BOXU POTTS, special adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC), has written to Auditor General Sharman Ottley, seeking an investigation.
“Madam Auditor General we are seeking to use your good office to assist boxing in accounting for the Board’s 2012/2013 financial allocation,” Potts said in his letter.
Yesterday, Potts held a press conference at Sweet Lime Restaurant, Woodbrook, where he again alleged that a $4,075,654.99 portion of the TTBBC’s allocation had not reached the Board.
Further, Potts said his letter to Ottley had also been copied to the Integrity Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, President Anthony Carmona, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and superintendent Vincel Edwards of the Fraud Squad.
“I have upped my game,” said Potts, who also declared that he was prepared to walk away from boxing if the matter was not properly investigated. “Last year, four million went missing from boxing. This year one trance reached the Boxing Board. If I was to tell a lie and say that four million was missing from the Ministry of Sport’s Boxing Board allocation, I should be jailed for that.”
Further, Potts alleged that several national team camps and gyms throughout the country have been closed because funds have not been released by the Ministry of Sport. He called on the relevant authorities to re-open these institutions and pay coaches and providers of services rendered.
Potts also claimed that the Ministry of Sport had reneged on paying a $5,000 monthly pension to Claude Noel, this country’s first world boxing champion.
“Someone has to account,” Potts declared. “I work. I went to work for this Government to get in office so things like this could not happen. But now it takes place right under meh nose. If allyuh want to fire meh for talking the truth, then fire meh in front of the nation.”