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Marisa Dick or nothing: TTGF backs TTOC into corner; Lewis explains remaining options

The Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation (TTGF) will be represented at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by Marisa Dick. Or by nobody.

The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) and the local gymnastics body confirmed to Wired868 today that, based on information from the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG), only one athlete is now allowed to represent the two island republic in Brazil.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes on the floor exercise in the women's artistic gymnastics team event at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada on 12 July 2015. (Copyright AFP 2016/Kevin Van Paassen)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago gymnast Marisa Dick competes on the floor exercise in the women’s artistic gymnastics team event at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada on 12 July 2015.
(Copyright AFP 2016/Kevin Van Paassen)

And it is not 20 year old Thema Williams, who left her Diego Martin home two years ago and migrated to Michigan, United States where she snubbed a sport scholarship to dedicate her life to getting to Rio.

On Saturday morning, on the eve of the Rio Test event on April 17, TTGF president David Marquez informed the FIG that Williams’ name was to replaced with Dick’s on the grounds of injury.

Marquez’s decision, which supposedly was a unanimous one by the gymnastics board, was taken without consultation with Williams, head of delegation and physiotherapist Nicole Fuentes, coach John Geddert or a medical certificate.

It could yet go down as one of the most controversial moments in Trinidad and Tobago’s sporting history and certainly in gymnastics.

The TTGF comprises of president Marquez, general secretary Elicia Peters-Charles, first vice president Akil Wattley, second vice president Ricardo Lue Shue—who was president of the body from 2008 to 2015 and served as Dick’s coach in Rio—treasurer Susanne Babooram and Lue Shue’s wife, Donna Lue Shue, who serves as assistant treasurer.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international gymnast Thema Williams. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago international gymnast Thema Williams.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/Wired868)

A tweet by TTOC president Brian Lewis, shortly after Dick wrapped up the straightforward qualification process, suggested that there might be a glimmer of hope for Williams.

“As long as people understand its @TTOlympic that has the final say in respect of #TeamTTO selection for the Olympic Games,” tweeted Lewis. “Plain talk.”

The relationship between the TTOC and the TTGF has been strained for months.

When the local gymnastics body sent Williams to its disciplinary committee for a topless photo, on 23 February, and suggested she might pay the ultimate price for the supposed indiscretion, Lewis publicly pointed out that Williams—and not Dick—was the chosen athlete for the Rio Test event.

The TTGF’s response was bullish.

“Brian Lewis cannot say that (Williams) has to go,” said a TTGF member then, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He cannot tell the Federation who can go to the Olympics.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis (left) with a delegate at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. (Courtesy TTOC)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis (left) with a delegate at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
(Courtesy TTOC)

This morning, Lewis pointed to Clause 27.3 of the Olympic charter, which suggested otherwise:

“The NOCs have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games and at the regional, continental or world multi-sports competitions patronised by the IOC…”

The TTOC president explained that it would not be unprecedented for the local body to overrule a National Sporting Organisation (NSO), although they traditionally always strive for a collaborative approach.

“We have the right to designate and identify players,” Lewis told Wired868. “While we respect the autonomy of the respective sporting association, we have our own due diligence.

“This is the first time gymnastics has reached this far and they will not be accustomed to what the Olympic Committee can do in this process.

“They may not be unaware of rule 27 but it is an unambiguous rule in terms of what we can do. There is no argument there as far as we are concerned.”

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 Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)
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 Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)

The gymnastics board might be many things. But, as the events of the past six months suggest, the TTGF is neither naive or uninformed.

As the social media buzzed about what Lewis’ tweet might mean to the unfolding drama, the gymnastics board put a call through to the FIG at about 11 pm last night, just to confirm what its members already knew.

It would have been roughly 5 am in Lausanne, Switzerland—where the FIG is headquartered—but, according to the gymnastics insider, the TTGF got the answer it was looking for.

“The spot is Marisa’s,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It is an individual spot. When you do the Test event and you get through, that spot remains in your name.

“If you get sick and cannot take that spot, you cannot transfer it. That spot then goes to a reserve.”

