The National Association of Athletics Administration (NAAA) remains mum on whether or not drug testing was conducted at the National Track and Field Championships earlier this year.
The matter of testing at the National Championships came up last week, with Minister of Sports Anil Roberts posing questions to the NAAA following the withdrawal of two T&T athletes from the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, Russia.
The NAAA in a media release confirmed that female sprinters Semoy Hackett and Kelly Ann Baptiste were withdrawn from the World Championships due to “doping matters of varying degrees and complexity”.
Commenting on the situation, Roberts said: “I would like to ask the NAAA if any tests were done at our National Championships and if none were conducted...why?
“When you select a team, all athletes must be tested when selected,” Roberts added, asking whether or not the NAAA requested that testing be done on the team selected for the Championships.
“This is a very serious thing and I am hearing a deafening silence from the NAAA. All those people making an irresponsible, risky decision must pay the price and remove themselves,” the Minister said.
The NAAA has so far made no public statements relating to drug testing. Asked if any tests were done at the National Championships, Allan Baboolal, who was the Games Committee Chairman for the event said: “I am not prepared to answer any questions on drug testing at this moment.”
The National Track and Field Championships are used by the NAAA to select the best athletes to represent T&T at international events like the Olympics and World Championships.
However, the Express understands that no drug testing was done during the National Championships due to lack of funds.