As Bermuda waits for the announcement of the Carifta Swimming Team, www.islandstats.com has learned that it is uncertain whether swimmers from Trinidad & Tobago will be represented at the Carifta Swimming Championship in Jamaica from March 31st - April 3rd.
Yesterday, Guardian Media Sports learnt that parents of swimmers were asked to pay $9,000 TT Dollars ($1,329.57 US Dollars) 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) 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.