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Hinds out of Glasgow Games


Hinds out of Glasgow Games

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FRUSTRATED with an inability by the Barbados Olympic Association (BOA) to source funds to finance his training and preparation, this country’s fastest man, Andrew Hinds, has opted to withdraw from the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
?Hinds, a former Olympian and Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games 200 metres bronze medallist has pulled out of the July 24 to August 2 meet after discussions with BOA secretary general Erskine Simmons on his build-up to Glasgow fell down.
“The situation is this. I wanted to head over to Europe just after the recent national championships, so I could get prepared for the Commonwealth Games. At this level, you definitely need races because you can’t remain in Barbados just training.
“A meeting was held with the athletes at which it was stated that funds were available to assist us with our preparation. As you know summer is a tough time to travel in terms of bookings so I was just trying to remind Simmons of the urgency.
“It came to a head when I tried to make contact with him, and I was told to stop calling him and it would be better if I spoke to my national federation. I didn’t like the tone and I have to admit that I was very upset. I corresponded with my agent in Germany and when my agent asked what was happening in relation to the proposed funds for training, I don’t have anything to tell him.
“I decided there and then that it was best to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games through to the lacks of funds and preparation. It doesn’t make sense going there and get knocked out in the first round,” he said.
Hinds told MIDWEEK SPORT, that both the BOA and the Athletic Association of Barbados (AAB) need to be more proactive on dealing with issues facing national athletes.
“When you have to deal with the AAB and the BOA, you have to get behind them. If you don’t, they would sit back and don’t make any moves. I am in good shape and I believe if I had gotten to Europe, it would have made a huge difference to my preparation, because this is my best season.
“I have never had such an opening even in the year when I ran 10.03 but I just can’t stay in Barbados and just be training and go to Scotland and compete against guys that are racing every weekend in Europe,” he said.
All efforts to reach Simmons, who was reportedly making his way from Miami to Barbados, for comment proved futile.
The team of six for Scotland is led by former world champion sprint hurdler, Ryan Brathwaite. He is one four hurdlers in the team. The others are Greggmar Swift, Shane Brathwaite, and Kierre Beckles. Sprinters Ramon Gittens and Jade Bailey complete the team.
Alwyn Babb is coach while Chalise Jordan is the athletic therapist.