Citizens in Slough England Disappointed about No Show of Olympic Team

According to newspaper reports in England, the incident took place before Williams was sent home and appears to be unrelated.

The reports indicate that “Athletes from the St. Kitts and Nevis Olympic Committee (SKNOC) squad – including veteran sprinter Kim Collins – were due to visit Chalvey Community Centre, in The Green, on Monday this week, (30th July, 2012).

However the St. Kitts and Nevis Association Slough, who organised the event, was left disappointed after the team pulled out on Thursday, last week, (26th July), due to ‘demands on the athletes’ time’.

On Saturday, (28th July), sprinter Tameka Williams, 22, was withdrawn from the SKNOC squad amid a potential drug violation.

The organizers of the event also disclosed that Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas and His Excellency Kevin Isaac, the country’s High Commissioner, were also due to attend.

The newspaper report indicated that Anita Herbert, SANAS chair, received an email from the country’s High Commission to cancel the event. It said the Olympic team was no longer available due to the demands on the athlete’s time and schedules.

Mrs Herbert, SANAS chair, said: “This is of great disappointment to all parties involved, particularly SANAS’ Executive Committee, who has worked tirelessly to coordinate the event, but mostly to our local community as we know how much everyone was looking forward to the visit of the Olympic athletes.

“These are exceptional circumstances, beyond our control and SANAS and the SKNOC send sincere apologies.”

The event was organised to show off the work SANAS does in the community and to celebrate the achievements of the St. Kitts and Nevis athletes – who are due to compete from today to Monday.

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