The following letter was sent to Wired868 by Dr Sandra Camps, the daughter of former Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) president Oliver Camps:
My name is Dr Sandra Camps, daughter of Oliver Camps. I have in my possession a copy of a letter dated November 16th, 2015 given to me by the TTFA to present to the court.
In the letter a commitment was made by the TTFA in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport to settle the debt to Mr Wilhelmus Rijsbergen by December 14th, 2015. Based on this commitment, an extension was granted by the court to January 21st, 2016.
Unfortunately, neither the TTFA nor the Ministry of Sport has lived up to that commitment and as a result my 84 year old father is getting closer and closer to losing his home and every other asset he possesses to pay a debt owed by the TTFA/Ministry of Sport.
What is blatantly unfair is that the letter making the commitment to settle the matter with Mr Wilhelmus Rijsbergen was dated November 16th, 2015. However, four days later on November 20th, 2015, the Ministry of Sport committed to pay Russell Latapy at least $200,000 USD for coaching the national team for the period 2009-2011, which was at least two years after Mr Rijsbergen’s tenure as national football coach.
The Ministry has also committed to paying a balance of at least $300,000 USD to Mr Latapy yet claims they have no money to pay Mr Rijsbergen, whose debt was owed years before Mr Latapy’s.
How could this injustice be allowed to persist when my aging father is about to lose all that he has worked for over a lifetime?
Dr Sandra Camps.
Editor’s Note: Oliver Camps resigned as TTFF president in 2011, after FIFA opened an investigation into his role in the Mohamed Bin Hammam bribery scandal which preceded the 2011 FIFA presidential election.
An affidavit by then TTFF general secretary, Richard Groden, claimed that Camps and then FIFA vice president Jack Warner pressured him into giving false evidence to FIFA investigators on the matter.