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THE MAN OF THE PEOPLE is back at the helm of dominoes.
The newly-elected president of the National Domino, Whist and Hearts’ Association, Cedric Alleyne, said it was always the will of general body to have him back in charge of the sport following an eight-year hiatus.
Alleyne made the comments after easily ousting incumbent Rodney Inniss 83 votes to 50 during last weekend’s general elections at the Wildey Gymnasium.
“This is definitely a victory for the people,” said Alleyne following his first council meeting two nights ago.
“The clubs, the players, they all begged me to come back, and that’s why I did because there isn’t much in this for me personally and I wasn’t interested in running before they came to me.
“But dominoes deserves a level of professionalism and proper management. Tournaments need to be organized well and on time because we can’t have tournaments scheduled to start at three and nothing happens until six,” he added.
A former treasurer, who last served as president between 2003 and 2005, Alleyne has spent the last eight seasons leading Premier League club R.L. Seale QEH to a series of titles including three straight top-flight league titles and six of the last eight.
But Alleyne said the tournaments were starting to lose their lustre over that time while the card games like hearts and whist were discarded altogether.
“We seem to forget that we are not the Domino Association but the Domino, Whist and Hearts Association, so one of my first priorities is to reintroduce the card games including tonk to our tournaments,” he said.
“I don’t want us to forget the older people who started these tournaments here in Barbados, so every two months or so, we will be looking to have a seniors’ tournament as well as starting a welfare fund for our members who are less fortunate.”
Alleyne’s victory was just one of several sweeping changes to the previous executive that saw just three of its officers seeking re-election.
KC Joint club member Katrina Howell, one of two newcomers to the council, defeated one-time public relations officer and secretary Gregory Blenman 69-62 for the post of first vice-president, while Alicia Ashby was elected as second vice-president after beating Michael Harding 63-53.
Former secretary and Alleyne’s club mate, Suzette Hinds, reclaimed the post she last held back in 2004 when she downed Melissa St John 77-36.
Winifred Harbin-Jones was re-elected as treasurer, winning a tight battle 54-52 with Sophia Thorpe.
Veda De Bellotte ran opposed for the post of assistant secretary/ treasurer while former president Sharon Hunte is the new public relations officer. Tyrone Inniss and Shurland Bovell are the floor members.
Alleyne said the new season will start on February 17 with a church service at the Church of the Nazarene, Collymore Rock before the parade of teams at the Wildey Gymnasium on March 3.