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Judge reinstates St Louis, Chung tennis injunction

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An interim injunction barring the T&T Table Tennis Association (TTTTA) from taking further action on its two representatives for the 2018 Commonwealth Games was lifted and reinstated within six hours yesterday.

The TTTTA had applied for the injunction to be lifted when a lawsuit, filed by T&T’s most decorated table tennis players Dexter St Louis and his step daughter Rheann Chung, came up for hearing before Justice Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday.

Attorney Dinesh Rambally claimed that St Louis and Chung were required to provide a guarantee that they would be able to pay

damages if they eventually lose their substantive lawsuit.

The damages represents claims that could be made against the TTTTA by the two athletes it selected, in the event that they miss the games if the lawsuit is not determined in time. The event will be held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between April 5 and 15.

Rambally also claimed that the injunction should not continue as it was more convenient to allow the selected players to participate

at the event as opposed to no players participating at all.

Donaldson-Honeywell agreed with Rambally on the guarantee and agreed to lift the temporary injunction.

However, hours after Donaldson-Honeywell gave her decision, she was forced to reverse it as St Louis and Chung’s lawyers provided the requested financial information.

She adjourned the case to January 31, when she will give her decision on the continuation of the injunction pending the final determination of the case. St Louis and Chung’s case is expected to go on trial on March 5. St Louis and Chung were not present in court as they both reside in France.

In their lawsuit, St Louis, 50, and 33-year-old Chung are questioning the process used by the association to select 19-year-old Aaron Wilson and 21-year-old Yuvraj Dookram to the team and Arun Ramnarine as reserve.

The pair is seeking damages for breach of contract, conspiracy and unlawful interference and an order that the issue be resolved through the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC)’s arbitration process.

In defence of the lawsuit, the TTTTA is claiming that the duo was informed via email of the selection criteria and chose not to

participate.

It is also alleging that they only decided to challenge the process after it was completed.

The TTTTA is also claiming that it had closely followed the TTOC’s guidelines and deadlines in making its selection.

It is also claiming that arbitration is not an option as such an only be initiated by the association under the TTOC’s constitution.

St Louis and Chung are being represented by Mathew Gayle, Sheriza Khan and Dr Emir Crowne, while Kiel Tacklalsingh, Denish Rambally and Stefan Ramkissoon are also representing the TTTTA.

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