‘Dominoes at its worst’
Not everyone is on the Rodney Inniss bandwagon.
Cedric Alleyne is looking to make a grand return to office after openly questioning Inniss’ management of the National Domino Whist and Hearts Clubs’ Association during the current president’s two tenures.
Alleyne will be Inniss’ main rival at tomorrow’s general elections where the incumbent will be seeking a third successive term.
“There isn’t much in it for me but a lot of the clubs and players have asked me to come back because the association has gone to the dogs,” Alleyne said.
“It’s the worst it has ever been as the clubs aren’t gaining anything and a lot of people have said they won’t play another year under him because everything is so disorganised and the prize money isn’t going up.
“Tournaments don’t start on time, people don’t know what is going on in these competitions and now we don’t even play hearts or whist anymore, but yet it is still in the association’s name,” he added.
A veteran player with premier champion club QEH, Alleyne last served as president of the association six years ago before making way for Inniss’ predecessor Sharon Hunte.
Inniss has been credited n some circles for local dominoes’ revival following Barbados’ recapture – and subsequent defence – of the World Championship and the improvement of the association’s financial standing.
But Alleyne believes otherwise, saying the general body hasn’t seen a proper financial statement since Hunte’s presidency while claiming that Inniss has failed to come up with significant fund-raising ventures.
“They spent funds to send the national team to the World Championships in the US but you have to ask if they have been able to put back the money as yet,” Alleyne said.
“We don’t even see a decent financial statement, and then scores for tournaments haven’t been publicized for the last two years.
“But all of a sudden he decides he wants run again, so he has run to the papers.
“So all I can say is that I have my plans to put dominoes back on track again and everything will be improved, especially the management. But I am not willing to reveal them until Sunday [tomorrow] because I won’t be giving him ideas,” he added.
Nine posts will be contested at the elections, which are slated for 6 p.m. at the Wildey Gymnasium.