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Thursday, February 1, 2018
Two of T&T’s most decorated table tennis players
have lost a bid to take their dispute over failing to
be selected for the 2018 Commonwealth Games to
the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC)’s arbitration
Delivering a ruling in the Port-of-Spain High
Court yesterday afternoon, Justice Eleanor Don-
aldson-Honeywell dismissed the application
which was filed by Dexter St Louis and his step
daughter Rheann Chung against the T&T Table
Tennis Association (TTTTA).
Despite her ruling Donaldson-Honeywell contin-
ued an injunction granted against the TTTTA bar-
ring it from taking further action on its selections,
before the duo’s lawsuit over the issue goes to trial
before her on March 5.
In opposing of the arbitration application, the
association said that alternative dispute resolution
could only be initiated by it under the TTOC’s con-
stitution. Donaldson-Honeywell agreed.
However, the duo have filed a wasted costs ap-
plication in which they are claiming their legal
costs for the entire lawsuit as they contend that
the association’s opposition to arbitration was un-
In furtherance of the application, Donald-
son-Honeywell asked the parties to file sub-
missions on the difference in costs between
arbitration and litigation and whether the associa-
tion had referred disputes to the TTOC’s tribunal
in the past. The issue will be determine after the
trial of the substantive lawsuit.
St Louis, 50, and 33-year-old Chung are ques-
tioning the process used by the association to
select 19-year-old Aaron Wilson and 21-year-old
Yuvraj Dookram to the team and Arun Ramnarine
as reserve for the games. The event will be held in
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between April
5 and 15.
They are seeking damages for breach of con-
tract, conspiracy and unlawful interference.
In defence of the lawsuit, the TTTTA is claiming
that the duo was informed via email of the selec-
tion criteria and chose not to participate.
It is also alleging that they only decided to chal-
lenge the process after it was completed.
The TTTTA is also claiming that it had closely
followed the TTOC’s guidelines and deadlines in
making its selection.
St Louis and Chung are being represented by
Mathew Gayle, Sheriza Khan and Dr Emir Crowne,
while Dinesh Rambally, Kiel Tacklalsingh and Ste-
fan Ramkissoon are representing the TTTTA.
(Reporting Derek Achong)
fails to obey court order
Lawyers representing gymnast Thema
Williams are seeking to have have the
T&T Gymnastics Federation’s defence to
her multi-million dollar lawsuit against
it, struck out. Senior Counsel Marin Daly
signalled his intention to file an applica-
tion during a case management hearing
before Justice Frank Seepersad in the
Port-of-Spain High Court on Tuesday.
Daly complained that the federation
disobeyed Seepersad’s order in relation
to disclosing documents pertinent to
The documents relate to communica-
tion between the federation and fellow
gymnast Marissa Dick, who Williams is
claiming was unfairly picked ahead of
her to represent this country at the 2016
Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Bra-
Daly said he wrote to the federation’s
lawyers last week to outline the breaches
and was yet to receive a response.
Seepersad indicated that the federa-
tion had been given a fair opportunity
to response and was informed by the
that the disclosure would be forth-
If the application is filed and is suc-
cessful, it may mean that the federation
would have a default judgement levied
Seepersad was expected to set a trial
date for the case during the hearing,
however, he postponed the issue due to
the delay in
disclosure. The case has been ad-
journed to March 6.
The controversial dispute between the
athlete and the federation began after
Williams was replaced by Dick to rep-
resent this country at the Olympic Test
Event event in April 2016. Her initial se-
lection was based on her performance at
the World Artistic Gymnastics Champi-
onship in Glasgow, Scotland on October
23, 2015, where she placed higher than
Williams claimed that her coach John
Geddert was informed by the federa-
tion that she was withdrawn because
she was injured, a claim which she de-
nies. Alternate athlete Dick was selected
to participate in the event instead and
eventually qualified becoming the first
person to represent T&T in gymnastics
at the Olympics.
In her claim for over $10 million in
damages, Williams is claiming compen-
sation for her “loss of opportunity” and
damage to her personal and profes-
sional reputation allegedly caused by
the “harsh and oppressive” actions of
the federation’s executive.
Her attorneys are contending that by
failing to be given an opportunity to
qualify for the Olympics, she suffered a
huge loss of
opportunity of endorsements, moti-
vational speaking engagements and re-
peated business opportunities as well as
a full scholarship to the Michigan State
University, which she forewent in her
bid to represent T&T at event.
Williams is also being represented by
Keith Scotland, while Justin Junkere is
representing the federation.
Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj, SC, and
Ronnie Bissessar are representing the
federation’s four executives.
Den Bosch edges T&T’s ‘Stickmen’ 7-6
T&T senior men’s indoor hockey team
had a much better showing in their
second warm-up match, but still went
under to Holland Premier Division club,
HC Den Bosch 7-6 in their continued
preparations for next weeks’ Fifth Fifth
Indoor Hockey World Cup in Berlin,
Beaten 7-4 on Tuesday by the same
Den Bosch line-up after trailing 5-2 at
the half-time interval, the “Calypso
Stickmen” managed to go into the half-
time this time tied at 4-4 with a pair of
goals from Fatima’s Jordan Vieira and
one each by Malvern’s Kristien Em-
manuel and Australian-based Paragon
forward Akim Toussaint at the De Kem-
mer Sports Facility, Oirschot, North
The second-half was again a close
battle between the Solomon Eccles-led
T&T men and Den Bosch, with the latter
just enjoying the scoring edge of 3-2 to
pull off the 7-6 victory.
Speaking from Holland, T&T coach
Raphael Govia said he was very pleased
with the improved effort from the team.
He said, “Our boys were fired up for
the second match and it showed in their
play, however we made some blunders
both in attack and defence and in the
end it was the difference in the result”.
Govia also singled out Eccles for hav-
ing a very solid showing in leading the
team from defense and said he was ex-
pected his team to come out firing for a
win when its faces Venlo from 1pm (T&T
time) today in its final warm-up match.
Following the match today the
13-member T&T playing squad will con-
tinue to prepare in Holland until Sat-
urday when Govia will select his final
12-member team ahead of arriving in
Berlin on Sunday afternoon.
T&T team qualified to the World Cup
after capturing the 2017 Pan American
Indoor Cup Men’s Tournament title with
a 7-0 win over Argentina at the Cliff An-
derson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guy-
ana last October led by Eccles.
At the World Cup to be played at the
Max-Schmeling-Halle, T&T faces Czech
Republic in its first Pool B match on
February 7 from 12.45pm (Germany
Time) and then Poland at 7.30pm to
close out the first day.
On February 8, the “Calypso Stick-
men” will come up against Australia
and Kazakhstan before closing out the
round-robin series versus host Ger-
T&T player (# 17) Marcus James attempts to score in their second warm-up match against
Holland Premier Division club, HC Den Bosch yesterday, but lost 7-6.
T&T gymnast Thema Williams
T&T’s ace table tennis player Dexter St Louis
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