Trinidad and Tobago discus thrower Quincy Wilson sues athletic association

By November 12, 2019

Trinidad and Tobago athlete Quincy Wilson is suing the National Association of Athletic Associations over what he claims is the association’s negligence which caused him to become injured thereby losing the ability to earn, to train and prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The suit was filed in Trinidad and Tobago's High Court of Justice on Monday. Dr Emir Crowne, Matthew Gayle, Crys­tal Paul, and Ja­son Jones are representing the disaffected athlete.

The 28-year-old Wilson is an eight-time national champion and holds the national record of 59.65m. He has also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CARIFTA Games and in 2011 won a bronze medal at the NACAC U23 Championships in Mexico.

In late July, on or about the 28th, Wilson was competing at the national championships. He stepped into the ring and executed two throws. Two other throws were fouls. However, on his fifth throw, he slipped and fell.

According to court documents obtained by Sportsmax.TV, Wilson suffered shock and severe pain, a meniscal tear in his right knee, pain in both knees. He subsequently experienced psychological damage, mental anguish and a loss of quality of life.

Wilson claims his subsequent inability to train has affected his mood and personality, and he is unable to carry out his household chores and his responsibilities as a husband and father.

He blames the NAAA in that they or their employees painted or covered the discus circle with the wrong substance making it slippery. He also claims that the NAAA failed to ensure that the discus circle was at the requisite standard of safety and that they failed to inspect the circle prior to his accident.

Wilson also claims, among other things, that the NAAA failed to use a certified IAAF official to inspect the circle.

As a result, he wants the NAAA to pay for or facilitate his rehabilitation, cover his lost wages. He is also seeking compensation for the loss of opportunity to compete professionally and possibly attracting sponsors.

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 SportsMax.tv he is pursuing his true passion - sports.

Related items

  • Fraser-Pryce earns inaugural Panam Sports Awards nod Fraser-Pryce earns inaugural Panam Sports Awards nod

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was yesterday named the Best Female Athlete at the inaugural Panam Sports Awards in Fort Lauderdale.

    The Jamaican sprint star was earning the award for her performances at the 2019 Pan American Games, while Brazillian gymnast Francisco Barretto was named the Best Male Athlete.

    Fraser-Pryce, who was running in her first Pan American Games, broke the 200-metre games record, a mark that had stood for 40 years, when she clocked 22.43 seconds for gold.

    Fraser-Pryce was beating American cyclist Chloe Dygert, Argentine swimmer, Delfina Pignatiello, Mexican racquetballer Paola Longoria, and Venezuelan triple jumper, Yulimar Rojas.

    Barretto was beating Grenadian javelin thrower, Anderson Peters, Trinidad & Tobago cyclist Niholas Paul, Venezuelan fencer Ruben Limardo and Cuban wrestler Mijain Lopez.

  • Was Yohan Blake being envious when he said he was overshadowed by Bolt? Was Yohan Blake being envious when he said he was overshadowed by Bolt?

    Yohan Blake believes he could have had a better career had it not been for Usain Bolt. Do you believe the statements surrounding the issue smack of envy?

  • Minister of Sport says YASCO redevelopment almost complete Minister of Sport says YASCO redevelopment almost complete

    Antigua & Barbuda Minister of Sports, Daryll Matthew, believes the YASCO Sports Complex, a facility that functioned in a state of disrepair and the only track and field facility on the island, will have it’s refurbishments complete in short order.

    According to Matthew, the workers are preparing to carry out the final phase of work before the laying the new surface of the track.

    “They have done all of the preparatory work in terms of the sub-base and everything, so the final layer is to start going on, and I am told it’s supposed to be about five or six day’s work, and it cures for, I think, two weeks and then the rubber goes down,” he said.

    The YASCO facility has been the subject of embarrassment for the country on a number of occasions with promises for its upgrade going unfulfilled on a number of occasions.

    Add the high-profile athletes Cejhae Greene and Miguel Francis, to a growing list who refuse to use the facilities and the news takes on even greater value for the island.

    “We’re expecting someone here this week [from track builders Mondo] and so between myself and the president of the NOC [EP Chet Greene], I’ve sent off some correspondents to PASO and Mondo because we have to proceed. We don’t want to continue to delay the laying of that final layer of asphalt because there is a lifespan on things like the adhesive which we’ve had for a while,” he said. 

    The news contrasts a previous announcement from president of the Antigua and Barbuda Athletics Association, Everton Conelius, who said persistent rains were causing delays that could amount to another five months of delays.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.