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Lavine apologises to BABBFF


MIKE KING, [email protected]

Lavine apologises to BABBFF

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Shaquile Lavine has accepted his six-month suspension and given the Barbados Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (BABBFF) the assurance he will not repeat his unsportsmanlike behaviour on May 12.

Lavine made that clear in an apology he tendered on Monday to the BABBFF for tossing his third place medal from the Mr Bridgetown contest onto the floor at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

In addition to the suspension, the 22-year-old Lavine was required to submit a written letter of apology to the BABBFF by May 31.

In the letter dated May 28, Lavine stated: “I am writing this letter to offer my deepest and sincerest apology for the behaviour I displayed on the night of May 12, 2018, at the Mr And Ms Bridgetown Bodybuilding and Fitness competition where I refused to act in good sportsmanship and accept my final placing with grace and dignity.

 

No excuses

 

“I make no excuses for my behaviour and understand that it was disrespectful to the audience, my fellow competitors, the judges and also an embarrassment to the Federation (BABBFF). I know that my actions will not be forgotten, but I ask that they be forgiven as I seek to comply with any disciplinary action placed upon me. I would also like to assure the association that I will never repeat this sort of behaviour.”

The suspension rules out Lavine for the rest of the year, meaning he will miss the nationals and the Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic, both of which he won last year.

A three-man disciplinary committee that comprised former IFBB pro Earl Maynard, Kathy-Ann Greenidge and Cassandra Hinds, met and recommended a six-month suspension which was ratified by the BABBFF.

Lavine, the 2015 winner of Mr Bridgetown, placed third at this year’s contest behind Ramon Broomes and Kirk Alleyne. (MK)

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