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CAS help to get
Former national midfielder Lyn-
don 'Chubby' Andrews is threaten-
ing to go to the Court of Arbitration
for Sports (CAS) based in Lausanne,
Switzerland if the T&T Profession-
al Football League does not pay him
monies owed to him by defunct Pro
League outfit Ma Pau.
The 41-year-old Andrews is owed $60,
000 in salaries for his services at the club
from February 1, 2010 to December 31,
2011 and believes the T&T Pro League
can pay him that amount as all clubs are
required to cover a bond of $400,000 to
ensure their entry into the country's top
flight football league.
Ma Pau Stars closed its doors in 2011
citing difficulties to pay salaries to some
22 players with whom it had contracts.
And in addition to communicating
their exit from the league with the play-
ers, the club also offered the players a
two-month departing package which
only Andrews did not accept.
Andrews said: "The bonds are sup-
posed to be use for the purpose that if
clubs are unable to fulfil their responsi-
bilities, which include paying salaries."
Andrews explained that the crite-
ria for entry into the pro league was
drafted back in 1998 when then owner
of Joe Public Football Club and Special
Adviser to the T&T Football Association
Jack Warner agreed to provide financial
assistance to many talented young foot-
ballers in T&T. The requirements sought
to ensure that players' received salaries
from clubs, starting at a minimum base
of $2, 500 a month and up, as well as
bond of $750, 000 if they faltered in this
Andrews who is also affectionately
known as 'Chubby' decided to take le-
gal action against his former employers,
but learnt that the club 'Ma Pau Sports
Company Limited' which he had signed
the contract with, was not a registered
business entity and therefore he cannot
take legal actions against it.
"How could a club that was not regis-
tered, allowed to enter the pro league and
sign contracts with players," Andrews
asked during an interview with Guardian
Media Sports yesterday.
He is due to submit all his documents
to the CAS, describing the situation as
unbelievable and unfair. He is calling on
T&TFA president David John-Williams
and Warner to come to his assistance
Meanwhile, when contacted Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer of the pro league Dexter
Skeene said the pro league continued to
see players as their number one asset and
provide protection to them, however at
the point in time that Ma Pau was in the
league, it had paid no bond.
Skeene, a former T&T internation-
al explained: "The league then, on the
advice of its legal team, acted as it real-
ised that it had a moral obligation to its
players and therefore reached out to Ma
Pau to see if a settlement with Andrews
could have been reached."
Andrews said the development had left
him very disappointed and he decided
to pull out of the sport.
Apart from Andrews, some of the other
players who had contracts with Ma Pau
were Shane Mathias, Anton Wolfe, Marc
Leslie, René Britto, Shandell Samuel,
Kevin Molino, Trevin Caesar, Mekeil
Williams and Curtis Gonzales.
Ex Ma Pau midfielder Lyndon Andrews
Jonathan De La Rosa shows off his dolphin which tipped the scale at 31.15 pounds yesterday, the final day
of the 22nd Tobago Billfishing Tournament in Charlotteville. De La Rosa was a member of team Magic
Lady which landed six catches.
400 students to
contest Atlantic 3K
The largest field of athletes will as-
semble to challenge for top honours
when the 2017 edition of the Atlantic
National 3K Road Race which is part
of the National Primary School Track
and Field season programme.
The event will take place tomorrow.
The starts at the Penal Convent School
on Clarke Road, Penal and finish at the
Penal Hindu School Ground.
The race will be run in two parts with
the girl starting at 10:00 am and the boys
Four hundred athletes from primary
schools all over Trinidad and Tobago will
be vying to be the Champion boys and
girls titles in addition to the top under-11,
under-13 and under-15 age group cate-
The main trophy which will be at stake
will be the Champion District Trophy
which has been won by North Eastern
Education District for the past five years.
The National 3K race is staged every
year by the National Primary Schools
Track and Field Association as the pre-
cursor to the season's main event which
is the Atlantic National Primary Schools
Track and Field Championships which
will be held at the Hasely Crawford Sta-
dium on Wednesday 5th June.
That event get underway at 9:00am
and thiis year marks the 52nd edition
which culminates the track and field
programme of competition for primary
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