And then came the clincher. The TTGF, according to the source, was not at all blindsided by Lewis’ tweet and had long been aware of the powers granted to the TTOC by the Olympic charter.

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)

“We recognise that the TTOC has the final say on whether gymnastics will compete in the Olympic Games,” said the source. “It is out of the Federation’s hands completely. It is up to the TTOC to decide.

“I expect that the TTGF will do their part (in the selection process) and participate fully (with the TTOC).”

The Trinidad and Tobago gymnastics fraternity has never qualified for the Olympics before. It has done so now.

But it will be the TTOC or, more accurately, the body’s games management committee of Annette Knott, Ian Hypolite, Diane Henderson and Dr Terry Ali, who will have to figuratively look the 18 year old Dick in the eye and say that they prefer to send nobody to the Olympics than to send her.

Arguably, the TTGF has engineered a lose-lose position for the TTOC. The National Olympic Committee (NOC) must either send Dick to Rio or stop history in the making for gymnastics.

Once more, the momentous decision looks likely to be played out with no meaningful input from Sport Minister Darryl Smith.

Photo: Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) meets with TTGF president David Marquez and his executive committee in 2015. (Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)
Photo: Sport Minister Darryl Smith (centre) meets with TTGF president David Marquez and his executive committee in 2015.
(Courtesy Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs)

Smith, who has steadfastly refused to attempt moral persuasion, told I95.5FM today that he will not stop State funding to the gymnastics body, despite a petition asking him to do so in response to the TTGF’s machinations.

“I cannot do that,” said Smith, in a rare interview on the subject, “we have a funding policy which I am guided by…”

Lewis and the TTOC, which is legally advised by Elton Prescott SC, had considered—at least theoretically—all possible scenarios, including the option of refusing to send a gymnast to Rio.

Whether Lewis ever thought it would come to that—or considered this option as a mere bluff—is another story.

“We have sent back selections (from NSOs) in the past on the basis that it didn’t meet the agreed criteria,” said Lewis, “which might have been beep test (fitness) scores or what have you…

“There may be reasons why a NOC may not take up a place if it feels the sporting body isn’t properly prepared and so on.”

It might be a stretch to question Dick’s fitness or suggest that she is not properly prepared for international competition.

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)

Lewis gave some more insight into the duty of his games management committee.

“When the games management committee meets, there will be a particular checklist they will go through,” Lewis told Wired868. “They will check things like athlete eligibility, age requirements, the qualification standard established by FIG…

“The process under which an alternate could change…”

If Marquez’s decision at 12.27 am on Saturday April 16 is deemed to be unfair to Williams, then Dick could logically be ruled to have benefited from an act of injustice.

It would mean the process that led to Dick’s Olympic qualification is flawed. And, as a result, the TTOC could deny her the chance to further reap the rewards of it.

Williams’ attorney, Keith Scotland, has hinted at legal action against the TTGF for denying his client the chance to perform.

Scotland described the TTGF’s decision as: “irrational, illegal and null and void.”

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)

If Williams decides to stand up for herself against the gymnastics body’s perceived unjust act, it could put further pressure on the TTOC and open them up to legal action if they endorse Dick.

If the TTOC does not select Dick, there is the chance that either Dick or the TTGF could sue on the grounds that, as Lewis conceded: “Marisa Dick now has a legitimate expectation of performing at the Rio Olympics.”

Lewis said, although the TTOC can only select one athlete for Rio, the local Olympic body does not now become a rubber stamp.

“All that changes is the option that the TTOC will have, that’s all,” said the TTOC president. “What does not change is the right and duty of the TTOC under rule 27.”

Once the FIG officially informs the TTOC of its quota for the Rio Olympics, the local body will have two weeks to decide whether or not to use its lone spot.

It will be Dick or nothing.

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)

At 11.30 pm on Tuesday April 19, Williams returns from Rio and lands at the Piarco International Airport.

She will not return to Rio in August for the Olympic Games.

Yesterday, in her first public statement since she was unceremoniously replaced by Dick, Williams, a budding art student, painted a dreadlocked man smoking with the words: “Love is destructive.”

