The Selection Committee of the T&T Cycling Federation and its Technical Director Erin Hartwell could face legal action for the constant omission of cyclist Quincy Alexander from the T&T team.
This stemmed from a release by national coach and technical director Hartwell yesterday, demanding that Alexander's father Nigel Alexander be permanently banned from attending training sessions at the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain, Couva after he was accused of bias and unfair treatment against his son ahead of the World Championship.
Hartwell in his release said, "After training Alexander approached the national team group and loudly began accusing me of bias and unfair play against his son in not recommending him for the World Championships."
He noted, "I attempted to inform Mr Alexander that Quincy is ineligible for consideration for the World Championship according to the TTCF's own policies and procedures for Worlds' selection. It's not my policy, it's the TTCF's."
According to Hartwell the rant of the senior Alexander took place in full view of cyclists Njisane Phillip and Keron Bramble, both members of the country's world championship team, as well as other security personnel who later sought to remove him from the environment.
Guided by the rules of the International Cycling Union (UCI), the TTCF require that for cyclists to compete at the World Championship, they must have completed at least one of the World Cups. However, world cups selection is done by the TTCF's Selection Committee based on recommendations of the coach.
The committee comprises chairman Joseph Roberts, David Francis, Robert Farrier who is also president of the cycling federation, Rowena Williams, Carl Williams, Robert Farrell and Ashton Williams who joined in January.
Alexander (Quincy) told Guardian Media Sports yesterday that he has been the target of constant victimisation since Hartwell took over and a pre-action protocol letter was served on the TTCF.
He said, "I intended to consult my lawyers for selection on the world championship team since Hartwell has not provided proof of which riders should be picked based on performances and times. He has deliberately not selected me, and has not even attempted to work on areas he says I am weak."
He continued, "I think he is just being unfair to me. In fact, my lawyer, who determined that Hartwell was unfair and bias in his selection of the Pan Am team, will again be called on to act on my behalf."
Although Quincy was told he could not make the world championship team because he did not compete at the World Cup, but was informed he could make the team for the Kilometre Time Trial event, only if he pays his own expenses.
Guardian Media Sports was informed that Hartwell rarely uses times made by riders to justify his recommendation for selection, and committee members do not ask for any.
A member of the committee, speaking on condition of anonymity, said he abstained from voting on the selection of the team for the New Zealand and Hong Kong World Cups in January because Hartwell did not supply data on the cyclists' times.
He provided Guardian Media Sports with emails to verify his claim. The emails showed a response from Hartwell with only times for Nicholas Paul, Phillip and Bramble, but no mention of Quincy was made. Information was also supplied for Kwesi Brown but with no times. The committee member said that the process for the selection of teams must be fair.