Athletes say sorry

Published: Saturday | June 29, 2013

BASSETERRE, St Kitts & Nevis (CMC):The St Kitts and Nevis Amateur Athletics Association (SKNAAA) said an impasse involving its elite athletes at the Olympic Games in London last year has been resolved.

, Evris HugginAthletes from the federation were thrown into the spotlight in London following the withdrawal of the accreditation of veteran sprinter Kim Collins prior to the preliminaries of the 100 metres and the sending home of Tameka Williams for an alleged doping violation.

Public relations officer of the SKNAAA, Evris Huggins, said that the athletes have apologised and the issue is now behind.

“We had to do an evaluation of what transpired in London and we met with all of the athletes who competed in London and gave them an opportunity to bring forth to the table what their interpretation of what transpired,” he said.

“We reviewed the contract and allowed them to see where they have made mistakes on the contract and where they breached the team contract and where they breached the code of conduct. They have all written letters of apologies to both the SKNAAA and SKNOC (St Kitts & Nevis Olympic Committee) and vowed not to have similar occurrences with that type of behaviour because that is something we will not be tolerating.”

However, Huggins did not reveal if Collins was among the athletes who submitted letters of apologies to the association. Collins is believed to be living and training in Jamaica.

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