The National Basketball Federation has been suspended by the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee. In a letter dated January 4th (today) the suspension is a result of the NBFTT’s defiance of a TTOC Tribunal’s ruling back in May 2021.
The NBFTT had previously suspended BCATT Chairman Keith Clement and VP ( Finance) Ikenna Joseph, but the Tribunal found the suspensions to be unconstitutional and recommended that the suspensions be reversed. The NBFTT however, has since expelled the board members, an action in complete defiance .
In addition to recommending the reinstatement of the two board members, the NBFTT were advised to revise the NBFTT constitution to “ensure that the language and text support the concept of due process”. The NBFTT also ignored invitations to meet with the TTOC.
The letter by the TTOC reiterates that the 6-month suspension that runs from January 4th to July 4th by the TTOC would mean that Trinidad and Tobago “would not be required to participate in any authorized sporting event of the TTOC either locally, regionally or internationally”. This places the Commonwealth Games in jeopardy although the games will take place from the 28th of July. The preparation work by the NBFTT will be gravely affected.
While this would affect games like Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Pan Am games, other international tournaments are not directly affected. However it would be a bit more difficult for the NBFTT to get funding, especially if SPORTT takes a similar stand. Other non-TTOC affiliated tournaments T&T are expected to take part in are: Centrobasket U-17 Qualifiers (April) , 3X3 U-23 Nations League ( April to Sept) , Male Pre Olympics Qualifiers (July), Women’s Centrobasket Qualifiers (July) and CBC U-17 Male and Female (July).