A bitter legal battle is currently brewing between five-time national table tennis champion Kane Tomlinson and the Jamaica Table Tennis Association (JTTA), after Tomlinson was removed from the delegation to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in England. .
Tomlinson, who missed the national trials almost two weeks ago, is today furious that despite already qualifying for the games thanks to his number one ranking and being the highest ranked Jamaican in the world, his non-participation in the trials is used as a reason for him to be dropped from the team.
Meanwhile, Tomlinson’s lawyer, in a letter dated July 19, asked JTTA for clarification as to why his client was removed from the JTTA delegation to Birmingham, and why the player’s kit had been upheld, since based on the timeline of events, Tomlinson did not violate the rules of the association.
The JTTA, in response to Tomlinson’s attorney, stated in its letter dated July 22 that ….quote… “the position of the JTTA Board of Management has not changed regarding the removal of Mr. Simon Tomlinson from table tennis delegation to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, we reiterate that he is not permitted to represent Jamaica in Birmingham”.
Tomlinson now faces a race against time as the Jamaican table tennis delegation leaves the island on Thursday.
The delegation includes National Champion Kane Watson, three-time National Soleisha Young and Coach Sandra Rettie.