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What's Trending: Suki cries foul

Looka Lew, lookalew@nationenws.com

Added 15 August 2014

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The Nation’s Online Editor Sherrylyn Toppin looks at What’s Trending today in Barbados. Ronald “Suki” King is contending that a mix-up in travel plans robbed him of a fair chance to defend his World Go-As-You-Please title. Busy running around trying to sort out his flight home via Scotland after the organisers had booked a one-way ticket to Italy, King meekly surrendered the title he had held for 23 years to Italian Sergio Scarpetta. The Italian was leading 2-1 going into the final day of competition with the four matches remaining, and King says organisers did not allow him to play after he had sorted out his travel arrangements in the evening. Manager Desmond Maughan, who was also in Italy, said they were never told by the referee that he was awarding the championships to Scarpetta. King has lodged an appeal with the world body. Online readers had mixed views on the situation. Denise Best-Walrond: This doesn’t make any sense. Suki [is] ust making excuses for not being prepared to compete. Anyone that does as much traveling as he does, knows full well the difference between around trip ticket and a one way. Steve Barker: How can you travel not knowing your itinerary? Shawn Daniel: Why is this going on? From the time I know myself Suki was the king in the world at draughts and Barbados has never done [anything] for him. He he had to wash cars to raise funds to travel and represent Barbados. The Ministry of Sports should be shame. He lost a crown through a plane ticket. Shocking! Hope Thomas: Still the king. Still the champion. Paul Sivers: Excuses, excuses....you get wash off. Caroca Cabrinie: If Barbados can send footballers and cricketers overseas to get beat up, why not help this guy out financially for his trips since he is more than capable of winning something? He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Tony Millington: It is obvious that the referee wanted the title to go to the Italian player. Gregston Griffith: Suki, my advice to you is ask the Sport Minister to get some help in the Court of Arbitration, which can either replace the champion or make it null and void. But where was your manager? He should have checked out all this info. Wayne Clarke: Twenty-three years is a long time, so he was the best in his time. Daniel Burton: Pay your own way and it would never happen. Could only blame himself. Linus Reynold: Still the King. Patricia Burrowes-Boucher: This is a shame.

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