Commonwealth 100m champ Ahye defends decision not to run relay

By April 16, 2018
Ahye has defended her decision not to run the relays at the Commonwealth Games last weekend in Australia Ahye has defended her decision not to run the relays at the Commonwealth Games last weekend in Australia

Commonwealth Games Women’s 100m champion Michelle Lee Ahye has defended her decision late last week to withdraw from T&T’s sprint relay team at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games.

Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth in 43.50s which angered some in her home country who believe that the Caribbean island could have been among the medals had she run. Great Britain dethroned Jamaica to win in a national record 42.46 over Jamaica (42.52) and Nigeria (42.75s) who won silver and bronze respectively. Ahye won the 100m title, becoming the first ever woman from that country to win a Commonwealth Gold medal in the event. There were also two other Trinidadians - Khalifa St. Fort and Rayere Thomas - were also in the finals.

One critic was former T&T athlete Alvin Daniels, who said, the country, having three women in the finals, missed out on a chance to add to their three medals won at the Games.

“(Ahye) opting out of the 4x100, I think that’s a big blow. I don’t think that’s something that should be happening unless an athlete has a major injury,” said former T&T athlete Alvin Daniel, who was critical of the sprinter in an interview with the Newsday, after news broke that the 100m champion would not take part in the relays prior to the finals.

“I think we have an opportunity now to showcase and to leave a good mark, coming out of the Commonwealth Games and, also, for the (2019) World Championships and the (2020) Olympics. I think she should run the 4x100. They have a very good chance for the gold. I would hope that she and our administration reconsider that move, especially in a time like now.”

Ahye, who did not give a reason for her decision to withdraw from the relay squad, defended her stance via a post on her Facebook page.

“These Trinidad news reporters; I did put my country first by going out there and winning the first ever female gold medal at the Commonwealth Games,” she said. “The relay is not made of a team of 1, it’s a team of six regardless of me not running. Don’t come at me like I did something wrong because I didn’t boycott, I didn’t sabotage the team. Would y’all have been this mad if i didn’t take part in the 100m?”

Ahye has been known for her controversial stances in recent times.

Last year, she threatened to find another country to represent claiming that her country does not recognize the accomplishments of their female athletes. The men, who won the gold medal in the mile relay at the IAAF World Championships, but none of the female athletes, herself included for getting into respective finals at the championships.



Leighton Levy

Leighton Levy is a journalist with 28 years’ experience covering crime, entertainment, and sports. He joined the staff at SportsMax.TV as a content editor two years ago and is enjoying the experience of developing sports content and new ideas. At he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

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