Beneath, she wrote: “What’s bad for my heart is good for my art. I’ll be alright.”

There was an Instagram photo too of the former St Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain) student at Rio’s famous statue of Christ the Redemer with a Trinidad and Tobago flag.

Photo: Thema Williams shares some art on Sunday 17 April 2016. (Courtesy Thema Williams)
Photo: Thema Williams shares some art on Sunday 17 April 2016.
(Courtesy Thema Williams)

At the top of Williams’ Twitter page, she had pinned another quote: “Who Jah Bless, no man curse.”

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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  1. We need to get rid of these nasty people, them and the west indies cricket board, they are a disgrace

  2. This country would probably be able to win GOLD for the mental gymnastics I am witnessing.

  3. I think the public will vote NOTHING.

    Too many emotions, and if Ms. Dick is sent to the Olympics, then it reaffirms that corrupt people, using corrupt practices will always prevail.

    It’s time that someone, some organization, take a stand and chart a new frontier for Trinidad and Tobago. Do it RIGHT or don’t do it at all.

  4. Thema will always be our true champion! She was treated unfairly but she still manages to display true sportsmanship, putting a smile on her face and maintaining her dignity. We love you, Thema!

  5. TTOC-Trinidad would Honestly prefer NO representation at this Olympics please. It is not Dicks place to be, it was STOLEN from Thema.

  6. Send her back Canada she doesn’t want to represent T&T anyway #teamthema

  7. Thema Williams or nothing I done talk Dick go take a damn hike

  8. The Olympic movement is about more than sport. It is about fairness and sportsmanship. Sadly, Ms. Dick and her handlers/supporters have displayed neither. Even if Thema can’t compete I believe she should be allowed to travel with the TT Team and even carry our flag at the Opening Ceremony!

  9. I will never support that Dick girl and if she medal which is a gigantic if i will never celebrate that medal they is no way any true Trini could feel that joy like how we felt with keshawn Wolcott no way ! Please Thema or nobody Party Done!

  10. Dey can keep dey damn dick, but Thema is ours!

  11. Gold is not worth what TTGF did. The sport is not just about a medal but about clean and fair sportsmanship. Dick’s representation isn’t valid. Send Thema or send no one.

  12. Nothing No one Nobody! Thema is back home. Send Dick where her heart is let her represent them if they want her

    • That’s just it she did not make the Canada team that’s why she want to fake begin a Trini please !the woman done care about this country and those wicked board members I wonder how much money they get ? The people were bend on messing upThema if Thema cannot represent us neither should wana be Trini Dick represent fast and out of place

  13. Thema, my heart hurts for you but keep the faith and know God is always just!

  14. O my o my they think because she “light skinned ” she’d be a better look for T & T

  15. I have read a lot of comments about the injustice meted out to Thema Williams. The fact is the damage is already done and presumably nothing can be done in that regard, however it should be noted that MARQUEZ, the main offender in this debacle , along with his entire executive have to be removed from office. Mr Scotland, Thema’s representative, should be capable of taking care of the legal aspect of this…what is interesting though, is that MARQUEZ broke every Rule of his Federation’s Constitution…under COUNCIL Article (o) to elect an Hon. Medical Officer who shall be the advisor to the Federation in matters of medical opinion appertaining to the Federation only…..under (t) the Federation must stand for fairness, preservation of dignity and opportunity for all of its members. There are other clauses which say that such decisions should be made by 60% of its Council…The AUTOCRATIC MARQUEZ contravened the above rules of his organization’s Constitution which is the Bible of ALL organizations. It is therefore necessary that the TTGF’s executive be given similar treatment which was given to Thema…we should ALL push to get them out of office, we should not rest until that is accomplished….No free trips for them to the Olympics in August.

  16. It’s quite clear that all the talk in the world not going to get them to say Boo! If they wanted to be exonerated, they could show the ticket purchase date/time. It wouldn’t completely excuse them but they would at least be able to say ‘told you so’. They won’t because they can’t. Shame won’t do anything because they are absolutely shameless. The minister (and I spell that with a lower-case ‘m’) won’t do anything because of a lack of…fill in the space… The ONLY persons that can stick it to them is the TTOC. ALL our efforts should be directed to them. Mr. Lewis is already making the right noises; he needs to be supported to maintain that stance.

