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Swim team uncertain of Carifta meet
It is uncertain whether T&T will be represented at the Carifta Swimming Championship in Jamaica from March 31- April 3.
Yesterday, Guardian Media Sports learnt that parents of swimmers were asked to pay $9,000 to secure their children's participation. The amount was initially $10,500, but a parent speaking on condition of anonymity said it was agreed by all the parents on a chat yesterday that they could not pay the amount requested in such a short space of time.
The Amateur Swimming Association of T&T (ASATT) on Saturday gave a breakdown for the amount given, outlining a cost of $6,100 for airfare which is to be paid by Saturday. However, it could explain the additional $2,900, to be paid by next week, since Government through the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has agreed to cover the cost for hotel and accommodation for the contingent.
According to the parent the $2,900 is set to be used to off-set the cost of travel for five coaches and two chaperones who will be part of the contingent.
"We have been asking the association for a breakdown of the $2,900, but have been ignored. They are not dealing with that at all," the parent said. Once selected on the national team swimmers are to be facilitated with bags, jerseys, swim caps and track suits. But the parent said it is uncertain whether the young swimmers are being made to cover equipment expenses also.
Some parents who took the liberty to purchase their (child/children) ticket before hand are still being asked to pay the $2,900, Guardian Media Sports was told.
It appears the parents' frustration has been heating up for months now after a request to begin holding fund-raising events for such meets was ignored by the ASATT, being led by Wendell Lai Hing.
The source explained that the parent made an offer to form a Fund Raising Committee to deal specifically with monies to help teams travelling to national assignments abroad, but that too received a big thumbs down by ASATT.
The ASATT on Saturday tried to help by distributing donation sheets to parents, but with just a week to source funds it was felt that donation sheets were months to late.
Attempts yesterday to contact Lai Hing ASATT's president via his cell phone for a response to the complaints were unsuccessful.
Only in January this year, local swimmers and officials had to pay their way at a Meet in Florida, United States and at the Goodwill Meet in Guyana last year.
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