagger.
    But Geddert had to do daily reports. He did three. So they were in Brazil for three days? So he asked her to withdraw prior to going to Brazil?

    • That’s what I took from the coach’s email. Yes. The doctor’s certificate is vital.
      It will show whether the coach was right to be concerned or overreacted.

    • Idk that the doctor’s certificate is vital given that in Glasgow even with the medical report, Marisa’s participation was left up to her coach. But all this new information, unless I missed it before.
      Was Thema injured in Glasgow as well?

    • Well, two wrongs don’t necessarily make a right. So I’d still like to know what the doctor said.
      I don’t know if Thema was injured in Glasgow. It was the first time anyone ever told me that Marisa was injured in Glasgow.

    • Not saying two wrongs make a right. But it might be the culture in gymnastics to have a coach’s decision trump medical reports because everybody has a different threshold for pain and different mental toughness. Idk.
      But if Marisa was injured in Glasgow and Thema wasn’t, it adds a new detail to this whole saga that could suggest why the TTGF felt Marisa was the better athlete, even if it remains insufficient justification for reneging on their qualifying criteria.

    • Marisa competed with a “cracked RIB”, who lets an athlete compete with a cracked rib!?!?!? What if that cracked rib, led to a punctured lung??? This whole fiasco was underhand from the beginning. From all the “evidence” now coming to light, they wanted Marisa to be the representative, and stopped at nothing, to ensure that she would be. Thema should now see if there is grounds to sue the TTGF and slap a big lawsuit on them.

    • Kerry Strug landed a vault in 96 (that won the Americans gold) at the urging of her coach, on an injured ankle. An ankle that was so injured that she couldn’t compete for the rest of the Olympics.
      Gymnastics is a tough sport and coaches seem to be tougher which is why I think a coach saying that he asked an athlete to withdraw is very damaging to an athlete’s chances of continuing.

    • I still didn’t get past how Dick got Gymnast of the year, when Thema ranked over her.

    • That was the major tournament of the year and I found it bizarre that Thema didn’t get the Gymnast of the Year award after that too.

    • At the end of the day it is quite evident that the TTGF had a clear bias towards Thema. They didn’t want her to represent Trinidad. Marisa was who they have always favoured, and they stopped at nothing to put her in that position. Competitive Sports is a very dirty game, and it’s sad that the TTGF resorted to such lengths. Thema gave up a lot, to be able to see her dreams come true, and then have it yanked away from her. This entire situation also says a lot about Marisa’s camp. They’ll stop at nothing, even if it means destroying others, so Marisa could be at the top. Sad day in Trinidad and Tobago professional sports

    • She may have got the gymnast of the year nod over Thema because of the beam move that she invented. Idk. But people in this country made a bigger deal about that than Thema’s 59th placing at world’s. Marisa was getting mad love from trinbagonians…