  17. NOTHING NOTHING AND DID MENTION NOTHING

  18. Linda no one has a problem with Dick here… The problem is the criteria for making a quick decision to replace Thema and the fact that it was deliciously mastermind to create an excuse to eliminate Thema’s dream.
    I realize out of all the stakeholders Thema has the most to lose here, however she has so gallantly shown she is forever a champion for what makes a champion is perseverance and that positive spirit to wish and hope for the best in succeeding.
    Imagine TTGF never considered their approach, their leadership, their maturity and experience in a situation like this which let’s you know the lines people cross to get what they want….

    • Jason, not sure if there’s another Linda here but if it’s me I never thought Dick was a problem. I’m just playing with words.

      Dick is also being unfairly treated I think and the decision to pull Thema was absolutely unacceptable. My stance.

  19. It s NUTTIN for me den …. let dick go bk canada!!!!!

  20. Representing us with her heart in her native land? Thema or nothing!

  21. Coach’s comment that they will rest and try again tomorrow with heart, shows that he had no desire or thought to replace Thema. Also not having a medical opinion to support the TTGF decision means their own protocols were not followed. Allowing Dick to replace Thema at the games would set a remarkably dangerous precedent. The logical, sad decision to be made here is for us to Send no one.

  22. Oh ho!! Is so! They must be MAD!! Thema will represent Trinidad & Tobago in Rio 2016. Get rid of these idiots pronto. Their decision was invalid. It was not a unanimous vote.

  23. “Dick was en route to Brazil, making a journey of some 11,000 kilometres. She caught a ride from Fort McMurray to Edmonton at 9 p.m. Friday night, jumped on a 7 a.m. Saturday flight to Houston, then on to Rio. She walked off the plane in Brazil at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, was in the gym five hours later, and qualified 55th overall with scores of 13.1466 (vault), 12.366 (bars), 13.2 (beam) and 12.333 (floor).”

    What time was the decision to remove Thema made?

  24. So tell me how you all expect this young lady ms Thelma to feel so respect for her and her family So its all boils down to one word MONEY SAD just SAD

  25. Stanley Ryan you cannot be serious. She basically admitted that T &T isn’t in her heart and we’re just a means to an end but I as a Trinbagonian should still support her?

    If you don’t get how weak, pathetic and desperate that sounds then it’s no wonder T&T barely gets anywhere on her own steam… Because her people are content to be foreigners’ doormats.

    I find such an outright lack of pride nothing short of utterly disgusting… But to each his own, right? -_-

  26. Twisting information to justify malicious intent against an athletic wow TTGF and TTOC something is wrong with you’ll

  27. ZERO!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SHAMFUL AND EMBARRASSING!!!!

  28. Scotland described the TTGF’s decision as: “irrational, illegal and null and void.” i do agree with Scotland who is the Attorney representing Thema as this decision seems to be pre-meditated, so without proper investigation how did they make a decision. Hmm a sad day when leaders of any regime cannot practice a code of a fair and ethical nature.

  29. everything in life is politics ….. does this drama remind anyone else of the Ms World Pageant ?

  30. Too bad both talented athletes could not represent….

  31. The response to this question is very simple: We will send noone. As a country, we need to think in the long-term. It is in the best interest of our future athletes that we demonstrate that you need to be the best in order to succeed. By making it possible for the lesser talented Canadian-at-heart to go, we are sending the wrong message to our young people. Furthermore, Marisa’s complicity in this farce is extraordinarily disturbing. She clearly lacks sportsmanship and integrity and so, does not represent the best of our great nation.

