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Potts pleads with T&T boxer to come clean

Published: 
Monday, August 18, 2014

National boxer Carlos Suarez, who represented T&T at the London 2012 Olympic Games is being asked by Special Advisor to the T&T Boxing Board of Control Buxo Potts to apologise to this country for alleged wrongdoing and misconduct, and T&T will forgive him.

Potts is claiming that Suarez, who earned the right to fight for T&T because of his Trinidadian mother, broke many rules and regulations while preparing for the Olympics. Potts said when Suarez first came to T&T to be part of the Olympics National Team he was overweight and unfit.

Suarez, now 21, refused to cooperate with the method of training to take the weight off while keeping fit. A drug test was conducted on Suarez and he tested positive for marijuana, Potts said. 

He was however, given the opportunity to clean up his act. 

According to Potts, the boxer continued to complain about everything in the camp. He had a problem with the food, the trainer and the coaching method. 

Suarez found the diet food was not tasty enough hence the reason for his complaining and leaving camp to go out and purchase junk foods. 

He complained to his father about everything, especially the food, but when his father came to Trinidad and ate the same diet food prepared for the athletes at the camp he was satisfied.

Potts stated that upon leaving the training camp to travel to Brazil for the qualifier tournament, young Suarez decided to severely damage the hotel room where he stayed. He said Suarez broke the door down, destroyed the toilet system and wrote derogatory remarks on the wall of the room.

While in Brazil, Potts said, Suarez struggled to take the weight off because of his indiscipline behaviour with training. He spent more time in sweat suits and saunas trying to take the weight off. Nevertheless he qualified in fourth place for the Olympics. Potts believes had he cooperated, he would have done a lot better. 

Suarez’ father stated that his son was an Olympian and needed to get his $250,000 athlete funding for qualifying for the Olympics. He was told the money was released in tranches and needed to be properly accounted for before the second tranche was released to him. 

Potts claimed Suarez had previously received $75,000 and refused to account for it when asked to do so. It was later discovered he used the money to make a music record and it was not used for training and supplements. 

Suarez and his father are back in T&T claiming they will be representing T&T at the 2016 Olympics. 

Before he can be reinstated into the amateur association, Potts is asking that Suarez publicly apologises for all the derogatory statements he made, seek affiliation with the amateur association before he can represent T&T, adhere to the rules and regulations of the amateur association, passes a drug and fitness test and pays his amateur boxing license fee of $10.