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Foster clears air on draughts issues

Tuesday, April 23 2013

SOME CLUB officials in the Trinidad and Tobago Draughts Association (TTDA) have expressed concerns with the way the organisation is being run.

The organisation is being headed by president Rufus Foster and comprises other executives such as vice president Harvey Khan, treasurer Kumar Sookram and Anthony Ramtahal among others. The officials who are reluctant to reveal their identities for fear of being victimised, are complaining that the association is being managed in a dictatorial manner, in which Foster has been making all the decisions.

According to the officials “There have been no meetings, yet major decisions are being made.” They are also demanding a statement of accounts for monies spent for the recent Pan American Draughts Championship that was held here between February 17 to March 3 at the Cascadia Hotel.

From the championship which was a qualifier for the World Championship in Russia in May only one player — Dixon Maughn progressed. “We want to know how much money was spent on the tournament and how it was spent” the officials said. In an interview at Newsday’s office last week the officials are also questioning the hiring of a Dutch coach for a lengthy sum, although no development work is being done.

“This coach has never once helped Maughn during his preparation for the Pan Am Championship. And at present there are lots of Under-19 players who need to be developed but nothing is being done” the officials have said.

Contacted recently Foster said he has always operated with an opened door policy to members.

The ex Defence Force member said he has always managed the affairs of the sport in a democratic manner and called on members who are interested in getting information about draughts to visit the organisation office.

He gave the assurance that all information will be given to those who want it. He accused some club members of having personal grievances with him because they want his job. “There are some members in the orgainsation who do not want to see me progress in the sport. And what made things even worse was the fact that I was promoted to a vice president in the Pan Am Federation, which has given me overall responsibility for the Caribbean and this has created animosity among those members” Foster said.

The draughts boss said he is willing to have a meeting with all those who have problems with him, in a move to iron out the differences. “I will show all the accounts being requested.”

Foster described the accusations levelled against him as mischievous and said his orgainsation will hold an executive meeting at the Draughts Association office in D’Abadie on April 26. Concerning the hiring of the Dutch coach Foster said he was used to help Maughn qualify for the world championship.

However when contacted, Maughn said he was never coached by the Dutch coach.

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