    I also have a question related to the TTGF. A number of posters have questioned about whether it is possible to defund the TTGF or to remove the board. I would like to know whether it’s possible to create a completely new entity (e.g, TT gymnastics association?) and start from scratch – new governance, new board etc. In that way, we can make the current TTGF irrelevant and just move forward as a country. Further still, we can immediately reallocate the funds from the TTGF to this new entity so that our current athletes will still be able to be have financial support in the sport while ensuring that we’re not funding someone who only considers themselves Canadian (which strikingly brings to mind colonialism – why are we giving a self-proclaimed Canadian money while we’re in a recession)

    Let’s keep putting pressure on all related parties (TTGF, Minister of Sports, TTOC etc.) irrespective of whether they say it’s their problem. They will at least be pressed to find someone whose problem it is. They all need to stop Dick-ing around (had to include that) and do something of substance. This isn’t going away

  32. Let’s vote to send no one, start a petition. No gymnast. Nada.drizzle, etc.

  33. I feel for Thema, but I can’t say I know how she feels, nobody can..all I can offer as support is this…be strong and rise above the injustice meted out to you by David Marquiz and his band of hoodlums, I make no apology because I had the experience of being unfairly treated in the selection process, just look forward. I did and attained the level from National to International representative of a world body, a status of envy by those who treated me unfairly, a status of which I will always be proud of. Bear no malice against Marisa, she is also a victim of her own conscience. As for David Marquiz and his band of hoodlums, I reserve my wish to you and your execs on this public forum…live with it.

    • why is everyone trying to evoke sympathy for Marisa ? 18 is an adult ! If she had any scruples and conscience she would not have gone along and steal Thema’s dream .. a dream she worked so hard to achieve …. she should have been honorable and turned down the offer but I think it is more like Marquez was used by her Lue Shue and her parents so no sympathy for her from this quarters

      • I totally agree with you. Part of being a great athlete is impeccable sportsmanship.

        Even if Ms. Dick does medal at the Olympics, the momentous occasion will always be eclipsed by her and the TTGF [perceived] skulduggery and she will never have the love, admiration and respect of the nation as Thema does.We will wine and jam and take a holiday for her achievement and bad talk her to death. That’s us Trinbagonians!
        But I get the feeling that Ms. Dick doesn’t give a rat’s ass about how we feel about her…once she gets her gold…bronze or silver!

    • Cheryl Gibson, if you read my piece, I never extended sympathy for Marisa, all I asked was ..bear no malice against Marisa, simply because she was not at fault, she was at a meet in Canada when she got a call, so I beg to be excluded from your accusations.

    • Mervyn Skeete is your name ‘everyone’

    • Sorry lady Gibson, no my name is not everyone, again, read the last of my comment…lol

  34. If dick won any medal she will know deep in her heart she didnt earn it

  35. Olympic Charter August 2nd, 2015:
    44 Invitations and entries*
    1. The invitations to take part in the Olympic Games shall be sent out by the IOC to all NOCs one year before the opening ceremony.
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    The Olympic Games
    2. Only NOCs recognised by the IOC may submit entries for competitors in the Olympic Games.
    3. Any entry is subject to acceptance by the IOC, which may at its discretion, at any time, refuse any entry, without indication of grounds. Nobody is entitled as of right to participate in the Olympic Games.
    4. An NOC shall only enter competitors upon the recommendations for entries given by national federations. If the NOC approves thereof, it shall transmit such entries to the OCOG. The OCOG must acknowledge their receipt. NOCs must investigate the validity of the entries proposed by the national federations and ensure that no one has been excluded for racial, religious or political reasons or by reason of other forms of discrimination.
    5. The NOCs shall send to the Olympic Games only those competitors adequately prepared for high level international competition. Through its IF, a national federation may ask that the IOC Executive Board review a decision by an NOC in a matter of entries. The IOC Executive Board’s decision shall be final.

    In other words, NOC has all the power to send an athlete. You can’t just send anyone to take the spot and then say, once that person doesn’t participate then no one else can. This is a conspiracy against Thema. I’m sure that Marisa can be removed and Thema placed back where she was previously as TnT Olympic Contestant. I also believe Dr. Rowley must get involved. This is beyond sports issues, it’s National scandal affecting our reputation on International level.

  36. I find it so sad that our first time competing in the gymnastics at an Olympics is marred with such disgraceful behaviour. Trinidadians need to sit up and speak out……..fair is fair.

