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T&T World Champs team wasn’t approved

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2013 | 12:17 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago, Aug 18, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago team at the 14th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia wasn’t approved by the General Council of the National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA).

Former secretary of the national athletics federation, Clyde Forde said the NAAA Executive violated its own constitution by sending a team to the world championships without the general council’s ratification.

“The executive of the NAAA is only a committee selected by the general council to handle the day to day affairs of the organisation but what they did was contrary of the constitution when they selected the T&T team for the World Games in Russia without the approval or ratification by the General Council,” he was quoted in the Trinidad Express newspaper.

“We did not receive the minutes of the meeting as enshrined in the constitution, when the team was selected. We are to approve the team and give it the okay but without any approval of the general council, the executive went ahead and selected a team anyway.”

“If they had sent those minutes for us when they selected the team, we would have revoked the selection of Semoy Hackett because of the ban imposed by the world governing body for the sport.

Secretary of the NAAA, Allan Baboolal said the federation will comment at the appropriate time.