The newly formed Trinidad and Tobago Basketball Players Association is asking the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago questions regarding the selection and trials games of national teams of two different age groups.
The first concern raised, is the plans to host the trial games for the National under 17 three by three teams, during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The association led by interim chairman, Straker Nets guard, Triston Benjamin said they “are very disappointed with the decision taken by the NBFTT to announce that National Trials for the Under-17 Boys Basketball team which was due to commence on Wednesday 23rd June, 2021 and continue at three venues across Trinidad and Tobago in subsequent days”, that schedule has since been changed.
The release explained the “move by the NBFTT shows that it does not care about the players especially since this event would take place during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and worse yet during a State of Emergency”.
The second concern raised by the association surrounds the National Men’s Under-23 3×3 basketball qualification for the 2021 Junior Pan American Games which will take place in Cali, Colombia from November 28-30, 2021. “We the players are concerned about how Trinidad and Tobago qualified, and how the National players will be selected as a private tournament took place in late March and early April for ‘specially invited’ players who used this opportunity to be placed in an advantageous position, to be selected ahead of players who were not invited or who had higher ranking points prior”.
The association claims the NBFTT is happy about this qualification, the fact is that some players were placed at a disadvantage and to date, the NBFTT is yet to address their concerns.
“It is the player’s strong belief that the current officers of the NBFTT do not have the players and the sport at heart and the sport is being mismanaged whereby friends and those loyal to the elected officers are being preferred with favors; rather than, providing opportunities for everyone in the sport on merit”.
The association is calling on the elected officers to resign and let the general membership host a fresh election to put people in office who really want to see the sport progress.