  37. This is a world where color places such an unfair and huge role,if they were both under scrutiny for the same reason how come the high coloured one got picked and then you hearing that nobody never told them Thema was actually injured.

  38. Thema has not yet issued statements, but the last one his post from the night before the test podium and says, “at last the dream that I dreamed”.
    To you the comments……………………… made me cry ….. This is Thema’s last post … nothing since ….. excerpt from Italian commentary of debacle

  39. What coincidence…Toni-Ann WILLIAMS becomes Jamaica’s first ever gymnast in the Olympics, while Thema WILLIAMS was denied the opportunity to become Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever gymnast in the Olympics. Coincidently also, the same principle was adopted by both the JGA and the TTGF. Something is wrong with the heads of these bodies. Did anyone say a SHRINK is the answer?

  40. If the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee doesn’t ratify Marisa Dick to compete in Rio, this country could lose out to Azerbaijan.

    http://www.tv6tnt.com/sevenpm-news/Marisa-or-Azerjaiban-376150761.html

  41. This situation about “dual citizenship” and representing Trinidad and Tobago arose on several occasions before this present calamity. It happened in soccer, in cricket and in other sports locally, and also in other countries internationally. It is called CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT.. Principally, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, what is causing the furore though was the dishonesty and bias of the executive members of the TTGF, and deceptive manner in which the replacement was engineered by DAVID MARQUEZ, the President, who, based on reports, has no alternative but to resign, having shown that he was dishonest in his dealings with the athletes involved, and misled the public in so doing. Both Marisa and Thrma were legitimate in their quest to be the T&T representative, whereas Thema was the obvious choice by reason of performance, that opportunity was denied due to the DISHONESTY of theTTGF, then comes the AUDACITY of David Marquiz saying”I eh kill nobody”, what arrogance.

  42. That awkward moment when a self-confessed “Canadian at heart” is forced down T&T’s collective throat… :-/

  43. you all see what she post try get her Instagram post real sad.

  44. “When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.”

    The matter – though at first complicated – is now simple. The TTOC now has jurisdiction on the athlete who qualified, that is Ms. Dick.

    The TTOC can choose to send Dick or give up the spot. There is a criteria for turning down the spot allotted. If the athlete is deemed fit and competent for the competition, then there is little ground for turning down the spot. Whatever happened before the qualification at Rio was none of the TTOC business – or rather, it was not within their jurisdiction. They cannot now choose or deny the athlete based on what happened before qualification. As such, they cannot be held accountable by any Court for events that occurred outside of their jurisdiction. If the TTOC denies Dick the spot based on considerations outside of the prescribed guidelines of the TTOC, then they will be open to litigation.

    On another point, lawyers bark in accordance with who is paying them; it is Keith Scotland’s job to appear ferocious and to bark as loud as he can, regardless of the merit of his argument. He may have an argument against the TTGC but not the TTOC.
    Thema’s coach sent an email that objectively reading, gave the impression that the athlete was not fit for the competition. He changed his ‘tune’ after the fact…
    He obviously would have known the consequence of his email, and it must be questioned as to why he sent such a worded email at the time he sent it.

    Further, the record of both Thema and Marisa should be studied. It will show that Dick succeeded Williams in most competition prior to the last one they competed in. This raised the issue as to which athlete may have a greater chance of success. Do you go with the one with the better record, or the one that played better in the last game? That was the principle of debate. Do you choose Narine or Jon Ross (who may have got more wickets than Narine in the last game played)? The rule said that the one who made more points in the last competition gets the nod, but wholistically, would it have been the better athlete?

    It is expected that the guidelines for choosing an athlete by the TTGC will be amended the next time around.

    • “The Trinidad and Tobago gymnast, who was born in Edmonton and has dual-citizenship, executed her patented “Dick Mount” on the beam, which, according to live updates from TheGymter, brought her warm applause and led to her highest score of the event.” Lasana Liburd

  45. pity…. they really did not want Thema….that’s why Marisa was so confident from way before that she had a chance despite Thema’s score….whether she partook or not, she seemed to have inside info….the TTGF …idk…so much wrong there….